Ju­nior scor­ing spree too late

New­ton U16s com­plete the dou­ble

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work by Rory Sin­clair, Rob­bie Briggs and Euan Young.

The third was a great solo ef­fort by Fraser Gib­son who col­lected a kick-off on his own 22 and barn­stormed his way through tack­les to run in un­der the posts. Cal­lum McClure con­verted to put Ste­wartry ahead.

The vis­i­tors took full ad­van­tage of a tir­ing Blacks de­fen­sive line to run in two more tries be­fore the break.

Ste­wartry got off to a de­cent start in the sec­ond half, Hunter tak­ing the ball at a li­ne­out and driv­ing over, McClure land­ing the con­ver­sion from far out.

From the restart the Blacks worked the ball blind and Ewan Con­ner swerved past his op­po­site winger to sprint 60 me­tres for a touch­down with McClure’s con­ver­sion putting his side back in front.

How­ever, in­creas­ing fa­tigue and in­juries saw New­ton find­ing more space and they scored three quick tries be­fore a fi­nal ef­fort pro­duced great pres­sure on the vis­it­ing de­fence from Hunter, Traynor and Gib­son be­fore a li­ne­out was turned over in the vis­it­ing 22 and Hunter was over for his third.

The fi­nal scor­ing burst was not quite enough and New­ton went away with a de­served dou­ble. De­spite the re­sult, Ste­wartry man­ager Alan Burns was proud of his play­ers and par­tic­u­larly their progress since the sea­son opener.

He nom­i­nated Mur­ray’s try as the mo­ment of the match and Hunter as the Ste­wartry man of the match.

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