Down Inverleith Way 22
The first half followed an all too familiar pattern this season. The Senior 1st XV, playing good rugby with plenty of possession, failed to capitalise on their territorial advantage, and a combination of questionable defence and wretched luck saw the ‘Braw Lads’ break away 4 times, score 4 tries, gain a try bonus point and lead 24-0.
At this point, the Maroon backs look sharp and dangerous every time they got the ball, and the dreaded feeling of déjà vu descended on the away supporters. The RBG stuck to the task, however, and scored a try just on the stroke of half time to raise the spirits.
It is not clear what transpired during the interval. Perhaps it was Gala’s extended visit to the changing rooms or Sesh’s words of wisdom – or perhaps a combination of both – which really stoked the fire, but Stewart’s Melville took control to score 26 unanswered points and sent their supporters into seventh heaven with what, at one time, looked a very unlikely win. It is easy to get carried away, but, for a team of ‘city slickers’ like us, to silence a Borders crowd is something to be savoured.
Are our young side beginning to come of age or is this just a momentary success? Gala are also suffering a long injury list, after all. The hard work and dedication put in by the coaching staff and players suggests that it should be – and deserves to be – the former. There has been real application, often in difficult circumstances, to improve, and the burgeoning confidence became increasingly apparent in the second half. You are, however, only as good as your next game, and high flying Selkirk visit Inverleith next Saturday in what will be a real test of our mettle.
One final comment on the game in Gala. There was a real sense of pride in being an RBG player and supporter on Saturday, and one does not often get a hug from the President on the final whistle! As the above picture shows, it was a very long second half. Bill has already supplied the full details of a very satisfying performance in his match report.
Sadly for our Senior 2nd XV, Gala did not have a reserve team, and, therefore, for the second week in a row, they have missed league action. Strangely, without touching a ball in anger, they have accrued 10 points and risen to 4th place in the table! They also play Selkirk at Inverleith next Saturday.
The Mighty 3’s continue on their merry way, and, as Lawrence Reilly reports, recorded a 51-12 win on Saturday against close neighbours and friends, Edinburgh Northern. The match was much closer than the score suggests and produced some vintage moments of 3rd XV rugby. Next week sees them facing up to Dunfermline in the Kingdom and Fin is very keen to assemble a strong team to traverse the Queensferry Crossing.
School, Academy and Lions rugby is about to come out of hibernation after the October break. The College 1st XV face an important game when they entertain Strathallan at Inverleith. This game is a “double-header” as it counts for Conference points as well as being the quarter final of the Scottish Schools Cup. They would really appreciate a big support from the senior section of the club. Why not make a day of it? Watch the college in the morning and the senior club in the afternoon, with lunch at Inverleith in between?