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Last Wednesday (6th December) Stewart’s Melville College U 16’s played George Watsons College in the final of the Scottish Schools Cup at BT Murrayfield. The boys had just levelled the score, pulling back from a 19-0 deficit, when rugby suddenly became a totally secondary issue. One of the RBG players was taken seriously ill, and after lengthy treatment by the medical staff at the ground, was rushed to hospital. Our thoughts are very much with him and his family — as well as his fellow players and the coaching staff. We wish him all the best and hope for a speedy road towards recovery.
For the record, the Myreside boys ran out worthy winners, but well done to the Stew Mel team who continued to compete valiantly in very difficult circumstances.
All Saturday games against Robert Gordon’s College fell victim to the weather, and College rugby now goes into abeyance over the the Christmas and New Year period.
With no school rugby, the Academy takes over and this Sunday ( 17th December) sees the return U15 fixture with Newcastle Northern at Inverleith. Back in September, the Academy travelled South and lost an epic battle with large physical opponents by the narrowest of margins (35-36). Trusting that the weather relents, hopes are high for a reversal of fortunes. Kick-off is at 11.00 if you would like to come and watch this facet of Stewart’s Melville rugby.
Last Saturday was a frustrating experience. Three Strong XV’s ready to play against Edinburgh Accies, Boroughmuir and Peebles respectively, and a heavy frost making the pitches unplayable. For many of the Mighty 3’s it was their first attempt to cross the city boundary!
The 1st XV match against Accies has been rescheduled for 3rd February, the day Scotland play Wales down in Cardiff. Hopefully, this will not cause any problems.
The draw for the next round of the BT National League Cup has been made and it pits the RBG against Peebles at Inverleith on Saturday 11th February, the day before Scotland play Ireland at Murrayfield.
This Saturday sees GHA visiting Inverleith to play the 1st and 2nd XV. The corresponding fixtures back in September were somewhat disastrous. As league points are at an absolute premium it is to be hoped that the RBG get themselves in the right frame of mind! The Mighty 3’s league has gone into shut down over the festive period.
Super Six/Agenda 3
The debate about the future of Scottish Club Rugby – and professionalism and amateurism – is hotting up and the pre-match lunch on Saturday, hosted by Jim Calder, sees Mark Dodson (the Chief Executive of the SRU) on hand to answer questions. It could be interesting!