Watson’s ease into another Murrayfield final by summoning second-half surge
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GEORGE WATSON’S booked their place in the last two of the Scottish Schools under-18 Cup after defeating Dundee High School by 34-17 in the second of the semi finals at Mayfield yesterday and will face Dollar Academy in the final on the international pitch next Wednesday.
Watson’s, who are in the top school Conference, a tier above Dundee High School, were the clear favourites to win yesterday’s semi final but in the event the Tayside school, now coached by the former Scotland stand-off Phil Godman, were competitive throughout and at half time led their opponents by two points.
“Dundee were very good. Phil’s done a wonderful job with them. It was a typical semi final,” said the Watson’s coach, Ally Donaldson.
He added : “We had chances to put them away when we were 8-0 up but they stuck in and came back and there were times when the pendulum swung in their favour But we’ll learn from this game.”
Watson’s used the physicality of their midfield and full back to good effect, albeit Dundee High defended bravely and at times with precision and the Myresiders had to overcome a 8-10 half time deficit. The game changed, however, early in the second half when Watson’s ran in three tries in quick succession.
“The game was won in that first 10 minutes after the break when Watson’s showed why they’ve been the Cup final winners for the last three years. It’s the first time our group have been in a game as big as this,” suggested the Dundee coach, Godman.
Watson’s looked likely winners when they opened up a 8-0 lead from a try by winger Calum MacDonald and a penalty from scrum half Fraser Peters. But a fightback by Dundee High School produced a try for standoff Ewan Fox and the conversion and a penalty by full back Rory Johnston.
Tries in quick succession by wing Lucien Richtenberg, Peters and prop Calum Eastwood and two conversions from Peters put Watson’s 27-10 ahead. But again Dundee High responded, this time scoring through Lewis Keddie, a member of the home side’s outstanding back row.
Watson’s, however had the final say with a solo try by their powerfully built full back Callum Martin, Peters adding the conversion to amplify the winning margin.
GODMAN: Dundee High School coach