Lomond / Helensburgh’s combined under-18 side are off to Murrayfield after thrashing Kelso High School in the semi-final 49-12 on their patch on Tuesday night.

The side made up of Lomond School, Hermitage Academy and Helensburgh Rugby Club members blew away their opponents, as they sealed their place in the plate final.

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.”

But this isn’t the first time most of this team will have played on the Murrayfield pitches.

Then under-16s, edged past Gala Academy 30-29 in a tense semi-final at Ardencaple.

But they were beaten in the final by Hutchesons’ Grammar School 31-26 last year.

He 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.”

The players will have a well earned break this week, before they go again in the final on Wednesday, December 6 in the capital at 6pm on the Murrayfield back pitches. Their opponents are yet to be confirmed yet, with Trinity Academy playing Marr next week.

And some of the coaching team may be in the crowd for next week’s semi-final as they prepare for their big day next month.

Fletcher added: “It might well be a tactical decision to go and have a nosey and see what’s going on.”