Down Inverleith Way 11
In one of his score updating tweets from New Anniesland, our esteemed President noted, “the Locals seem to be getting restless”. Indeed, the Accies supporters seemed to be at odds with many of the referee’s decisions and interpretations; for the Stew Mel devotee it was a pleasant experience to almost gain parity in the penalty stakes. As ever, on a rugby touchline, righteousness is in the eye of the beholder.
Glasgow Academicals kicked off – what promised to be a demanding fixture – on an immaculate playing surface and in perfect playing conditions. There are not many pitches that can rival Inverleith but this was certainly one of them, and the vociferous home crowd made it a lively and competitive encounter.
In general, the RBG controlled possession and as a result were able to dictate large portions of the proceedings. As usual, there were some very good passages of play – interspersed with some poor ball retention – that produced 4 tries and a very welcome bonus point. However, the Glasgow men (following the lead of their inspirational No.8) produced some real attacking flair of their own that demanded some outstanding defence. One particular spell of tight driving by the home pack required determined and resolute tackling around the fringes of numerous close rucks. “They shall not pass” was the motto of the day and the final whistle sounded on a 27-8 win. Watch out for Kevin’s match report!
For the second time in two weeks the Development XV met Boroughmuir at Inverleith. This time the visitors arrived with a much changed and much improved team. A very evenly balanced contest was the tale of two set pieces with the Meggatland men dominant at scrum time and the RBG dominant in the line out.
Boroughmuir started strongly and went into a 3-0 lead before two tries from Fergus Robertson and one conversion from Gavin Tainsh saw Stewart’s Melville lead 12-3. ‘Muir then hit back with exactly the same combination of scores to take a 15-12 half time lead.
Things started to look ominous as the RBG conceded another try to fall further behind at 12-20. Not to worry as Tom Petieu “belly flopped” over the try line after a break and offload by Alex Rappstadd. Super-sub Mark Leckie then scored two tries to complete the scoring and seal the game for Stew Mel (Won 31-20).
Standout performances were from Gavin Tainsh, Willie Malcolm, Fergus Robertson and man of the match Jack Pennell.
The Ferryfield Wanderers travelled to Penicuik and in a game played in great spirit went down 24-22. If you fancy social rugby then the Wanderers is the team for you.
Next Saturday, sees the Senior 1st XV and the Development XV playing Hamilton Bulls and Jed-Forest respectively. Both games take place at Inverleith with a 2 p.m. kick -off. Only two points and one place divide the RBG and the Bulls in National 2. It goes without saying that your support would be greatly appreciated.
The College teams met Dollar Academy in the Conference and won 9 out 10 matches. Unfortunately, the one loss was at U16A level where the Clackmannanshire side prevailed 10-12. This game doubled up as the semi-final of the Scottish Schools Cup and, therefore, there will be no Murrayfield appearance in 2019 for Stew Mel at this level. Good luck to Dollar who will play either Watson’s or Merchiston in the final.
The College 1st XV won 24-5 against Dollar and are now preparing to meet Marr College in the semi-final of the Under 18 Cup.
This takes place at Inverleith on Thursday (21st November) with a 1.30 p.m. kick off. Rugby in Troon, at all levels, is riding on the crest of a wave at the moment and the Ayrshire boys have beaten Lomond/ Helensburgh, St. Aloysius, Glasgow Academy and Glasgow High School on the way to the semi-final.
See you at Inverleith!