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Happy New Year! Stewart’s Melville Rugby emerged from its festive slumbers for a very busy weekend’s rugby.
Stewart’s Melville College 1st XV 53 00 Royal Grammar School, Newcastle
Having lost the first encounter narrowly when several players where unavailable due to Open Day or injury, the RBG were determined to put in a good performance for their first outing in 2017. This time the Geordies were apparently a little understrength ( with Newcastle Falcons calling on the services of some of their number) but, even taking this into account, they were blitzed by a stunning performance which produced 53 unanswered points. Hopefully this good form can be carried forward into the second half of the season, where as conference and cup winners, the boys will be targeted by all the opposition.
Jed-Forest RFC 17 25 Stewart’s Melville Senior 1st XV
Stewart’s Melville Senior 2nd XV 38 15 Aberdeenshire 2nd XV
Stewart’s Melville Mighty 3’s “not so many” “quite a few” Portobello 1st XV
The Calder Dynasty are well known for their rugby exploits but now they are adding another string to their bow – journalism! Gavin’s excellent match reports for the 1st XV have obviously inspired his younger brothers to pick up the pen. This week Gavin gives his usual report on the 1st XV while Jim chronicles the 2nd XV win and Fin “explains” the Mighty 3’s performance. Many thanks for their continued help and support. Also a mention to the rest of the 3rd XV management team – Lawrence Reilly, Richard Hughes, Simon Scott and Bert Hutcheson.
The Jed-Forest result was a huge win for us and whilst we are by no means out of the mire of the relegation battle, there are signs that there is a real heart for the battles ahead and a burgeoning belief that, with the right approach/desire/attitude and hard work, there is the ability to beat teams. Next Saturday’s match (14th January) against Musselburgh will be a real test. In the first fixture at Stoneyhill they “bullied” us a little and deservedly came out on top by 37-22. A good incentive for the RBG!
The 2nd XV produced a somewhat Jekyll and Hyde performance; some great continuity rugby mixed in with some careless handling, poor timing of the pass and white line fever! A number
of try scoring opportunities were butchered in the second half and hopefully this can be put right by next Saturday. They also play Musselburgh and also lost the first encounter (20-17).
The Mighty 3’s perhaps deserve a little further explanation of their position last Saturday. With Dalkeith 2nd XV sadly not being able to raise a team, management went searching for another fixture, with Portobello keen for a run out due to their match also being cancelled. Not realising, it was Porty’s 1st XV – who play in 4 leagues above – the game was eagerly accepted! At least everybody got a run-out and, as Fin points out, at least 12 students have come back to play for the club during the university holidays. The next fixture is Friday (13th Jan) under floodlights at Penicuik.
Stewart’s Melville Academy U13 21 07 BAT’s U13
Stewart’s Melville Academy U14 30 25 Glasgow Hawks U14
With the school still on holiday, the Stewart’s Melville Academy continued to play fixtures and produced two excellent results. .
The Under 13’s delighted their coaches by produce a fast expansive brand of rugby to win, on the day, quite comfortably against their Edinburgh rivals. On the other hand, the U 14’s had a very searching examination at the hands of a big, fast and physical Glasgow side. The first 40 minutes (these matches are played in three 20 minute sessions) saw the Hawks dominant and leading by 4 tries to 1. Fortunately, the RBG boys came alive in the last 20 minutes. To quote Ross McNulty, the Academy Director, “ ——— In the 3rd and final segment of the game, our boys finally decided to play rugby. With a complete change in attitude and mindset, we out-rucked, out-tackled, out-muscled, out-thought and out-paced the opposition. Hawks were shocked; I don’t think they could believe this was the same team they had been playing in the first 40 minutes, as they could not live with the intensity (the noise level from the boys in this period was tremendous as they were all pumped and communicating with each other – compared to the early periods when they were quiet). The boys outscored Hawks 4-0 in the final 20 mins to come out with a 5-4 victory and seal the game”.
Scotland Under 20 Training Squad
Sean Lineen has named his training squad for the January camp. Several Stewart’s Melville players are involved. Congratulations to Callum Hunter-Hill (ex college and senior 1st XV), Jonny Grant (current senior 1st XV), Ali Greig (ex college and senior 1st XV; currently playing for Bristol University and Stew Mel) and Ross McCann (ex senior 1st XV).
Next Senior Club Fixtures:
Friday 13th January Mighty 3’s v Penicuik 2nd XV Penicuik 7.30 ko
Saturday 14th January 1st XV v Musselburgh Inverleith 2.00 ko
2nd XV v Musselburgh Inverleith 2.00 ko
Please come and support.