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One for the Guinness Book of Records? The lone “ballboy” at Inverleith last Saturday, in the difficult (!) weather, was closer to 70 than 60 years of age. Stationed on the Arboretum side of the pitch he cut a solitary figure, and any ideas of trying to operate the scoreboard as well were soon dismissed out of hand. Surreally, after 40 minutes, as the match officials, players and meagre handful of spectators disappeared from view leaving him as the only person inhabiting the stadium one did wonder if the match had been abandoned — only for people to re-materialise for the second half just as he got to the clubhouse door! The usual perk for performing such duties – a can of Coke and a packet of crisps – was replaced by a hot greasy pie and a pint of lager! The joys of supporting the RBG!

The pitches were looking “OK” at 10 a.m. but the residual effects of the “Beast from the East” and a combination of incessant rain and a school sevens tournament turned them into something more akin to a paddy field by kick-off time. The 2nd XV warmed up (very impressively) only for them to eventually agree with GHA that waterpolo might have been a more appropriate option, and the most sensible course of action would be a postponement. This left the 1st XV and Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians to battle it out on the International pitch which by this time resembled Auldhouse (the old home of Hutcheson’s) at its best for those with a long memory!

Great credit is due to both sides for producing good entertainment in appalling conditions although, sadly, the eventual win went to the men from Braidholm by 31-17. Again, a certain lack of experience let the home side down although Adam Greig, Sean Murchie, Will Malcolm, “Big Rhu” and “Momo” led from the front and drew the battle lines. Equally, and perhaps understandably, confidence is not at an all time high and this can be the mitigating factor into turning a tight game into a win. The score indicates the improvement from earlier in the season and, although of little succour, it is important to note that  Stew Mel came out on top in the second half by12-07! Youth is on SM’s side and hopefully this group of players will stay together and put to good use the experience gained this season. The RBG are more than good enough for National 1 – it just has to be proved!

One last comment. Thanks and commiserations to Willie, the Head Groundsman. He must have been tearing his hair out by 5 o’clock on Saturday. The club does appreciate the great playing conditions that he produces week after week and apologises for the extra work he and his team are going to have to put in to repairing Pitch 1.

Next Saturday (17th March) sees the Senior 1st XV travelling to Philipshaugh to meet Selkirk while the Senior 2nd XV make a third attempt to beat the weather and fulfil the fixture at Hartreemill against Biggar. Both games are scheduled for a 3 p.m. kick-off with the Scotland game against Italy starting at 12.30.

As previously mentioned Scottish Schools have been trying to run a series of Sevens Tournaments. Not surprisingly, the the first one scheduled for Glasgow fell foul of the weather – snow stopped play! Perhaps equally incredulously, the next round of the series shared between Inverleith and Myreside (Saturday 10th March) went ahead despite the monsoon conditions! The College teams met with varying degrees of success. The S2 and S4 teams both lost in the finals (sadly to Watson’s) while the S3’s and U18’s lost in their semi-finals.

Possibly with a sigh of relief from some participants, the Merchiston round the following day (Sunday 11th March) had to be abandoned because of waterlogged pitches. The final tournament shared between Goldenacre (Heriot’s) and Newfield is due to take place this Saturday (17th March). One awaits the weather forecast!

Congratulations to Connor Boyle, Ross Thompson and Jamie Hodgson who have retained their places in the Scotland Under 20 team to play Italy at the Stadio della Vittoria. It would be great to back up a win against England and a losing bonus point against Ireland with a victory over a very tough home side.


Match Report v GHA RFC | Saturday 10 March 2018

Match report Stewarts Melville v GHA Saturday 10 March – Kick-off 3pm Three things surprised me on Saturday. The kick-off time being effectively at half time of the Ireland v Scotland Match, the fact the game was actually on given the weather conditions and in particular the state of the pitch and last but by no means least the quality of rugby on display. It was far from “stick it up the jumper” style as both teams tried their best to play rugby and for most parts succeeded. I think I’ve seen as many if not more dropped balls on a beautiful sunny dry day at Inverleith!

