Down Inverleith Way 36

Down Inverleith Way 36

Quite simply a game that could have – and probably should have – been won. How many times has that been said this season? It was quite frustrating to finally have relegation confirmed through a narrow loss inflicted by a “streetwise” Gala team whom Stew Mel had defeated earlier in the season. However, at the end of the day, the RBG have nobody to blame but themselves. No matter how baffling some refereeing decisions appeared to be, far too many penalties were surrendered, particularly in strong attacking positions, which prevented consistent pressure being applied to the Borderers’ line. If a decision is clearly explained (?) and understood — then it is incumbent on a team to adjust to the official’s interpretation accordingly. A disappointing end to a day, then, which had started brightly with over 100 members and guests attending a lunch where Gregor Townsend gave his views on various aspects of Scottish Rugby. It would appear that no fewer than 11 other Internationalists were in attendance and it was a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable occasion for all concerned.

So what now? Let’s hope that the season can be finished on a high. A victory at Poynder Park next Saturday (31st March) , which would see SM into the final of the cup, and victories in the last two league games of the season against Kelso and Falkirk would be a good start. Just as importantly, the Senior 2nd XV need a victory in one of their last two matches against Selkirk and GHA to ensure continuance in National Reserve League Division 2. Success in the above would be a good way to start building a foundation for next season. There needs to be a redoubling of efforts and not a dwindling into the close season – the club requires everybody to pull together! Life is going to be tough with less governing body money and financial constraints; not to mention Super 6!

With the season coming to an end, there have been some interesting events in the School, Academy and Lions fixtures.

The Under 14 Seven ( and Hangers On) at Rosyln Park

The College U14 Seven travelled down to London to play in the Roslyn Park Sevens. After losing the first two games against Wellington College and UCL, they found their feet to defeat Portsmouth Grammar School and the Samuel Whitbread Academy. This was good enough to place them second in their group but sadly not quite enough to reach the final round. The bad weather which decimated the Scottish circuit severely hampered their preparations and, all in all, this was a meritorious effort.

The P7 College teams hosted Wetherby RFC. The format was two 12 a side games with the Stew Mel boys changing pitches at half time to play against all the Wetherby boys. The final

score of 12 -11 summed up an enjoyable end of term finale and the return fixture next season is eagerly awaited.

The College P7’s with Weatherby RFC at Inverleith

The College P7’s with Weatherby RFC at Inverleith

The Academy sides played a run of fixtures against Currie. The results were:

Under 13 Won 15-14
Under 14 Won 60-10
Under 15 Lost 26-27

The Lions’ P6 teams (and their fathers) went on tour to Newcastle. So far very little information has emerged concerning this venture. There is speculation about the old adage, “What goes on tour, stays on tour”! Watch this space.

The Lionesses Tournament at Inverleith

Not to be outdone the Lionesses held a tournament at Inverleith and welcomed teams from Melrose, Angus and Galashiels. A great time (in good weather!) was had by all and the girls are gaining experience all the time.

Finally congratulations to Connor Boyle and Jack Blain who have been named in the Scotland U18 squad to play in the Six Nations Festival, and Aiden Boyle, Jamie Thompson and Duncan Hood who have been named in the Scotland Under 16 squads to play in the Colwyn Bay Festival.

Phil Waine

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