McDonald brothers proving to be a boost for A&C
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