Tickets for Doddie Weir Cup | Saturday 3 November | Principality Stadium

Tickets for the Doddie Weir Cup are going on public sale from Friday 25 May. If you wish to purchase tickets please try the link below. If unsuccessful, the Club may receive a small allocation for the game.

If interested please email Don Rolls

Super Six

The President and Committee of Stewart’s Melville Rugby Football Club wish to congratulate all six Clubs who successfully tendered for and have subsequently been awarded Super Six Franchise Status for season 2019-2020.

Our commiserations must also go to those six Clubs who lost out. They will, however, take comfort from the fact that the tender process was done in a most professional manner and that they will form the backbone of the amateur game going forward in Scotland.

To our local neighbours, Heriot’s Rugby, we look forward to seeing your Club continuing to be at the very heart of Scottish Rugby – and, with that, our long association on the north side of Edinburgh will continue.

Finally well done to Mark Dodson, the Selection Panel and everyone involved at Murrayfield in making this bold initiative become reality.

Bill McNie

President, Stewart’s Melville RFC

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It proved to be anything but “Sunnyside.” The Senior 1st XV finished a difficult season with a loss at the hands of Falkirk ( 34-12), once again falling foul of the referee’s interpretation of the laws. It is demoralising for SM players and spectators alike to be continually on the wrong end of a huge penalty count, especially as it is nothing to do with foul play. Quite rightly, officials must always be respected but a channel needs to be found within the club whereby misdemeanours are clearly explained so that they can be rectified and the team can get on with playing rugby. The corollary, of course, is that if this is done one has to listen and act accordingly! Recognising a certain amount of bias (!), it has not been easy to fathom out the problem from the touchline, but it is something that needs to be addressed for 2018-19.

There is no gain in further labouring the point. The truth of the matter last Saturday was that the Central Region Men wanted to end their own horrendous year on a high while the visitors, after a bright start, appeared to just want it to end! All was summed up when Adam Howie (playing his final match before retirement) was carried from the pitch with a serious knee injury – the season ended as it had started! A speedy recovery Adam and many thanks for your contribution to the club. It has been a frustrating eight and a half months where the RBG have failed to find the consistency and belief to come out on the right side of several tight encounters. Only Jedforest emphasised any real superiority in both fixtures and the champions, Edinburgh Accies, were given two stern encounters. Inverleith will see National 2 league rugby next season but it could have been different!

The players and coaches deserve credit for sticking to the task. Training has been well attended, analysis has been thorough and there has never been less than 100% effort on the pitch. Relegation is a fact but hopefully everybody will stick together now and show the motivation and collective effort to re-energise and move forward again. Efforts on and off the pitch will facilitate this process. There are many major pluses in the Stewart’s Melville Rugby organisation but undeniably there are problems as well, and the club needs YOUR support. There has been some reflection through various mediums as to possible actions but this, here, is not the forum for that debate. Suffice to sincerely thank the small band of volunteers who work tirelessly to keep all sections of the club alive. They would welcome constructive deliberation and “hands-on” help to put future plans into action. Do you have any time? It is also right to acknowledge the support from our sponsors — your backing is greatly appreciated and the club cannot survive without you.

Stewart’s Melville Academy U15’s win at Melrose

Congratulations to the Stewart’s Melville Academy U15’s who won last week’s Melrose U15 7’s tournament. To quote Ross McNulty, the Academy Manager, “Its hard to win 7’s tourneys…………and for a city team, it’s even harder to win in the Borders, let alone at Melrose. However, this is our second tournament win in 2 seasons, something we can all be very proud of”.  Tynedale were defeated in the final.

Not to be outdone the U16 Academy side set out for Melrose this Sunday to take part in the Drummond Cup. They have been drawn in a pool with Gala and Selkirk with their first tie taking place at 12.34. Other teams taking part are Melrose, Kelso, Peebles, North Berwick, Jed, Duns, Hawick and Berwick.

