Match Report
Dollar Academy 1st XV vs  High School of Dundee
On: Thursday, 05 Feb 2004
Venue: Away


Dollar Academy 27 The High School of Dundee 14

Dollar Academy retained the Bell Lawrie White Cup tonight by defeating their Midlands rivals High School of Dundee in an entertaining final played on the main pitch at Murrayfield. Some 5,483 spectators
aved the wintry conditions to attend the game and were rewarded with fine, committed performances from both sides.

Dundee started the game well with some good forward play. However, Dollar soon settled in and began to exert their game plan. Tight forward play was the order of the day as heavy rain prior to the match made for slippery conditions. The Dollar side made better use of the boot, their forwards picking and driving to good effect, and their back line advanced quickly to put pressure on the Dundee back three.

The first score came after 11 minutes. Some dynamic rucking from the Dollar pack stretched the Dundee defence allowing flanker John Barclay, who was cleared to play only a few hours earlier, to burst through for the try. Barclay, who was part of the NIG Thistles squad that won for Scotland in the senior sevens arena last season, clearly looks one for the future. The try was converted by captain and scrum half Graham Wilson.

Dollar continued to harry the Dundee back line allowing them no time on the ball and their second score was not far away. A spoiled lineout allowed Dollar to steal the ball and scrum half Wilson put in a good chip down the line forcing Dundee to clear to touch. Dollar drove from the lineout and hooker Mark Nelson went over for the second try of the game after 19 minutes, which was also converted impeccably by Wilson . Dollar further extended their advantage with a 27th minute penalty from Wilson to go in at half time leading 17 - 0.

Dollar returned to the field with renewed enthusiasm and kept the pressure on the Dundee side. A simple penalty in front of the posts by Wilson extended their lead to 20 points. Dundee were not willing to lie down however, and battled back to score a try in 51 minutes with flanker Richard Vernon burrowing over to score his side's first points. The conversion by stand off Colin Goudie
ought the score back to 20 - 7 and gave the vocal Dundee support something to cheer about. However the cele
ation was short lived as Dollar stormed back with a converted try from winger Scott Borrowman effectively to seal the win. Dundee lock Jamie Bell epitomised their never say die attitude when he crossed for their second try ten minutes from the end which was converted by Goudie to
ing the final score to 27 - 14.

John Foster, the Dollar coach, explained that following a medical examination his openside flanker John Barclay, who had reckoned initially on missing the game through injury, was told that he could play if he wished.

'From a boy who was in tears last Friday who thought rugby was going to be nothing for the next nine months he was able to play his part in our moment of glory tonight,' Foster added.

His High School of Dundee counterpart, Bruce Beckett, said his players had stuck in manfully. Asked what they would take from the experience into next season he went on: 'We've got 10 or 11 guys who have now played at Murrayfield and you cannot practice for an occasion like that. They've now been here.'

DOLLAR ACADEMY: Jonathan Alston ; Scott Borrowman , Stuart Hazlett , Gregor McIntosh , Euan George ; Cameron Ferguson , Graham Wilson (captain), Andrew McLaren , Mark Nelson , Murray Hudson , Adam Gilmartin , Ranald Baird , Richard Allan, Robin Peck, John Barclay

Substitutes: Alastair Robertson , Stephen Bailey , Neil Hunter , Campbell Tait , Mark Gillies, Malcolm Peebles , Oliver Gilmartin

THE HIGH SCHOOL OF DUNDEE: Ruari Scullion ; Gordon Gray , Peter Saunders, John Walton, Greg Matthews ; Colin Goudie , Michael Brown ; Alan Dymock , Scott Burnett (captain), Polok Islam , Jamie Bell , Ramsay Hall , Richard Vernon , David McLean , Sandy Farmer

Substitutes: Greg Ramsay, Daniel Levison, Andrew Quin, David Arnott , Andrew Dymock , Mark Robbins , Euan Clark

Referee: Malcolm Changleng (Gala)