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Murrayfield awaits as young Greens hammer Grampian


By Matt Leslie


Chloe Miller fends off two defenders en route to scoring one of her three tries in Caithness Girls U15s' National Cup semi-final victory against Grampian.Picture: James Gunn
Chloe Miller fends off two defenders en route to scoring one of her three tries in Caithness Girls U15s' National Cup semi-final victory against Grampian.Picture: James Gunn

Caithness Girls U15 side will step out on to the hallowed turf of Murrayfield next May after they demolished Grampian to reach the final of the National Cup.

The Greens ran in a phenomenal 12 tries as they racked up a 64-5 scoreline at Millbank before the SRU's score limit rule kicked in three minutes before half-time.

Under this rule, an age-group fixture can be stopped once a certain score has been reached unless both teams are happy to keep playing on.

Team captain and scrum-half Hannah Dunnett led the way with five tries with full-back Chloe Miller and inside-centre Shannon Pasotti both bagging three scores each. Loose-head prop Lynsey Dunnett grabbed the game's best try with a superb run the length of the pitch to cross over.

They will now face Edinburgh side Lismore at Murrayfield with a piece of silverware just 80 minutes away – or less if the Greens repeat their semi-final performance.

Head coach Sinclair Dunnett was not surprisingly delighted with his team's success.

He said: "It was an excellent performance from the first whistle and the girls really put on a superb display of running rugby.

Hannah Dunnett of Caithness Girls U15 team shrugs off this challenge to score one of her five tries against Grampian at Millbank. Picture: James Gunn
Hannah Dunnett of Caithness Girls U15 team shrugs off this challenge to score one of her five tries against Grampian at Millbank. Picture: James Gunn

"Hannah is good at working out opportunities for herself and she did just that. It's no surprise that she's our leading try-scorer because she reads the game so well.

"Shannon is a powerful runner who hits great angles and once she gets going it takes a very good challenge to stop her. Chloe had her best game of the season, while Lynsey finally got her first try for the club – and what a try it was.

"A special mention for our fly-half Morven Thomson. We recently converted her from inside-centre and she's been superb. She continually confuses defences with her timing and running play."

Dunnett is hoping the U18 side can match the U15 success as they have their own National Cup semi-final this Friday.

He added: "The under-18 side travel to Glasgow to face Cartha Queen's Park and hopefully they can book their place at Murrayfield as well."

Caithness Girls U15 team celebrate their 64-5 National Cup semi-final win against Grampian at Millbank. Picture: James Gunn
Caithness Girls U15 team celebrate their 64-5 National Cup semi-final win against Grampian at Millbank. Picture: James Gunn


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