For those off you who are a little bit longer in the tooth. “Shergar” (aka Richard Maxton) plays his final game of rugby for Hamilton Bulls on Saturday before finally retiring. Ritchie played for Stewart’s Melville with some distinction while at University before a teaching post took him back through to the West. There he was part of a successful Glasgow Hawks side which won the Premiership before returning to his alma mater in Lanarkshire. The RBG wish you all the best and maybe see you down at Inverleith again sometime.

 

Finally, a little personal indulgence. There have not been many highlights for the Senior 1st XV this season but this has definitely been a favourite!

Best wishes to everybody for a good summer and the club looks forward to welcoming old and new supporters to Inverleith in August.

Phil Waine

Stewart’s Melville Rugby Camp JULY 2018

Want to improve your rugby?  Stewart’s Melville Rugby Camp this July will deliver Key National themes and unit work as well as additional masterclasses in specialist skills, speed & agility plus some games!

Priced at ½ Day (P1-2) £15 – Daily rate (P3 – S2) £30, parents can be safe in the knowledge that Bruce Ruthven and his coaching team will ensure the kids learn in a fun and secure environment!

Who: P1-S2
Dates : Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5, Friday 6 July 2016
Times: 9am – 12noon (P1 & P2) 9am – 3pm (P3 – S2)
Where: Inverleith Rugby ground
Registration from 8.45am.

Please download the booking form HERE and return to Ravelston Sports Club or MES Sports Centre reception.

 

Match Report(s) v Gala & Kelso

As I sign off for the season, I though it appropriate to give a “brief” report on the last two home games v Gala & Kelso respectively. So basically, you are getting two for the price of one!

The Gala game was in itself probably more significant in so far as the result confirmed the end of our National one tenure. A win with a bonus point and depending on other results, would have kept us hanging on only just but it was not to be. The Kelso game in contrast was more about pride particularly having lost in the cup semi final to the same opponents the week before.

Whilst there were some similarities in both games i.e. we lost, in many ways they both summed up our season where there were a significant number of games that we could have won and marginally lost, probably as a result of our own poor game management. Of course there were some other results where we were well beaten and would rather forget about. These games definitely did affect confidence and as the points didn’t come we found ourselves forcing games in desperation to achieve a win which can always be risky. In my opinion with the exception of say, the top four, we were as good as, if not better than most.

As said two “brief” reports will now follow;

Saturday 24 March Stew Mel v Gala – 3pm kick-off
A familiar looking team took to the pitch that had been transformed from what could only have been described as a paddy field into lush pasture (almost)! All credit to the grounds staff for their efforts. 

Gala kicked off towards Ferry Road and the game started to ebb and flow in terms of both possession and territory. The big Gala forwards started flexing their muscles and winning good lineout ball which eventually lead to the first try. Stew Mel 0 Gala 7. There wasn’t much between the two teams for the first twenty minutes although the penalty count against Stew Mel was mounting. Once in possession however some good phases were being put together and Ruaridh Mitchell again managed to drive his way over the line at around 30 minutes played. Stew Mel 5 Gala 7. A superb break then followed by Euan Morrison, AKA Happy whom despite his season having been marred by unfortunate injuries, was having a great game. However, his progress was soon halted and his afternoon ended courtesy of his opposite number. Ill-discipline or frustration – call it what you like. A retaliatory punch, yeah right! 

The eagled eyed touch judge had spotted the offence and a red card was immediately shown. The only beneficiary of this thuggery was the early introduction of Cash and what an impact he made. Unfortunately, however we couldn’t make the one-man advantage count although we did get another score and so did Gala. Final score Stew Mel 10 Gala 15.

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Saturday 7 April Stew Mel v Kelso – 3pm kick-off
Another beautiful day at Inverleith and also a sad one as the teams lined up for a minute’s silence in memory of Dave Brewster a former club legend. This was very much a game of two halves the first seeing some great rugby from Stew Mel which is perhaps indicative of the pressure being off and their league status for next season a reality. 10 minutes in after some great handling Euan Bowen strolled across the line and Cash converted. Stew Mel continued using the width of the pitch to great effect resulting in another try by Happy. Stew Mel 14 Kelso 0. 25 minutes gone and Kelso were now finding their way and touched down with a successful conversion. As half time loomed, Cash continued to orchestrate proceedings from all over the pitch this time getting the ball out to the right wing for Sean to work his way past a number of defenders for Stew Mel’s third try of the afternoon successfully converted by Cash. A penalty 5 minutes later gave Kelso a further 3 points Half time score Stew Mel 21 Kelso 10. What a half but unfortunately that was the afternoon’s entertainment for the Stew Mel faithful.

