2nd XV vs Watsonians: Match Report
At a sodden Myreside, the 2s aimed to maintain their good start to the season.
Knowing that Watsonians would make a spirited start and having had a slow start ourselves the week before, we were looking to begin the game well and show patience. In difficult conditions we dominated the early exchanges, but a number of handling errors and poor decisions meant it was a while until Mickey got the opportunity to slot a penalty to give us the lead.
Watsonians started to get some possession and territory, which resulted in us giving away a couple of penalties: they managed to slot the second of these, making the scores all square.
There was a strong performance from the pack, dominating at scrum and lineout time. It was probably due to this good platform – and knowing we had a strong team – that frustrations started to boil over when we failed to add to our points tally.
As we were camped in the Watsonians 22, it was only a matter of time before they coughed up another penalty. This time we choose to tap and go; firstly Angus bashed it up, and then the man with his lucky rainbow hat (Stath) picked and went, driving over the line for the second week running. Mickey added the extras.
From the resulting kick-off there was a mis-communication, and we thought it was the last play before half time. So, when Andy Fraser (DotD) caught the kick-off, he kicked it out … but the referee allowed the lineout. From this we conceded a penalty which our hosts knocked over.
With the game being a tight one, it started to get a bit niggly, and, with Watsonians picking and going in our 22, they eventually knocked on. As the referee signalled for a scrum it all kicked off, with half the boys from both sides involved; our boxing kangaroo (Joe) was the unfortunate recipient of a solid punch which resulted in a deep cut above his eye which required stitches. The Watsonians boy was given a straight red by the ref.
With the man advantage, we made the most of it from a scrum under the posts and drove our opponents over the line, with Adam flopping on the ball. It was very much a pack try. The next try came from scrum time again, five meters from the Watsonians line. This time it was their put in; we got the nudge on and Primmy managed to scrag their scrum half so that his pass only made it half way to their 10, with Andy Fraser getting to the ball first.
At the end of the game, the boys were slightly disappointed with not getting the bonus point. But I think it is worth bearing in mind how far we have come from last season, where we could barely scrape a win – now, we are disappointed with only securing a win away from home.
This is also the third away game on the trot where we have not conceded a try, which shows the commitment in defence.
Next week will be a good test of our title ambitions, with Stirling coming to Invers. County are always there or thereabouts in the 2nd XV title race.
Stats for this game are here.