The game started in it’s usual frenetic way with GHA applying pressure with some good forward play and eventually releasing their back line moving the ball wide to score in the far corner with approximately 7 minutes played. The conversion was successful. Following the restart Stew Mel managed to get their hands on the ball at last, with Adam Greig leading the charge although this perceived advantage was short lived and ultimately lead to a knock on and scrum for GHA around the halfway line. GHA then managed to gain some more territory and from the resultant lineout driving runs by their burly front row forwards lead to another try at around the 15 minute mark. Stew Mel 0 GHA 14.

A similar pattern of play continued, after the restart and whilst GHA were keeping the ball in hand, when in possession Stew Mel unfortunately opted for the kicking game which lead to gifting GHA more possession and as a result they crossed the line once more at around the 25 minute mark bring the score to Stew Mel 0 GHA 19.

With approximately 30 minutes on the clock Ruairdh Mitchell found his way over after some good forward play bringing the score to Stew Mel 5 GHA 19.

The game was now reaching a bit more equilibrium in terms of possession and territory with both teams winning and losing lineouts in particular, Stew Mel were defending well under pressure and as a result of GHA unforced errors were able to exploit and illustrate some dominance in the set piece but again poor kicking, rather than leading to territorial advantage, resulted in GHA regaining possession and scoring just before half time. Stew Mel 5 GHA 24.

The stand and pitch were then temporarily evacuated as players and spectators disappeared presumably, players to change into some relatively dry clothing and spectators to grab a hot drink. There was, as a result, a rumour that the game had been abandoned due to the conditions (which may not have been a bad thing) however this was not to be and they reappeared and continued proceedings in a similar manner. From Stew Mel’s perspective there were better passages of play with some good hands and at last managed to get the ball wide to James Ferguson who had seen very little of the action up to this point. He was able to power his way over at around the 50 minute mark. Stew Mel 10 GHA 24.

This certainly instilled a degree of confidence and although we managed to retain possession for a short periods of time the cold hands and slippery ball ultimately meant it was GHA’s turn to have another go which they did scoring another try. Stew Mel 10 GHA 31. A very similar pattern of play, in reverse, came about with Stew Mel managing to get a third try at approximately 70 minutes played eventually bringing the final score to Stew Mel 17 GHA 31.

This was not the easiest match to report on due to a combination of the weather, failing eyesight and identifying the players towards the end. They all looked much the same with the exception of the variations in size and appeared as if as if they had just finished a Tough Mudder event. Mild hypothermia appeared to be affecting some, so I am sure it is not a day they all want to remember.

Whilst we did score trys (sorry couldn’t identify the third try scorer!) which is commendable, it is points we need and regrettably we came away with nothing on Saturday. Prior to this game if I had been given the choice of a Scotland win or a Stew Mel win I would have had no hesitation in hoping for the latter particularly given the divided loyalties in my household whenever Scotland play Ireland.

In summary the better team won and were impressive in the way they played both forwards and backs. Their backs appeared to have a structure and a clear game plan once in possession and their forwards provided them with good quick ball. In contract whilst our forwards did extremely well we seemed to lack ideas in the back line and again our kicking game was poor and in some case totally unnecessary. It is quite frustrating at times to try and understand why we had opted, during a number of good phases of play, to kick and in most cases either not finding the space, the touch line or gaining any territorial advantage, but merely giving the opportunity to the opposition to build their own attacks and take control of the game which they ultimately did for most part.

As the end of the season looms we still have 4 league games left and a cup game. I have said it before and I’ll say and again, all still to play for, but I am sure all the players are fully aware of the situation and regardless of what happens at the end of the season they should at least be satisfied that they have given everything for the cause in each and every game. It’s been a long road but we will know where our destination lies very soon. Next up another trip to the Borders, this time Selkirk. No reason why we cannot come away with some points – hopefully!


