Down Inverleith Way 30
ACCIES RETAIN THE GAVIN CALDER CUP
As an RBG, it is always extremely difficult to walk away from Raeburn Place with a defeat. A 29 point deficit – and the Accies retaining the Gavin Calder Cup- should have made it even more trying and painful but, despite the result, there was something that brought a sense of both hope and optimism that all is not lost. The score (34-05) flattered the hosts and, as a neutral spectator opined, it was difficult to distinguish between the league leaders and the team desperately trying to stave off relegation.
With no fewer than nine of the squad that was victorious the previous week in Aberdeen unavailable, there was some apprehension amongst the SM support but the team rose to the occasion and put the Academicals under considerable pressure which never allowed them to relax during the course of proceedings. An aggressive defence made sure that every point was contested and, in turn, resourceful attack ensured that the Stockbridge men could not let their guard down at any time. Indeed the last 10 minutes saw the RBG pounding away at the home line for a another score which would have been richly deserved.
The diminutive Freddie Roddick (on as a replacement for the injured Sean Murchie at full-back) encapsulated the performance in a single moment. Faced by a rampaging opponent in a one to one situation (and as the last line of defence), he brought off a try saving tackle which will live in the memory. Likewise, Adam Howie strode about the pitch like an avenging angel chopping down opponents and seriously testing their resolve with a number of breenging runs across the gain-line. However, it would be invidious to single out individuals when everybody stood up to be counted and played with pride and passion. Watch out for Kevin Murchie’s match report.
When all is said and done, one has to be honest and say that the Accies deserved their win and it is difficult to see beyond them and Jedforest in the contest for the promotion and “play-off” places. Much can happen before then, but their meeting on 17th March at Riverside might be a very interesting occasion!
From a SM perspective, although it was good to turn in a promising performance against the division leaders, it will count for little if optimism cannot be turned into league points. Every National 1 game left will be crucial. Next Saturday (10th February) sees a respite from league action when Peebles are the opponents at Inverleith for a cup game, but Dundee travel to Ferry Road on 17th February.
The remaining league fixtures are:
Dundee Inverleith 17th February
Falkirk Sunnyside 3rd March
GHA Inverleith 10th March (Ireland v Scotland)
Gala Inverleith 24th March
Selkirk Philipshaugh 31st March
Kelso Inverleith 7th April
Please put them in your diary and support!
The Senior 2nd XV and the Mighty 3’s return to action on Saturday (10th February) when they play Boroughmuir (away) and Dunfermline (home) respectively.
The College teams met with more success against Edinburgh Academy winning the vast majority of fixtures. The 1st XV atoned for their disappointing performance of the week before by winning 26-12. A good first half saw controlled rugby, played with real pace to produce 3 excellent tries. The 2nd half was less fluent but still produced a sound performance for a pleasing result. The 3rd XV (who have to play the Academy 2nd XV) and the D1’s lost but all the other teams delivered positive results. As next weekend sees half term, the SM Academy takes over and the the boys are involved in fixtures against Peebles.
Good luck to Scotland on Sunday!