BUCKHAVEN Sharks U16s rugby team have reached the final of the Scottish Schools Bowl after defeating McLaren High School from Stirling 13-7.
The match was played in true semi-final spirit, with both teams desperate to win and playing with tremendous pride and ferocious tenacity.
It took a piece of individual brilliance and hard work from the Sharks to break the deadlock. Scott Warrender played a clever kick over
McLaren’s defence, which was chased down by Reece Laird and Dialon Hernandez, who then proceeded to skilfully avoid the presence of the remaining defenders to open the scoring.
A great start from the Sharks who were going to have to be at their best to get past the Stirling side.
This, however, got a reaction from McLaren High School, and they were soon on the score sheet themselves, after some breathtaking rampages.
After his assist earlier in the game, Scott Warrender remained composed and calm as he regained the Sharks’ lead with a well-struck penalty to make it 8-7 just before the break.
With a place at Murrayfield up for grabs, nerves were apparent in the second half, with both sides making mistakes.
The Sharks then settled down and went on to dominate for long periods of the second half.
Despite this, it took heroic try-saving tackles from Mark Anderson and captain Robert Dick to keep McLaren High School at bay.
The Sharks, motivated by their defensive performance, increased the tempo and more impressive team work led to a try from their powerful winger, Willie Murray, to make the score 13-7.
This was to prove the final scoring of the game.
McLaren High School were well organised and passionate, and will be disappointed that it is not them who will be going through to the final.
The Sharks knew they would have to play well to clinch a place in the final, and they did.
They now have a trip to Murrayfield in the final to look forward to.