Wee Reds at Watsonian Tournament

Wee Reds at Watsonian Minis’ Festival

Sunday 05 March 2023

P6 Match Report

Report by Tim Armour

The Wee Reds P6 Minis headed to the capital on a crisp Sunday morning, to play their part in the Watsonian Warriors mini festival at Myreside.

First up for the Reds Minis was a well drilled Watsonian Warriors team who started off very quickly and scored a few tries early on. If it were not for great defensive rucking from Kiernan, Warriors would have scored more tries in the first half. Wee Reds literally had an uphill battle the second half with the score line and slope on the pitch, however this did not deter the team who matched the opposition try for try, with great handling from Abi to set up a superb team try for Daniel.

Watsonian Cheetahs were our second match, who were as equally well drilled as the Warriors and once again scored a handful of tries in the first half. Kicking practice during training has paid off as, straight from the kick-off, Rory received the pass and kicked the ball up the hill just short of the try line for Joe to pick up the ball and dive in for a great try. 

Our third match of the morning was against Stew Mel Lions, who we knew would be an equally difficult test. The Wee Reds however rose to the challenge and scored a couple early of tries with exceptional team play from Max & Brodie who ran in to score. In the second half the Lions came out ferociously, however Finn Cunningham & Jay were able to tame their attack with low tackles and counter rucking to win the ball back.

Lasswade proved to be a stern test for our fourth match of the day, the first half was an even affair with both teams providing great skills on both sides of the ball. In the second half, Finlay was able to hold of four defenders who attempted to bring him down in the tackle. He was able to find Tom in all the chaos who ran into the space created to score a try. Finlay Campbell made a couple of important tackles to hold off a late come back from Lasswade. 

In the last game Wee Reds played a depleted GHA, who only had five players remaining for the last match, massive shout out to Jay & Kiernan who volunteered to play for GHA and contributed with lots of skills on both side of the ball. 

The coaches are immensely proud of the resilience this team has shown throughout the tournament to progress after a difficult first two matches.