McDon­ald brothers prov­ing to be a boost for A&C

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SIGN­ING Mike McDon­ald from Lon­don Scot­tish over the summer brought an ex­tra bonus for Amer­sham & Chiltern bos Richie Wil­liams, writes Tim Street.

With him came younger brother Cameron McDon­ald, whose dis­play at full-back was one of the few bright points of Satur­day’s 39-5 de­feat at Hert­ford.

The 17-year-old scored Chiltern’s only try to cap an im­pres­sive dis­play of tough tack­ling, in­clud­ing three try-sav­ing ef­forts.

Head coach Wil­liams said: “I had coached Mike when he played for Eng­land Coun­ties, and he wasn’t get­ting a lot of game time at Lon­don Scot­tish, so he jumped at the chance when I of­fered him the op­por­tu­nity to come here.

“His younger brother, Cam, rocked up with him. He was play­ing for the Lon­don Scot­tish Academy last season, but this is his first taste of men’s rugby. He only turned 17 dur­ing pre-season, but he didn’t look out of place.

“There were lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties for him to show what he can do with the ball in his hand dur­ing our first league game, but we saw on Satur­day that he is a re­ally tal­ented player who could go onto to have a great rugby ca­reer.”

The de­feat at Hert­ford was a sec­ond in as many games for Chiltern since their re­turn to na­tional league rugby, and they will be look­ing to turn it around at home to Southend this Satur­day.

Wil­liams added: “It was ac­tu­ally a bet­ter per­for­mance than in our first game. We had worked on our scrum and li­ne­out in train­ing and they were strengths for us. It was just lapses in con­cen­tra­tion at key mo­ments which a well dis­ci­plined side cap­i­talised on.

“But I am com­fort­able with the squad we have and be­lieve we will come good. Southend came down from Na­tional Two but have lost a lot of their stronger play­ers, so it is a game we will be tar­get­ing.”

Safe hands: Amer­sham & Chiltern’s Cam McDon­ald

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