Down Inverleith Way 29

Down Inverleith Way 29

“Alive and Kicking” (thanks to Simple Minds) to fight another day!

All credit to the Senior 1st XV who travelled to Aberdeen knowing that a defeat would make continuance in National 1 akin to scaling Everest in flip-flops. The elation of the players at the final whistle was plain to see and the sight of our long-suffering match reporter, Kevin Murchie embracing President, Bill McNie, is not for the faint hearted. The five league point win (18-22) still leaves the RBG in a precarious position, but does keep the other teams in the nether regions of the table within striking distance. Cartha Queen’s Park did no favours (why should they!) by beating Selkirk, and it just goes to prove how difficult it is going to be to achieve survival.

Previous postponements, due to winter weather, means that the league programme has to extend into the Six Nations timetable. Thus next Saturday (3rd February) sees the RBG facing league-leaders, Edinburgh Academicals, at Raeburn Place with a 12 o’clock kick-off. This is a difficult enough assignment in itself; hopefully, “Welsh International” absenteeism will not play too big a part. As ever, the team would appreciate your support.

With the senior 2nd XV’s friendly against Dunfermline not taking place, the Mighty 3’s were the only other SM team in action last Saturday afternoon. The details of this game are shrouded in mystery but a perusal of the SRU website seems to suggest that the game against Edinburgh Northern was lost by 33 -39. Quite often in these games it is difficult to know who was playing for who and who scored what! One will just have to wait and see if any information emerges from the murky depths of reserve team rugby.

For any school readers, they might recognise the try scorer in the picture below. It is a very rare sight and certainly not one to be disputed if you know what is good for yourself! The Mighty 3’s now go into hibernation until Saturday 10th February when they entertain Dunfermline 2nd XV at Inverleith. The Senior 2nd XV are also due to be back in action on this day as they take on Boroughmuir (at Meggatland) in a re-arranged league match.

OF COURSE IT’S A TRY!

The College 1st XV had a very disappointing result when they lost at Goldenacre (22-05) Against a competent side, they never really found any attacking rhythm and ball retention was a problem. All other results against Heriot’s were positive, and the 1st XV will be hoping to get back on track this Saturday when they face Edinburgh Academy.

Congratulations to Stew Mellies Ross Thomson, Jamie Hodgson and Finn Hobbis for being selected for the Scotland U20 Six Nations Squad. Just a pity they are not able to turn out for the RBG at the moment. The latter two are currently plying their trade – dare one mention — at Myreside. On a recent visit to the Watsonian clubhouse, it was also somewhat strange to see Stew Mel stalwarts Nick Penny, Graham Burns and Steve Lawrie on their honours board. Such is the way of modern rugby! One awaits with interest, the outcome of Super 6/Agenda 3. Cards are being played very close to the chest!

With the school half-term looming the SM Academy takes over fixtures at Under 15 and Under 16 level. They travel down to the Borders on Thursday 8th February to play Peebles at the Gytes and Hay Lodge Park

Good luck to all Stew Mel teams on Saturday ——- and Scotland!!

Phil Waine

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