2nd XV vs Edinburgh Accies: Match Report
We made a very slow start to the game and allowed Accies to make some probing breaks into our half. Through some further weak tackling, Accies went straight under the posts. It was at this point we realised we were in a match and that they were a useful outfit.
After getting our act together, we took the game to Accies, including a decent break from the flying Aussie Joe. Alex then went over the line for the second week on the trot – and, once again, he was held up. From the resulting scrum, Accies gave away another penalty, and, for repeat offending, the Accies 7 was binned. Primmy then took a quick tap penalty and dived over, with Christy adding the conversion.
With the one man advantage, we were dominating the forward exchanges, and, from another scrum on their 5 meter line, we managed to drive them over the line and Adam flopped on the ball for the try.
We now started to take to control of the game – but, maybe as a result of the ref trying to even up the cards, when Gus went in from the side of the ruck, he was shown a yellow as well. This again made the game swing back to Accies. They managed to add a penalty, and, just before the end of the half, they scored a try.
Almost at the start of the second period, Accies added another penalty. I think this is the first time we have come up against a solid defence, and there were periods when we looked a bit clueless. Accies then cut through the middle of the field again, and, through good support work, dotted down again.
Again we upped our game and Accies started giving away a series of penalties, until eventually the ref went to his pocket and binned one of their centres. From the resulting penalty, Andy Fraser managed to scramble over the line, which put us back in the game.
But, almost as soon as we got back in the game, Accies came back at us, and, through some good hands, they managed to get under the posts and seal the game. We still had a chance to grab a bonus point try, but, even though we showed character, we could not get close enough to really put pressure on the Accies line.
So we suffered our second defeat of the year, but this was definitely the best team we have played this year. Accies had two 6’ 6” second rows who made the lineouts extremely tough, especially since we barely had any forwards over 6 foot. We still could have won the game, but just lacked a bit of composure against a solid defence.
We have the opportunity to get back on the title chase next week against Hillhead Jordanhill at home.
Stats for this game are here.