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Your News Crieff High School Rugby Tour to Newcastle

Over the Bank Holiday weekend the S1 and S2 rugby squad of Crieff High School visited Newcastle upon Tyne to round off a very successful season. Having travelled down on Thursday after school, the rugby started on Friday 2nd May with a visit to watch the Newcastle Falcons at their state of the art training ground. The professional side ran through their preparations for the Guinness Premiership clash with Leicester Tigers on the Sunday. The Crieff youngsters met the players after the session and had the opportunity to discuss tactics with Matthew Tait, Carl Haymen and the rest of the squad.

The afternoon involved a behind the scenes tour of the Falcons ground at Kingston Park, followed by the first game of the tour against Gosforth High School. The fixture was played on the experimental G4 artificial surface which gained the approval of players and coaches. In the game, the Crieff side took a while to get going and were a number of points down by half time. The second half was a different story and the Crieff players won the half 15 v 14 with some impressive scoring by fly half Nathan Kirley. The man of the match was David Bryan for his superb tackling at full back.

Saturday saw the players tour the Quayside in Newcastle, have a run-out on the beach at Whitley Bay and expend a great deal of energy at the Wet n Wild water park. A tour dinner was planned for the evening, giving the chance to thank our geordie hosts.

Sunday morning saw the side back at the G4 pitch for the second game of the tour against a very strong Gosforth Rugby Club Under 14s. The home side have been together for seven years and showed the Crieff lads an exhibition of how rugby can be played. The Crieff men stuck at the task and battled to the end for a defeat but with pride and their heads held high. For both of the games the players were piped onto the pitch by prop forward Peter Caskie, to the strains of Highland Cathedral. Man of the match was captain Christopher Bendall who continually pushed and encouraged his side against strong opposition.

The afternoon was the turn of the professionals and the Crieff players witnessed a memorable win for the Newcastle Falcons against a Leicester side peppered with internationals. In a last-ditch effort the Falcons held onto a 28 v 25 lead despite the intense pressure of the Tigers pack camped near the try line for the last 6 minutes.

Overall a super tour and the Crieff High School youngsters were great ambassadors for Scotland. On the way home presentations were completed with Most Improved Player to Shannon Kerr and the Best Tourist to Douglas Miller. Already the players want to go on tour again. Thanks are extended to the tour management; Messers Ford, Warburton and Bendall.

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