Boroughmuir coach Bruce Aitchison heaped praise on a dream performance by his players at BT Murrayfield as the Meggetland men stormed to a fourth cup win by demolishing Hawick 55-17.
Magnificent ’Muir dominated from start to finish in Saturday’s BT Cup final as they added to the glories of 2000, 2001 and 2005.
“We started well and just kept building,” beamed Aitchison. “Even though we got points up we didn’t lose our shape and we were able to maintain that. We started to find space and physically our conditioning suited that pitch and we were able to keep going. Hawick really struggled to make any inroads.”
When the Hawick Saxhorn Band amidst a large Borders contingent struck up early in the match the men from Edinburgh were already calling the tune and scored their first try in just three minutes when they got the nudge on at the scrum and man-of-the-match No.9 Johnny Adams ghosted over.
The Green Machine was stuttering as ’Muir racked up a point a minute in the first 29 – outstanding Edinburgh Academy back-rower Magnus Bradburgh hitting a perfect line for the second, Grant McConnell finishing a fine sweeping move on the right and then Bradbury picking up and finishing neatly after Carl Bezuidenhout’s clever kick through.
Hawick got a try back when Scott McLeod danced through next to the posts, but any suggestion of a momentum shift was snuffed out when prop Simon Berghan crashed over as the Boroughmuir forwards tightened the screw.
A half-time score of 36-10 suggested the game was practically over as a contest and so it proved in the second half as Hawick were again put on the back foot by ruthless Boroughmuir. Sub Mike Entwhistle had already touched down by the time Hawick got over for a consolation from Lindsey Gibson.
Iain Moody and Sep Visser burst over in the closing stages to rack up a hefty winning score of 55-17 that in no way flattered.
After lifting the cup and sparking wild celebrations among the Boroughmuir supporters, which carried long into the night back at Meggetland, skipper Andy Rose said: “I’m over the moon. I think the boys played some absolutely fantastic rugby. We got everything we worked on into the game and the subs came on and made a huge impact. We’re really happy with the way it ended up.”
The flanker continued: “We have struggled a wee bit with the way we have started games, often taking 10-15 minutes to get into things, today we drew a line under that and said let’s get out there and just play rugby and I think we did.
“I don’t think anyone took a backward step from first minute to the last.”
Coach Aitchison added: “We hope the cup win is a marker for next season.
“Myself, Ben Fisher, Steve Bates and Ian Jeffrey have set out a vision. After exceeding expectations with promotion, this season realistically the aim was to stay up. But we’ve beaten Melrose at the Greenyards and Ayr at Millbrae which are indicators of what we can achieve. You add that to the way we’ve won the cup then it does bode well.”
Hawick player-coach Nikki Walker and his troops stayed on the BT Murrayfield pitch to generously applaud their conquerors and the former Scotland winger was magnanimous in defeat.
“We never got off to a good start and from then we were chasing the game. But, to be honest, they were on a different level,” admitted Walker.
“Their pros clearly had a massive impact on the game. They’ve been lucky in that the guys they have got are not just good but they have obviously really bought into the Boroughmuir way of playing and the culture of the club which is exactly what you want from your professionals.
“Fair play to them and I’m not holding anything against Boroughmuir.
“Those guys, the Bezuidenhouts and Berghans, they’ve played for them all season so why shouldn’t they get to play in a cup final.”