Down Inverleith Way 11
A rather disjointed three weeks down ‘Inverleith Way’ thanks to the home internationals, some intemperate weather and school half term. Nevertheless, several RBG teams took to the field with some success. On Saturday 28th January, the Colleges 1st XV (despite never hitting the heights) had a comfortable enough win against the Nails; the Mighty 3’s achieved an entertaining victory against near neighbours and friends Inverleith RFC (35 – 05); and the senior 2nd XV, in atrocious conditions, reversed the earlier season result by overcoming Musselburgh by 31 – 10.
The latter was perhaps most noteworthy in that in marked another stage in Nick McCashin’s comeback after a very lengthy injury layoff.
The following weekend the Colleges 1st XV were entertained by Edinburgh Academy at Newfield. Shorn of no less than 6 players due to Scotland Under 18 duty they still managed a creditable 14-14 draw. With the half term holiday, the Stewart’s Melville Academy undertook an U15 fixture last Wednesday (8th February) against Madras under the lights in St. Andrews.
After getting over the shock of the size and physicality of the Fifers, the boys produced some sparkling rugby to achieve a very creditable victory. The coaches were impressed with the way the boys rose to the challenge of playing out with their comfort zone.
Saturday 11th February was meant to see the Mighty 3’s and the Senior 1st XV return to action. However, the atrocious weather put paid to the former with surface water lying on all but the International pitch. As intrepid as Fin’s men might be, it is possible that some might have been been inwardly relieved as conditions continued to worsen as the 3pm kick off approached.
The Senior 1st XV’s loss (7-27) to Accies was frankly disappointing. There can be no quarrel with the result but the home players will probably feel that they did not execute the game plan as well as they would have hoped and, although the defence was valiant, fell off too many tackles.
It was also very frustrating that two of the Raeburn Place mens’ tries were long range efforts which came from situations where the RBG might well have scored. Gavin’s match report rightly points out that if this young side can be kept together then it is more than capable of challenging for honours in years to come. Let us hope that this is the case; that the successful College players are not lured away from the club; the development efforts in the Lions and Academy come to fruition; and that the Stew Mel talent out there finds a way to return to its alma mater.
However, first things first! We must strive to ensure that the Senior 1st XV maintain their position in National League 1, and the Senior 2nd XV do the same in National Reserve League 2. To this end there are two vital matches this Saturday (18th February) at Inverleith against Selkirk. Both matches were lost narrowly earlier in the season so there should be no lack of motivation. Neither should the mighty 3’s be forgotten as they play Preston Lodge at Pennypit Park. Please come and support — as 16th man you can make a vital difference! All kick-offs are 3pm.