Kevin Murchie

Team to Play Selkirk RFC | Saturday 17 March | Philiphaugh : KO 3pm

15 Sean Murchie
Graham + Sibbald
14 Jack Somerville
13 Cameron Symes
12 Euan Morrison
11 James Ferguson
10 Euan Bowen
9 Charlie Simmonds
1 Tom Petiau* 
2 Ruaridh Mitchell* (Hooker) Captain
3 Josh Scott* (Prop)
4 Fraser Morrison
5 Jamie Sword
DJ Alexander
6 Lewis Scott
Rob Mac
8 Nick Winton
7 Duncan Wood

16 Cameron Harrison*
17 Cameron Taylor* (Prop)
18 William Malcolm
19 Jamie McGurk
20 Gregor Porteous

Next Matches | Saturday 17 March 2018


1XV AWAY v SELKIRK RFC : Kick off 3pm

2XV AWAY v BIGGAR 2XV : Kick off 3pm
Re-scheduled from 3rd March


Team to play GHA RFC | Saturday 10 March | Inverleith | Kick off 3pm

Kick off 3pm @ Inverleith

Stewart’s Melville RFC Player
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15 Adam Greig
Stuart & Stuart
14 Sean Murchie
Graham + Sibbald
13 Cameron Symes
12 Euan Morrison
11 James Ferguson
Haldane UK
10 Euan Bowen
9 Charlie Simmonds
1 Josh Scott
2 Cameron Harrison
3 Ruaridh Mitchell (captain)
4 William Malcolm
5 Jamie Sword
DJ Alexander
6 Fraser Morrison
7 Ruaridh Stewart
8 Lewis Scott
Rob Mac

16 Gavin MacGregor
17 Tom Petiau
18 Ben Dollery
19 Jamie McGurk
20 Freddie Roddick

Head Coach Graham Inglis
Team Manager Alex Rappestad

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There are two very important matches this Saturday (10th March 2018). Scotland play Ireland in Dublin, but more crucial for Stewart’s Melville is the re-arranged league match against GHA at Inverleith as the continuing struggle against relegation plays itself out.

Please set you Sky/Virgin box, or even old fashioned video machine, to record and come down to Inverleith to shout on the team. They undoubtedly appreciate your support from the touchline and the turnout for the Dundee game was a little disappointing. It would give them a big boost to have a large and vocal backing.

The Senior 2nd XV also entertain GHA and both RBG teams will want to expunge from their memory the losses suffered against the same opposition back in October.

Hearty congratulations to Connor Boyle (pictured) who has been selected for the Scotland U20 team to play Ireland at Donnybrook on Friday night. Quite an achievement for somebody who has only just reached his 18th birthday. Connor is captain of the College 1st XV and latterly has played several games for the senior 1st XV. He joins two other Stew Mellies in the squad, Ross Thomson and Jamie Hodgson and the club wishes them all the best as they try to emulate the recent victory over England.

Well done also to Jack Blain who has been included in the Scotland U18 team to play Wales at Murrayfield this Sunday (11th March) with an 11.30 kick off. It is good to see Jack back after his enforced lay-off to complete concussion protocols.

Not surprisingly, the matches against Falkirk and Bigger were postponed last week and have been rescheduled for Saturday 14th April and Saturday 17th March respectively. For your diary the remaining fixtures for this season are:

Senior 1st XV:

Saturday 10th March               GHA (L)                     Inverleith
Saturday 17th March               Selkirk (L)                  Philipshaugh
Saturday 24th March               Gala (L)                     Inverleith
Saturday 31st March               Kelso (cup)                Poynder Park
Saturday 7th April                    Kelso (L)                   Inverleith
Saturday 14th April                  Falkirk (L)                  Sunnyside

Senior 2nd XV:

Saturday 10th March              GHA (L)                      Inverleith
Saturday 17th March              Biggar (L)                  Hartreemill
Saturday 31st March              Selkirk (L)                   Inverleith


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Still trying to recover from the Dundee result and come to terms with the increasingly difficult situa-tion SM finds itself in! The Taysiders’ match report did not – perhaps unsurprisingly – really encap-sulate the game from an Inverleith point of view* and, while sympathising with their noted injury crisis, it is difficult to show too much compassion after the RBG problems in this department throughout the course of the season. Especially when they occupy 4th position in the table! The sentiment that they would like to play at Inverleith again next season is much appreciated and the home players know that to make this happen will take a herculean effort! Please give them your support.

Dundee were unable to raise a 2nd XV and therefore it was left to the Mighty 3’s to bring some cheer to the clubhouse when they engaged in another high scoring contest this time with RHC Cougars. A win in the last game of the season is a satisfying way to finish and a huge thanks must go to Fin and his team of managers for navigating the club through the rough waters of Reserve League Rugby. The exact format of the game at this level is being investigated at the moment and developments should become clearer in the near future.

