Not a great day for the FP club last Saturday! No 2nd or 3rd XV and the 1st XV lost for the second time this season to Biggar. I was unable to travel to Hartreemill as I had been dispatched to Dollar with the school DI XV, but by all accounts we had a poor first half not helped by a “yellow” to Hayden and an injury to Seb. In the second 40 minutes we improved and scored tries through Chris Damsteegt, Liam Steele and Scott Brewster but this was not enough to prevent us from losing by 37-22.
On a positive note, Adam Greig made his first start for the team and Rory Cook saw 1st XV action for the second time coming off the bench. There was a shortage of players for the 2nd XV but I understand that Glasgow Hawks were in the same boat and the fixture will be played at a later date. Obviously, therefore, there was no 3rd XV and the Pool Man’s adoring fans queuing at the gate were once more disappointed! Unfortunately, Scotland were not able to lift the spirits on Sunday!
Next Saturday (17th November), there are no FP matches due to the International at Murrayfield and the unavailability of pitches due to school games. We play Boroughmuir in the cup at Meggetland on the 24th November while the next scheduled encounters for the 2nd and 3rd XV’s are on the 1st December! The next league game for the 1st XV is Watsonians (also on 1st December) and I am sure that the coaches and players will be working hard to plot the downfall of the Auld Enemy who are flying high at the top of the league for the time being. It was an extremely close encounter earlier in the season.
SMC school rugby had a good day on Saturday when playing Dollar Academy in what are always enjoyable fixtures against one of our keenest rivals. The 1st XV regained the Grant Mackenzie Cup with what the coaches, Lockie and Moran, described as a Jekyll and Hyde performance. After a great start which saw us take a 17 point lead, we blew a few chances, defended shoddily and failed to play at a high enough pace in the second half. Having said that, they finally won 27-17 and the large Dollar pack gave us exactly the kind of work out required for next Saturday’s Brewin Dolphin semi-final.
The C1 XV (coached by Hayden Lingard) deserve special mention for achieving their first ever win over Dollar by 5 tries to two. I had the pleasure of watching the D1 XV play some superb 15 man (or should I say 13 man!) rugby on the 1st XV pitch at Dollar. Their handling, timing of the pass and support play was excellent, evidenced by the fact that Aiden Spence, a speedy winger, was continually put into space and allowed to score 4 tries. The results against Dollar were as follows:
1st XV won Dollar 1st XV 27-17
2nd XV won Dollar 2nd XV 67-5
U16 XV won Dollar U16 XV 33-5
B1 XV won Dollar B1 XV 26-24
B3 XV lost Dollar B2 XV 40-29
C1 XV won Dollar C1 XV 18-6
C3 XV won Dollar C2 XV 12-6
D1 won Dollar D1 36-0
D3 won Dollar D2 15-4
JA1 drew Dollar JA1 4-4
JA2 won Dollar JA2 7-0
Other teams recorded the following results:
A3 XV won Watson’s A3 XV 52-12
A4 XV won Bell Baxter A2 XV 34-27
U16B XV won Ross High U16A XV 31-0
B2 XV won Ross High B1XV 89-0
C2 XV won Ross High C1 XV 38-3
D2 won Ross High D1 XV 40-0
D4 lost Bell Baxter D2 28-0
JA3 won Watson’s JA3 9-5
JA4 won Watson’s JA4 4-1
JB1 won/won Watson’s JB1/Dundee H.S. JB1 5-0/6-0
JB3 won Watson’s JB3 10-3
JB4 lost Watson’s JB4 9-6
24 teams playing! Where do all the players go at senior level?
On the university front, results in the British Universities and Colleges Leagues were:
Robert Gordon’s 1 10 Glasgow 1 49
Aberdeen 2 20 Heriot Watt 1 25
Glasgow Cal 1 12 Strathclyde 1 12
Stirling 2 10 Aberdeen 3 25
Queen Marg. 1 42 St. Andrews 2 13
Dundee 3 15 W of S 1 22
Edinburgh 3 80 Abertay 2 00
Strathclyde 2 w/o Napier 2
In the RBS Regional Shield, St Andrew’s beat Hillfoots (32-5).
Can anybody explain to me why Edinburgh University do not appear to have a 1′s team? I am even more mystified when Andrew Hannay informs me that a big fixture coming up is the “Varsity Match” – Edinburgh versus St Andrew’s on the 30th November – which is played at London Scottish. Apparently, there was a crowd of over 1500 at the game last year.
Finally, just a quick reminder (if one is needed!) that the school 1st XV is playing Watson’s on Saturday at Inverleith in the semi-final of the Under 18 schools’ cup. The kick off is 11.00. Watson’s are unbeaten this season and boast a very large, experienced and accomplished team. We lost 20-3 to them in the first match of the season and the Myreside men will start as favourites, but … our boys will be hoping to put a spanner in the works! I look forward to a great match with good sportsmanship on the pitch and impeccable behaviour on the touchline. I will hopefully see you there.