Watson’s ease into an­other Mur­ray­field fi­nal by sum­mon­ing sec­ond-half surge

DUNDEE HIGH SCHOOL 17 GE­ORGE WATSON’S COL­LEGE 34

The Herald - Sport - - RUGBY UNION - ALAN LORIMER

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

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