Down Inverleith Way 13

Down Inverleith Way 13

Congratulations to the College 1st XV who won the Scottish Schools U18 Cup at Murrayfield on Wednesday evening by beating George Watson’s College 24-14. Two evenly matched teams produced an exciting, if very tense final, where outstanding defence was the order of the day. This meant that the free-flowing rugby of the previous encounter was only evident in flashes but, in its own way(for a Stew Mel supporter, at least), it was a classic.

The view from this admittedly biased reporter was that the RBG executed their game plan with alacrity and, apart from a 15 minute spell at the beginning of the second half, were generally in control of proceedings. This is not to say that the Myresiders did not have their chances and that everybody was kept on the edge of their seats for the full 70 minutes.

Well done to both teams for a game played in excellent spirit.

The Senior 1st XV embark on a vital fixture this Saturday when they travel to play Kirkcaldy in the Kingdom of Fife. The first encounter at Inverleith produced a very narrow victory for SM (19-13) and the men from Beveridge Park, perhaps with some justification, felt hard done by. If memory serves correctly, the physical Fifers dominated much of the possession and put us under severe pressure for long periods of the encounter.

After a slow start to the season, the men from the ‘Lang Toun’ have put together a run of seven consecutive victories and currently stand proudly in second place in the league. The RBG are placed fourth and themselves are slowly but surely finding some form and looking for a fifth consecutive victory. It promises to be a cracker! The players would really appreciate you finding your way to Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy for a 3 p.m. kick off under floodlights.

The Development XV entertain Heriot’s at Inverleith with a 2 p.m. kick off. The Nails, currently in second place in the league, won a high scoring encounter earlier in the season and the RBG will be looking for some retribution!

Sadly, the experiment of the Ferry Road Wanderers to provide social rugby (of a good standard) for players at Inverleith and Goldenacre has, for the time being at least, been mothballed. With Heriot’s making a late decision to field a 2nd XV in their own right, the pool of players just proved to be too small. The situation has also been exacerbated by a reluctance (understandably) of players in both clubs, training hard to represent the top teams, to step down a level.

There are former pupils of both schools who have played rugby to a good standard living and working in Edinburgh. It would be great if they collectively girded their loins and dug the boots out of the cupboard to represent their club. A warm welcome is guaranteed!

A massive thank you to Martin Kemp (and indeed his counterpart at Goldenacre) who has put in so much effort on behalf of the RBG to provide people with the opportunity to play rugby. The Senior Rugby Club really wants to welcome SM school leavers and those finishing university back to Inverleith.

See you on Saturday!

Phil Waine

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