This Saturday sees the Senior 1st XV travelling to Sunnyside to play Falkirk while the Senior 2nd XV play Biggar at Hartreemill. Both kick-offs are 3 p.m.

Our esteemed President and Vice-President with the Calcutta Cup

With England being visitors for the International weekend, club rugby took a break and President, Bill McNie, and Vice-President, Simon Breeze, represented the club at the post match dinner. By all accounts, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and took the opportunity of giving some of the English players advice on where they went wrong!

Colin gives Eddie the “chat”

Not to be outdone Executive Chairman, Colin Rigby, was seen giving the English coach, Eddie Jones, some tips as to how England might go about playing France. It is not ab-solutely clear whether the words of wisdom are making much sense!

The previous evening (Friday), Scotland Under 20’s pulled off possibly the best result of the weekend when, at Myre-side, they defeated England by 24-17. On this occasion the club was represented by Secretary, CJ (Wing Commander) Anderson and RBG legend Bobby Clark (no not the Inter-nationalist player of yesteryear but the International referee of days gone by!). The latter reported that the two best players on the field were Stew-Mellies, Jamie Hodgson and Ross Thomson. What a pity they are not still lighting up the turf at Inverleith.

The club also hosted an International Lunch on the Mary Erskine School site.More than a hundred guests gathered in advance of the Calcutta Cup clash. Those attending were entertained royally by Fin and Jim Calder who shared stories of battles past and thoughts on the match to come.

Calcutta Cup pre match lunch @ EMSM The Mary Erskine School

Malcolm and Murray meet up with the Greats

Whilst few in attendance could have predicted the scenes which would un-fold at Murrayfield later in the day, those listening carefully would have noted that Jim questioned whether or not the English team were quite as strong as their hugely impressive record suggested. The attendees were also treated to a guest appearance from an-other member of rugby royalty in the shape of Mike Teague. For those who remember the Lions tour of 1989 so famously captained by Finlay, The Gloucester Builder, Teague, was the player of the series. The club are privileged to have such great rugby people supporting it. Speaking of rugby people, Marr took a table and supported our fund raising once again, and we were also joined by a group travelling in from Portugal! The lunch itself was excellent and the catering team at MES deserved great praise. And then, off to the game … what a day!!

College fixtures were due to resume after half-term with a run of games against Stirling County but all were cancelled because of the weather. Believe it or not, with the weather in Scotland, the School Sevens Season is due to com-mence with a competition scheduled to start at Glasgow Academy this Saturday (3rd March). It is to be wondered what the Fijians would make of performing in the snow on a sub zero Glasgow day! One can only speculate – perhaps Scott Riddell could provide an answer!

For some teams the XV-a-side season finishes on the 10th March with matches against Dundee High School whilst others carry on to the 17th March to play their final match against old rivals, George Watson’s College.The 2nd year boys have a great finish to the year when they take part in the Roslyn Park Sevens on the 21st March.

The SM Academy are no longer able to undertake an Easter tour, but the good news is that they will now be taking part in the Melrose Sevens. As the weather improves there are also a number of fixtures on the horizon. Hopefully there will be some news from the SM Lions and Lionesses in the near future.

The Super Six and Agenda 3 debate is hotting up and the date for bidding for one of the franchises draws ever closer. Much water has still to flow under the bridge but there is a likelihood that the face of club rugby might/will drastically change. Stewart’s Melville (even if it wanted to) is in no po-sition to consider being one of the semi-professional organisations but due cognisance must be paid to all developments. Do you have a view?

Finally, let’s hope that the Scotland team —and their supporters — keep things in perspective. A win against England is great but it does not automatically turn you into world-beaters. The truth is that it is just a step in the right direction.

* see Kevin Murchie’s excellent report for the home perspective .

Phil Waine

Match Report v Dundee HSFP | Saturday 17 February 2018

Match report Stewart’s Melville v Dundee Saturday 17 February 3pm kick-off Prior to this game I was optimistic. This optimism was based on a number of factors, first and foremost the squad that was available and selected, home advantage but of equal importance the general performance of the team in recent games and the potential they have shown. So it was with mixed emotions that I left Inverleith on Saturday but we did get a bonus point and will continue to build for the remaining part of the season.

