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The under 16 Scottish Schools Cup Final will see Stewart’s Melville meeting the old foe, Watson’s at Murrayfield on Wednesday night with a 6 p.m. kick off. Edinburgh Academy provided stiff resistance in the semi-final at Inverleith before the RBG converted pressure into points with two late tries to come home by 20-10. When the finalists met in mid September the Myreside boys came away with a victory which, in theory, makes them favourites for the title. However, since then Stew Mel have achieved nine wins in a row and are well-prepared. it promises to be an exciting occasion and your support in the stands would be greatly appreciated.
The under 18 final, between Strathallan and Glenalmond commences afterwards at 7.45 p.m.
The College 1st XV, unexpectedly, lost to Heriot’s (26-20) last Saturday and will be determined to put things right when they travel to Aberdeen to face Robert Gordon’s College this weekend.
The SM Mighty 3’s
A roller-coaster of a season continues. On the Saturday of the Australian international, the Mighty 3’s played near neighbours Inverleith at Arboretum and, in bitterly cold conditions, gained a 26-7 victory. By all accounts, everybody was glad to hear the final whistle.
Last week’s win of 67-52 needs a little explanation! Opponents Portobello/Lismore arrived with no front five and, indeed, only 7 players. In true Corinthian spirit, supremo Fin Calder lent the South Siders 4 players and an eleven-a-side epic commenced. It is possible that the indomitable British Lions Captain got his selection slightly wrong and the RBG were well behind (41-10) at half-time. With a little guidance from fellow manager and selector, Lawrence Reilly, the teams were revamped at half -time and the victory was eventually secured with two late tries. It is rumoured that the International Rugby Board are very interested in the law variations concocted for this contest and that they are being considered for the “Scottish Super Six”! Next week sees the team go “on tour” as they travel to Peebles.
The SM Senior 1st XV
Disappointment is the only word that can be used to sum up last week’s loss to Kelso (30-35). A game that should have been won and one that, hopefully, will not come back to haunt later in the season. Kelso had a man red-carded just before the interval and yet they managed to stay in the contest despite struggling at the scrum and line out. The game ebbed and flowed, but when the RBG scored in the 70th minute to go into the lead (30-28) one felt that the result should have been secured. It was not to be! The defence, which had generally been safe throughout, allowed the opposition full-back to gather a loose kick in his own half and then meander through several tackles to cross the line for the winning try. He could scarcely belief his luck! Undoubtedly, the cause was also not helped when, in the last few minutes, the game descended into uncontested scrums as the borderers ran out of front row replacements. A potent attacking weapon was neutralised when it was most needed. However, “C’est La Vie”, and all power to Kelso who played with a physical edge and kept going to the death.
Another good shift put in by the boys, but a try and losing bonus point were scant reward for their efforts. Next week brings a serious challenge as league leaders, Edinburgh Accies, are the opponents at Raeburn Place. Its a local derby, pride is at stake and a win is desperately needed! Please get down and support the RBG.
The SM Senior 2nd XV
The 2nd XV were glad to be back in action after the Autumn break as they played Musselburgh at Inverleith (won 36-10). Considering it was the first game for a while, they played with good shape, and managed to remain on the front foot for long periods of time through quick rucking and a strong scrummage. Scores came through strong driving and carrying courtesy of the forwards, and Mark Sinclair was a constant threat sniping around the fringes from scrum half. Given the amount of possession and space created it is possible the score could have been higher, but all credit to the “Honest Toun” men who kept at it right until the final whistle. Next week sees the short trip to Meggetland to play Boroughmuir.