LOMOND and Helensburgh's under-18 rugby players came from behind with just 15 minutes left to triumph in the Scottish Schools Plate final at Murrayfield last week.

The local team, boasting players from Lomond School, Hermitage Academy and Helensburgh Rugby Club, led their Marr College opponents 21-10 at half-time after early tries by Angus McLeod and Joe Bull put them in control.

The stand-out score for Lomond/Helensburgh in the first 40 minutes was Corrie Fletcher’s no-look pass to set up Nick Fish’s score.

But Marr came back into the game after the break, and took the lead to make it 29-28.

But Marr’s full-back was sinbinned for a high tackle 14 minutes from the end, resulting in a penalty try which put Lomond and Helensburgh back in front.

And the local youngsters secured victory with one further score from Angus Guy – who was named man of the match after converting all six scores – gave Lomond and Helensburgh a final winning margin of 42-29.

The team marked their success with a celebration lunch at Helensburgh Rugby Club's Ardencaple home on Saturday.

John Simmons, president of Helensburgh Cricket and Rugby Football Club, said: “The boys showed tremendous grit to come from behind twice to take the trophy. This is testament to the character of the team and the time and effort put in by the coaches.

The partnership between Lomond School and Helensburgh RFC was formalised in 2010 and has since been lauded by the Scottish rugby authorities as a blueprint for successful school-club partnerships in other areas of the country.