The only change to the published starting line-up was Craig Willis coming in at number 2 with Ruaridh Mitchell propping up the scrum once more. There was a slight breeze but not enough to be a major factor in the game plan of either team.

Stew Mel started very strongly and for the first, possibly, 20 minutes had the majority of possession and territorial advantage within Dundee’s 22 due primarily to good scrummaging, ball retention and tactical kicking for field position. The set piece was functioning well with the Dundee number 3, being penalised numerous times. Perhaps he is just too big to be a prop. It was somewhat ironic to hear his rally cries of “energy boys energy” as he struggled to get his substantial bulk around the park. However when embroiled in the action, the former Glasgow pro was an effective ball carrier and difficult to stop. We were always told that the bigger they are the harder they fall? Not so sure!

As said Stew Mel appeared to have the upper hand in the set piece although their loose play was, at times, compromised particularly due to the experienced Dundee back row. Continued pressure on Dundee however unfortunately did not result in any points and against the run of play at around 30 minutes, they took their opportunity bursting down the right wing to eventually score in the far corner despite desperate attempts at cover tackling.

Stew Mel were straight back into it following the restart and again camped within Dundee’s 22. The ever alert Gregor saw his opportunity and darted for the line, the conversion being successful. Stew Mel 7 Dundee 5.

This certainly gave the home team confidence and was also pleasing to the assembled crowd of supporters who I think were as optimistic as I was.

Dundee slowly managed to increase their possession percentage and as a result of sustained pressure won a penalty within kickable distance which they duly converted bringing the score to Stew Mel 7 Dundee 8. Stew Mel were also awarded a penalty in a similar position but rather than go for 3 points they kicked for touch but unfortunately lost possession in the lineout 5 meters out. It is easy on hindsight to suggest they made the wrong decision. Half time score Stew Mel 7 Dundee 8.

With 40 minutes left to play it was anyone’s guess as to how the second half would pan out. Right from the start, however, Dundee came out of the blocks with renewed vigour and dominated for large periods certainly for the first 20/25 minutes, their illusive winger breaking through for try which was converted at around the 55 minute mark. Stew Mel 7 Dundee 15.

After what seemed a bit of lapse, Stew Mel again began to pick themselves up and get back into the game. The ball was moved quickly to the left putting James in to add to his tally, although the conversion was unsuccessful. Stew Mel 12 Dundee 20.

Both teams were now playing with a similar tempo but were both making an equal number of errors. Dundee however reacted quicker to any opportunities that arose and were rewarded with another try by Mackie (his second) with about 10 minutes to go. Stew Mel 12 Dundee 25. The game was reaching its pinnacle at this stage and would have been of great entertainment for any neutral fan although I am sure that the excitement from the Stew Mel supporters was equally mirrored by a degree of nervousness from the Dundee faithful as Stew Mel crossed the line again, Momo this time, with the conversion being successful. However we ran out of time yet again. Full time Stew Mel 19 Dundee 25.

As said it was a good game of rugby and would have been more enjoyable if we had been sitting mid table and not in a position whereby points and victories are now cruitial to avoid relegation. Some lapses of concentration in the second half may have gifted Dundee their trys although that it not an unusual consequence of being under pressure. Conversely when we put Dundee under pressure as we did for significant parts of the first half, more points should have been forthcoming. Some of our tactical kicking let us down as far as giving possession straight back to Dundee where at least once, as a result of not finding touch, they ultimately scored. We struggled at times in the lineout although to be fair a significant number in my view taken by the opposition from my bird’s eye view were far from straight as was the alleged forward pass far from forward. The controversy of sport!

It is interesting to note that both teams play a very similar style of rugby and the score line probably reflected that. Breaks were made by both backs and forwards, the difference being Dundee had support runners and successful off loads, whereas when Stew Mel made similar breaks of which there were a few, in particular Nathan and Conor, a lack of immediate support meant that these did not materialise as it was hoped. But that is just the nature of the game. Nathan succumbed to an injury that, hopefully, is not too serious and he makes a speedy recovery.

