2nd XV vs Dundee HSFP: Match Report
Another strong team took to the field trying to maintain the momentum of our season.
Before the kickoff, the referee asked all the players to line up along the halfway line opposite each other – a minute’s silence? Nope – the referee then asked us to shake hands with the player opposite us! Strange one, but can maybe be explained by the fact that he was a New Zealander.
The game started well, with significant possession and territory resulting in Mickey knocking over a couple of penalties. We seemed to be in control of the game, but Dundee got their act together and made a decent break up the middle, followed by some up-the-jumper work which resulted in them squeezing over the line.
We then made a break up the middle with some good link play, and, after a few phases, Andy Fraser hit a short line and went in under the posts, with Mickey adding the extras. After good work by the forward pack, Stath – with his rainbow coloured scrum cap (exactly as horrible as it sounds) – managed to push his way over.
Just as we were getting control of the game, Dundee got a penalty and kicked it into the corner. From the resulting lineout we failed to deal with the drive and they crashed over out wide.
At half time there were calls for some cooler heads and a bit of patience. Patience is not what we showed, though, with a great team try coming just a minute into the second half, Joe cruising into the corner to score. Dundee then worked hard to get up into our 22, which resulted in a penalty. As we argued about the reason for it, they took a quick tap and dived in the corner.
After more good pressure from the forward pack, we managed to get a penalty inside the 22, which Mickey duly slotted. After we were awarded another penalty in the Dundee 22, both teams prepared for a shot at goal – but the ‘cheeky chappy’ Mickey thought better of it, took a quick penalty and dived over in the corner.
From this point on, Dundee’s fight was over, and we ran in another four tries through the backs. Joe was the stand out performer, finishing with a hat trick of tries, with Mike Hanning and Mike Hooks also putting in good shifts in the backline. The pack put in a solid effort all day against a useful Dundee eight.
It was good to see so many boys hanging around in the clubhouse afterwards. Those who did got to enjoy Alex modelling a tight, pink DotD cardigan and Joe seeing away a Rusty Nail (for his hat trick) and a yard of ale to celebrate his upcoming 18th birthday the next day.
Stats for this game are here