Lomond/Helensburgh’s combined under-18 side are heading to Murrayfield this afternoon for the Scottish Schools Under-18 Plate final.

The side, made up of Lomond School, Hermitage Academy and Helensburgh Rugby Club members, face Marr College in the final, with kick-off at 6pm.

The local team secured their place in the final with an emphatic 49-12 win away to Kelso High School.

And Helensburgh Rugby youth coach Iain Fletcher said every player that travelled down to the Borders played their part as they claimed an emphatic victory over their opponents.

He said: “It was a great performance down there in the middle of the borders, and played a good side and we just played them off the park with their intensity and team play.

“There was 18 in the squad, 18 went on and it was just a fantastic performance from start to finish they never gave up.”

The visitors were 28-7 up going in at half-time thanks to tries from Ben Farr, Angus Guy, Connor Simmons and Nick Fish.

But they didn’t let up in the second half, with further scores from Luke Ashton, Fish and Rhys Court.

Fletcher added: “We said to the guys to treat it as 0-0, carry on as you have and keep the intensity up and keep the same patterns up and don’t try and change things. It was a great performance.

“There’s some young heads out there but they’re all pretty mature, they’ve done a fantastic job and I’m over the moon for everybody in this team.

“I’d also like to thank Lomond School and Hermitage Academy for letting their kids out for this fixture during school time.”

Tonight's final isn’t the first time most of this team will have played on the Murrayfield pitches.

Last year their under-16s lost 31-26 to Hutcheson's Grammar School – and now, a year older and wiser, many of last year's squad are aiming to go one better at under-18 level.

Fletcher said: “About 13 of the 18 were actually in last year’s under-16 team so we’re looking good for this year and next year when these guys play another year.”