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12th December 2016

Senior 1st XV Gain a Vital Win at Rubislaw

The Senior 1st XV travelled to the North East last Saturday (10th December) for, in football parlance, a “6 pointer” as Aberdeen are near neighbours in the lower echelons of National League Division 1. Having lost 16-46 in the first encounter at Inverleith there was little doubt as to the nature of the task but last week’s win against Falkirk, and the hard work on the training paddock, had stoked confidence and a little steel. The importance of the 16-26 win cannot be underestimated and a climb to 9th spot in the table, and out of the immediate relegation zone, is undeniably most welcome and heartening. However, nobody is under any illusions as to the perils and difficulties that lie ahead if we are to secure our position in this league. One only has to consider that the next consecutive games are against the top two placed teams, namely Marr (17th December) and Jedforest (7th January). This is especially true if one is to quote the Aberdeen website, “Thomson (the Aberdeen Grammar chairman) had watched his side enjoy 80% of the possession only to lose to a Stewart’s Melville side that could scarcely believe its luck”. Long may the good luck continue!

This week’s visitors to Inverleith are Marr RFC who in defeating Edinburgh Accies last Saturday at Fullarton (27-24) moved to the top of the league. The result of the September encounter was (very) comfortable for Marr but wouldn’t it be great if the RBG could turn the tables and consolidate their improvement?! Our young team would really appreciate your support at Inverleith this Saturday with a 2p.m. kick off.

The Mighty 3’s also reversed their last result against Currie and came out on top 47-17 at Inverleith. The RBG fielded a team featuring a number of “too soon retired” players (hopefully they will continue to grace the shirt) and a returning couple of “long term injured” as well as the usual regulars. Fin’s report is on the website. Very disappointingly, we were unable to field a 2nd XV and hopefully we can remedy this immediately. In their own right, they are a very important part of the club and intrinsic to the success of the teams above and below them. Apologies to Stirling County. With the universities starting their holidays this weekend, it would be great to see some of our “academics” returning to club colours. Please get in touch!!

With school fixtures now going into abeyance over the Christmas holidays, the Stewart’s Melville Rugby Academy takes over. This Saturday morning (17th December), they welcome Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15 teams from Ayr with 11a.m. kick offs. The Academy, along with the school, are a vital source of talent for the Senior XV’s and obviously an integral part of Stewart’s Melville Rugby. Make a day of it! Come and see the Academy in the morning and the Senior 1st XV in the afternoon!

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