Down Inverleith Way 2

Down Inverleith Way 2

Down Inverleith Way 2

Wednesday 9th November


Many members of Stewart’s Melville Rugby will warmly remember Grant MacKenzie. He was a hugely popular teacher at the school and a well respected and successful coach of the senior club 1st XV. Sadly he passed away after suffering from a brain tumour. As an ex-pupil of Dollar Academy, it was thought fitting that, in his memory, the 1st XV’’s of the Clackmannanshire school and Stewart’s Melville College should play for the “Grant MacKenzie Trophy” on an annual basis. Last Saturday (5th November) saw the teams facing up to each other in an eagerly awaited contest at Inverleith.
Pleasingly for the home support, SM produced an exciting attacking display which produced some scintillating tries born of great support play and continuity, supplemented by some exquisite lines of running. However, the final score of 41-0 did not entirely do justice to a Dollar side who tested the home defence with some great attacking play of their own. While delighted with the performance, coaches Lockie and Moran, quite rightly highlighted a number of errors and areas for improvement in the coming weeks. The penalty count against is still frustrating and something which seems to haunt a number of Stew Mel teams!


They found it hard to reach the heights of their Saturday performance today in the quarter final of the Scottish Schools Cup against Dundee High School at Mayfield. However, in an error strewn performance, they still produced enough rugby to overcome a stuffy Dundonian XV by 33-03. The reward is another away fixture in the semi-final against old rivals Merchiston!


It was good to have the prospect of three senior teams playing at home in the afternoon but sadly the Mighty 3’s match versus Penicuik 2nd XV was the victim of a late call off because of a shortage of players. The next fixture is against Currie 3rd XV on 28th November and Fin is determined to get a strong team out. Please put the date in your diary and support the club!


On the other hand, the 2nd XV were raring to go and galloped into a 19-0 lead, but Dundee Titans then threw off their travel weariness to score 15 unanswered points, leaving the RBG with a narrow 4 point lead at half time. However, after a harsh reminder from Fin and Jim (managers for the day in the absence of Gav Sharp who was organising his nuptials) at half time they cruised away to eventually win by 48-15. A good afternoon’s work and Fin, on a talent spotting mission, was seen in deep conversation with “Sesh” (the 1st XV coach) in the clubhouse after the game. Thankfully, the boys have now moved away form the bottom part of the league table and with the talent available there is no excuse for the upward spiral not to continue. No need to say more as Fin has produced his usual match report.


Frustration is the only word to describe the 1st XV result. I have never seen two yellow cards produced in the first 10 minutes before ( and doubt if I will again) but we managed to stir the ire of the referee, and gift Dundee with two tries while playing with 13 men. Gavin Calder, in his usual excellent match report, asks the question, “Is this a game we could have won?” Emphatically, the answer should be —yes! We played some good rugby and had more than our fair share of territory and possession. Lessons have to be learnt and ball retained. We are a young side and have got ourself into a relegation battle. With determination, belief and a bucketful of commitment we have the ability to survive and eventually prosper. Everybody involved with the club needs to pull together. The coaches and players are working hard and their efforts can only be boosted with support from the touchline.


The Annual Ball took place on Saturday evening and seems to have been a very enjoyable and successful evening – especially if one is to judge it by your Chairman’s demeanour on Monday evening! This is a major source of funding for the senior club and without it we would be unable to function. Many thanks to Nick McCashin and his team for organising the whole event, and to those who supported it either through sponsorship in some way or attending. Thank you.


On a different front, the SRU President’s first roadshow took place at Murrayfield on Monday evening. An overview was given of the current position of Rugby in Scotland and the issues which are going to exercise minds in the coming months and years. Club sustainability is a major concern and there were some lively group discussions centring around player payment, player movement and non-Scottish qualified players. If you have any views please make them known. It was emphasised that, at the moment, this is a consultative process to find a way forward. The National One Club Forum (representatives of the clubs in our league) are also undertaking a similar debate with a view to producing some recommendations for discussion.


Update coming soon.


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