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Wins all round for Ellon Rugby Club's youth development squads

By Kyle Ritchie

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Ellon Rugby Club's youth development teams took on combined squads from Moray, Huntly, Banff and Fraserburgh in their latest matches.

The Moray teams bring together a number of clubs with smaller pools of players.

The Ellon under 18s started the weekend rugby on Saturday and put in an impressive performance to win 48-5.

Ellon took an early lead through Rory Main with Daniel Gillies making the conversion.

Finlay Hagen was next to score on the line with a big reach and Gillies made the second conversion to make it 14-0.

Main got a second try in a similar fashion to the first, with phase play and then a pick and go driving between two people. The conversion was good.

The Moray team then scored from the kick-off when they made a couple of passes and sprinted in for a wide try but the conversion was missed.

Just before half-time Ellon got their fourth try through stand-off Josh Andrew. He received the ball from a break down, pulled the defence to the left and ran right to the blind side to score.

In the second half Andrew scored another three tries to increase Ellon's lead.

Captain and man of the match Mason Moir also scored from an attempted clearing kick which went short and he caught the ball and returned under pressure to score.

The under 13s squad played first on Sunday with JJ Henderson the first to get on the scoresheet.

Lucas Webster scored next on 19 minutes and Rory Smith got the conversion.

In his first game this season, Ollie Davidson received a great pass from Jayden Boyle and went in under the posts. Ruaridh Gordon scored the conversion to make it 11-0 to Ellon.

Lewis Pearce then got a deserved try when good passing and running led to a strong pass for him to run in the score. Smith scored the conversion.

Ellon's scoring was completed by William Mitchell with a strong carry, breaking tackles and going over the line after a 30-metre run. The final score was 18-0 with three points for a try and one for a conversion.

The under 14s put in their best performance of the season winning 40-10 in a high scoring game.

The under 15s team had the game of the weekend, which saw the lead change multiple times. The Moray squad took a 10-point lead, but Ellon came back with a try.

Both teams exchanged tries and no conversions for a half-time score of 10-15.

In the second half, Ellon scored quickly, followed by the visitors.

Then as the Moray team tired, Ellon stepped up a gear, with Malachy Manion scoring three tries in quick succession to take the game. Moray got a final try with the score finishing 38-27.

The under 16s played a development game as the Moray squad could only field 10 players. Ellon leant over four and played 14-a-side. The final score was 64-14.

It was a weekend of 14 maximum points for Ellon and Moray received six, with some great development made by all teams and players.

This Saturday Ellon travel to Aberdeen to face Robert Gordon's in friendly matches.

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