After last week’s shock to the system at Merchiston, it was time for the first proper match of the season for the Ardvreck 1st XIII against a travelling Loretto team. Several players were trying out new positions for the first time but it soon became clear that this gamble was paying off with some massive hits from Seb S at prop, cutting lines from Harris P at outside centre, brilliant defensive play from Curtis M at full back and some lovely play up the side of the pitch from Charlie L on the wing. A fairly even first half finished with Ardvreck one score up thanks to a fine try from Seb S, converted with ease by Will F. The second half brought more, closely fought battles but solid tackling and resolve led to another try for Elliot M in a well worked move where his tenacity and eagerness paid off with the score. Again, an easy conversion for Will F. Loretto got one back and looked dangerous but the game was sealed by a wise decision from captain Cosmo GC to take 3 points when offered after a penalty decision in front of the posts. Man of the match went to the hard-tackling, fast running, gap-finding Charlie L in his debut performance. Well done Ardvreck. (Mr Robertson)
Photographs to follow.