The Loretto School
1st XV Rugby team lost in a nail-biting encounter with Edinburgh rivals,
Stewart's Melville College in the Plate Final of the Brewin Dolphin Scottish
Schools Cup at Murrayfield on Wednesday.
This was a much
anticipated encounter and it did not disappoint. Loretto School were very much
on top in the early exchanges and had all the possession and territory in the
first 15 minutes of the game. Unfortunately, Loretto School did not convert
this into points as Stewart's Melville College defended valiantly.
As the half wore on,
Stewart's Melville College began to exert pressure of their own. Loretto School
lost their shape a little and backed off in defence. This allowed Stewarts
Melville College to score the first try of the game. Using their superior size
and power Stewarts Melville College scored a second try on the stroke of
Soon into the second
half Stewart's Melville College slotted a penalty to lead 22-0. Then the tide
turned again. Loretto School returned to the defensive game plan, pressurised
the Stewart's Melville lineout and began to enjoy possession and territory
again. Strong running, excellent support and the sheer determination to fight
to the last saw Stephen Ainslie score for Loretto School. George Taylor
(Loretto) converted. From here on in it was all Loretto. Andrew Grant-Suttie
(Loretto) stormed over the line to score the second try. George Taylor
converted and it was 22-14. Then the final whistle blew.
Both sides played
some excellent rugby and contributed to a superb Final. Loretto School can be
hugely proud of their achievement and character. They ran a very good side very
Director of External Affairs at Loretto School commented, "To reach any
final of the Scottish Schools Cup is a tremendous achievement. We offer our
warmest congratulations to both sides on a terrifically entertaining game of
rugby and particularly Stewart's Melville College on their victory. There was
tremendous support at Murrayfield from pupils, parents, staff, former pupils
and friends from both schools and I know how much the teams appreciated the
large crowd. The game represented all that is best from schoolboy rugby-skill,
teamwork, determination and mutual respect."
For further details,
please contact Mr Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs, Loretto School
on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 653 4413
Set in a leafy campus just outside
Edinburgh near East Lothian's coastline, Loretto provides an all‐round
education for around 630 boys and girls – boarders and day pupils ‐ aged 3‐18.
The School is made up of two parts: the Junior School ('The Nippers') for children
aged 3‐12, and the Senior School for those aged 12‐18.
Founded in 1827 as Scotland's original
boarding school, Loretto is well known for its relaxed family atmosphere,
traditional values and emphasis on the development of the whole person, mind,
body and spirit.