THE future supply of talented young home grown rugby players looks assured after West Rugby Club’s U15 team lifted the West Regional Cup.
The cup final was played on an excellent Dalziel pitch with the squad beating near neighbours Hawks 38-5 in a tough game that belied the scoreline.
Right from the start it was obvious both teams were putting in 110 per cent, with good aggressive forward play from both sides.
For the first 20 minutes Hawks had the upper hand and West looked a little nervy. Hawks had a strong appeal for a try in the corner denied and West took took full advantage shortly afterwards, scoring a try with a slick move culminating in Sean Hendry barrelling over strongly for the five points. Dru Nicholson added the extras.
Hawks hit back to score an unconverted try. They then gave away a penalty in their own half and Nicholson kicked a mammoth distance to go 10-5 up.
West’s next decisive move saw the ball moved out to the right wing, allowing Euan Bonham to score a well worked try. Nicholson added the conversion to go into the turnaround 17-5.
In the second half the enthusiastic spectators were treated to a fantastic display of running rugby from West.
Team captain Sandy McCallum was delighted to top off his first game in six weeks after his knee injury with a try under the posts. Nicholson duly added his fourth conversion.
Fraser Hemming then put in two brilliant runs - one through the middle of the park and one round his marker to give the flyer a brace of tries. Both were converted - one by Nicholson and the other by Jack Calder to conclude the scoring.
Hawks never gave up hope and kept trying right to the end, but West’s defence remained resolute.
Gordon Cairns, vice president of West, said: “This is an accumulation of all the efforts of the boys. They have put in a lot over the last year just to get to the final let alone win it. We hope these boys will be playing senior rugby for the club in two or three years time. It bodes well for future home grown talent.
“West have always depended to a large extent by ‘growing their own’. Many of these youngsters will go into the 2A squad then work their way up to the first team.”
Gordon also thanked the dedication and enthusiasm of coaches John Brewster, John Nicholson, Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Smeaton and Fraser Smeaton.