2nd XV vs Ayr: Match Report
It was the first home game of the season and the mighty 2s came flying out of the blocks.
We managed to get a quick penalty in the first few minutes, which Alex duly slotted. We then spent a lot of the rest of the half camped in the Ayr 22, but, through a number of silly offloads, knock-ons and poor rucking, we managed to come through the half without getting over the whitewash.
Alex did manage to slot a long range penalty to put us 6 up.
The sucker punch came at the end of the half when Ayr managed to work an overlap through some quick ball and cruised over.
We started the second half with a lot of possession, and, through a Burge lineout move, Ethan saw the seas part and cruised in from 30 metres. This set the precedent and we managed to spend the majority of time in the visitors’ half with some good probing kicks from Alex.
With this possession we managed to do what we could not do in the first half and create the space to get over the line. First Brycee scored, after some great handling, and then Rob shrugged off some tackles to dot down under the posts. The game was there for us to push on and get the bonus point try.
At this point we took the foot off the gas, however, and let Ayr get back into the game. Firstly via a well worked try out wide, which was quickly followed by some great hands to make space for the winger to run in.
We really needed to take some control, but, through more basic errors, Ayr crossed for a third in about 10 minutes. We were trying our best to let Ayr make a miraculous comeback, but, thankfully, the full time whistle saved our blushes.
We were not helped by a shortage of backs and then injuries to more during the game, resulting in a number of back rows playing in the centre. This was not a problem for Neil Bowie, who took to the role like a duck to water with some strong running and big hits.
I think Burge summed it up perfectly after the game: “It is good that we are disappointed with our performance – yet are still winning”. Hopefully, over the coming weeks, we can keep up the winning record and improve the performance.
A mention for Jordan who was making his comeback and filling in on the wing – and managed to dislocate a finger so that it was at right angles. It wasn’t broken, so hopefully he will make a speedy recovery.
Finally I have to announce the sad news that Dave ‘Jesus’ McLaughlin has played his last game for the club. He has recently managed to sell his house and buy a new home down in Longniddry. With a young one and another one on the way, the travelling is going to be too much. So I am sure the club would like to thank Jesus for his many years of loyal service.
For those who were in the clubhouse after the game, we were treated to Jesus’ trademark move of swinging round all sides of the rafters – a fitting send off.