The second half can only be best described as a plethora of penalties, wasteful kicking and loss of structure probably not helped by a number of enforced changes due to injury. Kelso managed to score another couple of trys with the final score Stew Mel 21 – Kelso 27. A disappointing and frustrating end to a disappointing season.

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There was however some good rugby on display and on reflection we must be aware of what we can do to improve. I have on a number of occasions made my views on the kicking game fairly clear and yet again there were at least two good examples of this where we gave possession straight back to the opposition. Despite playing good rugby and working through phases we opted to kick which immediately gave Kelso the upper hand and they retained possession for significant periods which ultimately lead to trys.

The majority of teams we have played this season have been more tactically astute in this regard and most have the mindset to play running rugby which actually works! We must learn to use our wide pitch to this effect. If James Ferguson gets the ball in space he is a difficult man to stop.

That said, no point on dwelling on the negatives. With Kelso the penultimate game we are away to Falkirk next Saturday. I think they are the only team that have certainly had a worst season. We must now look forward to building for next season and being successful in division 2 with the ultimate aim of getting back to where we belong and restoring the natural order! This will be a hard journey but will all be worthwhile. It won’t be long before pre-season starts again.

If we can start playing the rugby we are well capable of and equally and as important winning games, the moral of the club both on and off the pitch will be there for everybody to see. Hopefully we can retain the players that we have who have put so much effort in both at training and on a Saturday and all credit must go to them. This commitment is crucial for a successful campaign. If we can also bring some new players in, even better.

I believe we have excellent and a respected number of coaches who I am sure will be well up for the challenge next season. We also as noted have a good group of players both young and old or should I say experienced. The older heads like Ruaridh, Momo and Duncan will instil confidence and the younger ones will benefit from this. With a bit of cohesion, we can potentially be a team to be reckoned with. 

Mention has been made in previous reports of the school boys who have made appearances this season and also achieved representative honours, deservedly so I would also pick out William Lockhart, Jamie McGurk, Freddie Roddick, Cameron Symes and Charlie Simonds who have risen to the occasion and certainly caught the eye and of course James Ferguson who is now becoming more of a veteran! Of course Tom Petiau and Josh Scott have done their bit by propping up the scrum where nobody knows what’s going except them.

I am sure Phil Waine will sum up proceedings in his normal eloquent way – Down Inverleith Way 38 ..once the season is finally concluded on Saturday.

Kevin Murchie

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Jack Blain scores for Scotland U18 against England

For the second successive time at Inverleith, the senior 1st XV lost narrowly to a “streetwise” Border side ( this time, Kelso). For the second successive time, the initiative was jettisoned by conceding a plethora of penalties. It was not easy to fathom out the one-sided penalty count from the touch line, but something must be amiss as it has happened on several occasions this season. The XV has to learn from these experiences and come up with a remedy for next year – hard work and commitment needs to produce dividends on the pitch and not founder on the shrill blast of a disapproving whistle.

Frustratingly, it all started so well against the team who edged the cup semi-final (0-7) last week at Poynder Park and, with a 21-7 lead at half-time, the home support viewed the second 40 minutes with some optimism. Sadly, the rain came down and Kelso, switching their focus to a more forward – driving orientated game, slowly but surely wrestled the initiative to run out winners by 6 points (21-27). We wish them all the best in their cup final against Dumfries.

Connor Boyle – Captain of Scotland U18

Saturday (14th April), sees the last act of the senior 1st XV’s campaign when they they travel to Sunnyside to meet Falkirk. Here’s hoping for a positive conclusion to what has been a difficult to season.

