NORTH Berwick High School's under-16s will grace the famous Murrayfield turf next Wednesday (December 7) after securing their place in the final of Scottish Rugby's National Schools Shield.

The county boys will take on Howe of Fife/Bell Baxter High School for the silverware (11am kick off) following a commanding 33-12 semi-final victory over George Heriot’s School at Edinburgh's Goldenacre on Saturday.

Coach Iain Macintosh said afterwards: "The self-belief shown by this group of players continues to impress: they have learned to adapt their game and manage to problem solve when things aren’t quite going their way.

“It’s always incredibly difficult to pick a stand-out player; however, Callum Perry was a joy to watch today, his line breaks and movement to beat defenders was exceptional.

“The forwards were set a challenge today and they came up trumps with a solid set piece giving the backs a great platform to play some great rugby.”

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Looking ahead to the final at BT Murrayfield, he added: "The final will be a cracker: two state schools with excellent pedigrees.

"We played each other in the first match of this season in a friendly and know Howe of Fife are a excellent team so we will relish the challenge once more.”

Fergus Kinnaird captained the county side on Saturday where both teams were determined to play fast-paced, running rugby.

After continued pressure from the North Berwick forwards, Gregor Macintosh took the opportunity to snipe around the ruck to touchdown for the opening try of the game.

Straight from the kick-off, the North Berwick boys were on the attack again as Callum Perry outpaced the defence to score under the posts for Cameron Fyfe to kick the conversion.

It was now Heriot’s turn to attack and the ball was spread to the left where the sharp winger took his opportunity to outpace three defenders from 35 metres to score close to the posts, with another successful conversion.

Almost immediately, from a North Berwick attacking lineout on the halfway, Fyfe drew in the defence before popping the ball to Perry, who ran the full 50 metres to score under the posts.

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Again, the conversion was successful and North Berwick held a 7-19 advantage at the break.

The second half started in the same vein with the visitors on the attack.

The forwards were making some good inroads into a resolute Heriot’s defence, but not enough to stop Perry on one of his trademark runs as he crossed the line for his hat-trick.

Fyfe again kicked the conversion.

Heriot’s had the occasional foray into the North Berwick 22 but the East Lothian side's defence was standing firm.

With 10 minutes remaining, the game was beginning to open up and Fyfe took a pass from Perry in the Heriot’s 22 to sidestep the last defender and score under the posts.

He converted his own try and, although Heriot’s managed to score the final try of the game, it was too late as North Berwick won 33-12.

Unfortunately, North Berwick High School's older team failed to make it a famous double.

They missed out on a place in the under-18s' National Schools Shield final after going down 34-0 to St Aloysius’ College in their semi-final.

Meanwhile, Knox Academy/Haddington have a final to look forward to as well.

The county side won 41-29 against Morrison’s Academy in the under-16s' National Schools Bowl and will face Berwick, who defeated St Leonards Madras Blues 54-15.

The game is played on the back pitch at Murrayfield next Wednesday in an 11.15am kick-off.

Knox Academy/Haddington lost out 48-14 to Morrison's Academy in the under-18s' National Schools Bowl while Preston Lodge High School also lost in the last four, going down 36-29 to Lomond and Helensburgh.

Finally, Glenalmond College and Loretto School will battle for a place in the final of the under-16s' National Schools Plate tomorrow (Tuesday).

The winner will face Linlithgow Academy at the DAM Health Stadium next Wednesday in a 4.30pm kick-off.