20 Oct 2018
Day 2 of Scotland 2018

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Made in Scotland from girders..... Will Edinburgh score any tries as good as our two kicked tries today ? So proud of the 12s, winning game 2 after the tough opening game Awesome moment when the boys helped out the opposition Small size difference between the captains !!!! Our models showing off the new kit, front and back The U13 boys supporting the U12s.....sort of All the boys at Murrayfield Dinner has arrived !

Today began with an early start, breakfast in kit as the boys loaded up on their pain au chocolate to power them through what was to come. A coach ride out to Gala RFC where we met both Galashiels School and The Warkwickshire School for our triangular. The boys charged onto the pitches, looking great in their new kit and did the school proud.

The U13s demonstrated typical Cheltonian stubborness as they went behind in both games, but fought back to pull off to hard fought victories. Against Galashiels we stretched them wide and managed to punch holes through the middle of the park to force our way back into the the game. We then took on Warwickshire in a very different game, where the space was out wide and we had to work hard to find it, but managed to pull away in towards the end of the second half.

The U12s had a tough first game. On a full size pitch, playing 10 a-side against much bigger boys, it was always going to be a tough challenge. They competed bravely, but came out on the losing side. Showing outstanding resiliance, they quickly bounced back and had an excellent win over Warwickshire, scoring some great tries in the process - including one cross-field kick !

As with all tours, the importance isn't the result, but the building of new relationships and I couldn't be prouder of the boys who wore other shirts today ! Warwickshire finished short of players for their SRU Cup match against Galashiels after our games, but our boys were keen to play and stepped up - including a Cheltonian opening the scoring !

After a quick lunch we headed off to Murrayfield Stadium to watch the Edinburgh v Toulon match and what a game it was ! A bonus point victory for the home team with a number of stunning tries and big hits, topped off by the announcer giving our school a 'shout out' for their victories earlier in the day. The boys, in true Scottish spirit, all purchased Irn Bru and chips at half time.

This evening we have a lot of tired and sore boys, so it is a quiet night at the hotel. A huge order of pizza has gone in to Pizza Hut and they are now all showered and clean. An early night will see them fighting fit and ready for another exciting day tomorrow.