The senior 2nd XV concluded 2017-2018 with a twice re-arranged match against GHA. Whilst the game was also lost 14-24, the RBG have done just enough to preserve their place in the National Reserve League Division 2 by finishing in sixth place. There was some drama towards the end of the contest as John Evans, the referee, was taken unwell. The club is delighted to announce that John has been given a clean bill of health.

Congratulations to Connor Boyle and Jack Blain as they played an instrumental part in Scotland Under 18’s success at the Six Nations Festival. Both played in all 3 matches against England (won 32-27), France (won 24-21) and Ireland (won 19-17). Connor captained the side on all three occasions, was named man of the match against France and scored a try against Ireland. Not to be outdone Jack scored two tries against England and one against France. One wonders if they will be allowed to play at Inverleith again next season?

 

Scotland U18 – led by Connor Boyle – celebrate their win over France

Three Stewart’s Melville players – Duncan Hood, Aidan Boyle and Jamie Thompson – also represented Scotland in the successful campaign at the Colwyn Bay Festival, while Finlay McNeil, Dan Hay, Michael Baird, Ross Johnston and Nathan Moffat all played for Edinburgh in the BT Sports Academy Under 17 Championship. Well done to all!

The Stewart’s Melville Academy U15’s make their way down to Melrose on Friday to play in the Provender Next Generation 7’s which is a prelude to the main event on Saturday. They have been drawn in a group with Berwick, Hawick and Howe of Fife. The other section consists of Melrose, Kelso, Tynedale and Ardrossan.

 See you in Falkirk!

Phil Waine

Doddie’5 Ride

A big thank you to all who donated to Doddie’5 Fundraising at our Gala game – we raised an incredible £750.

Your Team to Play Kelso RFC | Saturday 7 April 2018 | Inverleith

Saturday 7 April 2018: Kick off 3 pm

This is likely to be Adam Howie’s last ‘serious’ game for the Club, after many years of sterling service in the red, black and gold.

 

To mark this landmark, Adam will lead his team mates out on to the field before the game tomorrow – please be there to show your appreciation for all he’s done for us.

Stewart’s Melville RFC
Player Sponsored By

15 Euan Bowen

14 Sean Murchie
Graham + Sibbald

13 Cameron Symes

12 Euan Morrison

11 James Ferguson
Haldane UK

10 Nick McCashin

9 Gregor Porteous

1 Tom Petiau
Exception

2 Doug Randall

3 Ruaridh Mitchell (captain)
Craneware

4 Fraser Morrison

5 Jamie Sword
DJ Alexander

6 Ruaridh Stewart

7 Dylan Russell
Cambridge Bar

8 Adam Howie
Super Moon Lentil Puffs Replacements

16 Ben Dollery

17 Sebastian Trotter    
Trotter Family Bakers

18 Jack Somerville

19 William Lockhart

Head Coach Graham Inglis

Team Manager Alex Rappestad

Next Matches | Saturday 7 April 2018

SATURDAY 7 APRIL 2018

1XV HOME v KELSO RFC : Kick off 3pm

2XV HOME V GHA : Kick off 3pm

 

 

Team to play Kelso RFC | BT National League Cup Semi Final | Poynder Park

SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2018
3 PM KICK OFF

15. Euan Bowen
14. Jack Somerville
13. Jamie McGurk
12. Euan Morrison
11. James Ferguson
Haldane UK
10. Nick McCashin
9. Freddie Roddick
1. Josh Scott
Pollock
2. Doug Randall
3. Ruaridh Mitchell (Captain)
Craneware
4. William Malcolm
5. Fraser Morrison
6.Ruaridh Stewart
8. Duncan Wood
Breadalbane Finance
7. Nick Winton

Replacements
16. Tom Petiau
Exception
17. Cameron Taylor
Bill Johnstone
18. Gareth Henderson
19. Cameron Symes
20. Gregor Porteous
21. Sebastian Trotter
22. Adam Greig
Stuart & Stuart

The team bus will leave Inverleith at noon on Saturday if any supporters would like a lift to Kelso – please be there by 11.45 am if you do!

Bill

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