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Loretto School XV lose out in close encounter at Scottish Schools Rugby final
10th February 2014

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 half-time.

 

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 close.

 

Jonathan Hewat, 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 jhewat@loretto.com or 0131 653 4413

 

Loretto School

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. 

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