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Flashback: 1st XV returned to top flight four years ago

Flashback: 1st XV returned to top flight four years ago

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Four years ago this week WFC's 1st XV won the BT National League One title...

On March 26 2016, Watsonians 1st XV won the BT National League One title to return to the top flight for the first time since 2010/11.

The title, with the squad working under coaches Marcus Di Rollo and Simon Taylor, lifted the silverware at Myreside after an emphatic 61-17 win over Howe of Fife.

On the day Scott McKean led the way with a hat-trick of tries with Scott McLeod, Rory Drummond, Reiss Cullen, Ewan Miller, Jonny Neary and Romain Denonain also crossing. Andrew Chalmers landed eight conversions.

“The guys have been excellent this season and have kept going even when things got tough, “ said prop Alistair Marsh, who captained the side that day in the absence of regular skipper Martin Christie.

“Fair play to Marr they have pushed us all the way, but I always had the belief in this group that we could go on and finish the job.

“We got off to a good start and then built momentum and the guys have all pushed each other to be the best they can be.”

“I am really proud of this group of players because this is a tough league to get out of,” said head coach Di Rollo.

“In previous years we have always fallen away just after Christmas, but this time the boys just kept on going and in fact we have saved some of our best performances for the last few weeks when it has really mattered.”

Watsonians squad against Howe: R Steele; M Bertram, S McLeod, J King, S McKean; A Chalmers, R Cullen; N Borel, D Miller, A Marsh, R Denonain, C Harvey, D Rowe, R Drummond, E Miller. Replacements: T Johnson, C Macleod, M Coles, J Neary, A Harris.

Image by Alastair Ross

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