Watson’s U-16s ‘have what it takes to control nerves’

Watson's U-16 captain Murray Tink with the trophy. Pic: SNS
Watson's U-16 captain Murray Tink with the trophy. Pic: SNS
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George Watson’s College’s under-16 team head into this evening’s Scottish Rugby Schools Cup final at BT Murrayfield in determined mood after digging deep to get this far.

The Capital side take on Strathallan School at 6pm at the national stadium with their semi-final victory over Stewart’s Melville College still fresh in their minds – a match they edged 7-5 at Inverleith.

Coach Mike Ker believes that the performance and team spirit shown in that tie can help his side in the final.

“I have been really impressed with how the team have grown over recent months and really started to take responsibility out there on the pitch,” Ker said.

“They have matured a lot and they are thinking a lot more about their rugby and the semi-final was really where they had to do this the most.

“We managed to come through and now the guys are really excited to get a chance to play at the national stadium.”

Often on finals night nerves can get the better of some young players, but Ker feels that his group have what it takes to stay calm.

He stated: “It can seem daunting, but the pitch is the same size as any other and once they get out there they will be concentrating on the match.”