The sun was beaming on a glorious game of rugby which saw Cargilfield’s two teams, the Under 9 Wolves and Tigers, face a well-structured Merchiston side. After some enthusiastic handling drills, the boys were excited to get their first game underway! First out were the Wolves who hunted as a pack and rose to the occasion. Mack made some strong ball carries forward to get the game rolling. After some lively running, the wolves were first to pounce and made the first try theirs. Merchiston weren’t going to give up that easily. They took advantage of our defence not being spread out widely enough and got round us to score in the left corner. The Cargilfield Wolves (learning from their mistake) drove on in attack, successfully finding another try. The seconds were dying out when Merchiston came back with a late equaliser to achieve a 2-2 draw.
If that game wasn’t exciting enough, the Under 9 Tigers were snarling to get some points on the board against their well honed Merchiston opposition. After watching their friends in Blue, they realised that they had to play with a more expansive gameplan. They did this well with Wolfie showing something of Finn Russell’s quick decision making, spreading the ball out wide to the wingers. Rory’s dancing feet were instrumental to Cargifield’s success in the game, when he was able to step in between the defenders and create space out wide. He was a deserved winner of the man of the match award, alos showing real courage after getting a stamp on his hand. This meant that the Cargilfield Tigers took the win, 3 tries to 1.
With the games against Merchiston finished, it was time for the Wolves to face the Tigers in the final game! Both teams were raring to be the more dominant species but the game ended as a 1-1 draw: honours even as there was little to separate the two sides with both playing some excellent rugby. I would like to thank the boys for their brilliant effort and thank Merchiston Castle School for being such great hosts.