Down Inverleith Way 9
Mighty 3’s, College Teams and the Senior 2nd XV
Great disappointment for the intrepid Mighty 3’s as the curse of Friday the 13th struck! ! All set to embark on their second floodlit extravaganza ( the first was against Linlithgow last season), the call came through from the wilds of Penicuik to say that two inches of snow had enveloped the pitch deeming it unplayable. However, the infamous “Pool Man” (also known as Ali Duncan) divulged on the Saturday that, being a resourceful bunch, many had found alternative entertainment in the hostelries of Edinburgh to assuage this bitter pill.
Saturday dawned with no snow at Inverleith but, sadly, a heavy frost brought the curtain down on morning games. There were hopes that the bright sunshine would bring a thaw to allow the afternoon’s proceedings to take place. Pitch 1 just made it, but all others remained too hard to allow any further action, much to the disappointment of the 2nd XV.
Stewart’s Melville Senior 1st XV 26 21 Musselburgh 1st XV
There are unsubstantiated rumours that Chairman Rigby spent the whole of Saturday morning roaming pitch 1 with boiling kettles of water to soften the odd frozen patch. Whether true or not, it was declared playable and great overhead conditions promised an exciting encounter. Inverleith was buzzing; a large sponsors’ lunch and the cancellation of many other games saw a healthy crowd assembling for the 2pm kick-off. Long suffering RBG supporters found themselves in a very unfamiliar position – 21 points up at half-time! Possibly, the players found this exalted position confusing as well, allowing the “Honest Toun” men back into the game and raising the collective Stew Mel blood pressure on the touch line to the more normal higher levels. However, character once again came to the fore and the ship was steadied for a bonus point win. A young team is always learning. The defensive shape was excellent in the first half and stopped Musselburgh playing to their strengths – in the second half such organisation deserted for a while allowing Musselburgh to dominate possession for long spells. The coaches will no doubt be emphasising that rugby is an 80 minute game and full concentration is vital for the whole time. No more need be said as Gav has written his usual excellent match report.
This Saturday’s (21st January) matches against GHA and Dunfermline
The relegation zone still looms heavily on the horizon, but the boys (and coaches) deserve great credit for winning six of their last eight games to give some light at the end of the tunnel. This Saturday (21st January) sees the Senior 1st and 2nd XV’s playing GHA in Glasgow. The corresponding games earlier in the season were both lost heavily so the challenge is obvious! The Mighty 3’s entertain Dunfermline 2nd XV at Inverleith. As ever, any of the teams would appreciate your support. Onwards and upwards!