Down Inverleith Way 31
You will have noticed that John Barclay, Scotland’s captain, was presented with the Auld Alliance trophy at the end of Saturday’s international game at Murrayfield. This cup was (and is to be in the future) awarded to the winning team to honour the war dead from both countries’ rugby communities. It specifically commemorates Eric Milroy and Marcel Burgen who captained Scotland and France in 1914 and tragically then lost their lives in the Great War.
Representatives of both families and Amiens Rugby club (who promoted the idea through Patrick Caublot) came to Inverleith on Friday to visit the site of International meetings between the two countries.
They received a very warm welcome from President Bill McNie ( in interesting French!) before Finlay Calder regaled them with stories of his granny catching the train from Haddington and walking from Waverley to watch the matches. Their efforts were very much appreciated by our guests
Last Saturday, the Senior 1st XV took a break from league rugby to welcome Peebles to Inverleith for the quarter final of the BT National League cup. The RBG started rather shakily but eventually found a degree of rhythm to produce some good continuity and come home by 29-13. The forwards did not quite find the resolve and dynamism displayed against the Accies the previous week, but still managed to produce enough good ball for the backs to display their attacking prowess. Indeed, as their confidence burgeoned, it was clearly illustrated how dangerous they can be, and it was a real joy to observe the penetrative running, choice of angles and movement off the ball.
All power to Peebles who pushed SM all the way and had the final say scoring a well-deserved try with the last play of the game. There was much to commend the home side’s performance but also several reminders that intensity in defence and real graft at the breakdown must remain as top priorities when league action commences this coming Saturday (17th February) against Dundee at Inverleith with a 3p.m. kick-off. The reciprocal encounter at Mayfield in October was lost heavily (62-06) but the team are well aware of how vital it is to put in a good performance.
The league must be the absolute priority but the draw for the semi-finals of the National League has been made and it is as follows:
31st March 2018
St. Boswells v Dumfries
Kelso v Stewart’s Melville at Poynder Park with a 3p.m. kick -off.
This is the scheduled date for the League match against Selkirk at Philiphaugh and it is uncertain, at the present time, when this will be rescheduled. It would also appear that there will now be a “double-header” with Kelso as the league fixture with them is timetabled for the following week at Inverleith (7th April). Interesting!
Meanwhile, the Senior 2nd XV suffered a very disappointing defeat at the hands of Boroughmuir (37-19). Unavailability and injury meant a much changed team and an almost non existent bench – a very frustrating experience for the players and the coach. Hopefully, things will improve this weekend when Dundee are also visitors to Inverleith. Sometimes, the 2nd XV can seem to be the forgotten men in an organisation and it is imperative to appreciate that their well-being is important to the psyche of the club
The Mighty 3’s are due to play RHC at Union Park. Sadly, this venue is waterlogged, but the ever resourceful Fin Calder has offered to have the game to Inverleith. In the true spirit of 3rd team rugby, the venue (as long as it is local!) is irrelevant and taking part is what matters.
So to sum up: 3 RBG teams playing at Inverleith with a 3 p.m. kick-off. The Dundee games are of vital importance to league positions and it would be great to have a big support for both teams — and the bar is always open!
The inexperienced Lionesses continued their rugby education by travelling up to Cupar to take part in a tournament with Howe of Fife/Angus, the Harlequins (Melrose/Gala) and Leith Vixens. As the youngest side by far, the girls are having to developing their skills under pressure but are very much enjoying the experience of playing competitive rugby in a friendly environment. This augurs well for the future.
Due to so many games being cancelled this season because of poor heather conditions, the SM Academy are contemplating an Easter tour to the York area with visits to Alnwick/Morpeth and Harrogate for training and to play in a tournament involving teams from the North of England and the Midlands. Crossing the Border has, in the past, allowed the Academy players to experience the intensity and physicality of facing up to English opposition.
Due to half-term there are no College games this Saturday.