The introduction of Charlie and in general the combination of Charlie and Gregor certainly appears to ignite the tempo. Maybe this is worth trying from the start. It’s a bit like the dilemma facing Scotland. Laidlaw and Russell or Price and Laidlaw?! I know what my choice would be – for Scotland that is! This was certainly a game that we could have won but whether we deserved to win will always be open to debate. Dundee have several very good and experience players who managed to control the game and in so doing ensure victory. However it would be fair to say that every Stew Mel player on the park is well able to play and compete at this level.

My advice to them all as they head to Falkirk on the 3rd March is not to drop your guard, play at your level not theirs. I hate to say, but it’s a must win, with maximum points, and to paraphrase Phil Waine “continuance in National 1 is akin to scaling Everest in flip flops” if we don’t. I would only add one word to this and that is “twice”.

No pressure!

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You will have noticed that John Barclay, Scotland’s captain, was presented with the Auld Alliance trophy at the end of Saturday’s international game at Murrayfield. This cup was (and is to be in the future) awarded to the winning team to honour the war dead from both countries’ rugby communities. It specifically commemorates Eric Milroy and Marcel Burgen who captained Scotland and France in 1914 and tragically then lost their lives in the Great War.

Representatives of both families and Amiens Rugby club (who promoted the idea through Patrick Caublot) came to Inverleith on Friday to visit the site of International meetings between the two countries.


They received a very warm welcome from President Bill McNie ( in interesting French!) before Finlay Calder regaled them with stories of his granny catching the train from Haddington and walking from Waverley to watch the matches. Their efforts were very much appreciated by our guests

The Auld Alliance Trophy Visits Inverleith

Last Saturday, the Senior 1st XV took a break from league rugby to welcome Peebles to Inverleith for the quarter final of the BT National League cup. The RBG started rather shakily but eventually found a degree of rhythm to produce some good continuity and come home by 29-13. The forwards did not quite find the resolve and dynamism displayed against the Accies the previous week, but still managed to produce enough good ball for the backs to display their attacking prowess. Indeed, as their confidence burgeoned, it was clearly illustrated how dangerous they can be, and it was a real joy to observe the penetrative running, choice of angles and movement off the ball.

Courtesy of 39 Design Photography

All power to Peebles who pushed SM all the way and had the final say scoring a well-deserved try with the last play of the game. There was much to commend the home side’s performance but also several reminders that intensity in defence and real graft at the breakdown must remain as top priorities when league action commences this coming Saturday (17th February) against Dundee at Inverleith with a 3p.m. kick-off. The reciprocal encounter at Mayfield in October was lost heavily (62-06) but the team are well aware of how vital it is to put in a good performance.

The league must be the absolute priority but the draw for the semi-finals of the National League has been made and it is as follows:

31st March 2018

St. Boswells v Dumfries
Kelso v Stewart’s Melville at Poynder Park with a 3p.m. kick -off.

This is the scheduled date for the League match against Selkirk at Philiphaugh and it is uncertain, at the present time, when this will be rescheduled. It would also appear that there will now be a “double-header” with Kelso as the league fixture with them is timetabled for the following week at Inverleith (7th April). Interesting!

Meanwhile, the Senior 2nd XV suffered a very disappointing defeat at the hands of Boroughmuir (37-19). Unavailability and injury meant a much changed team and an almost non existent bench – a very frustrating experience for the players and the coach. Hopefully, things will improve this weekend when Dundee are also visitors to Inverleith. Sometimes, the 2nd XV can seem to be the forgotten men in an organisation and it is imperative to appreciate that their well-being is important to the psyche of the club

The Mighty 3’s are due to play RHC at Union Park. Sadly, this venue is waterlogged, but the ever resourceful Fin Calder has offered to have the game to Inverleith. In the true spirit of 3rd team rugby, the venue (as long as it is local!) is irrelevant and taking part is what matters.

So to sum up: 3 RBG teams playing at Inverleith with a 3 p.m. kick-off. The Dundee games are of vital importance to league positions and it would be great to have a big support for both teams — and the bar is always open!

The inexperienced Lionesses continued their rugby education by travelling up to Cupar to take part in a tournament with Howe of Fife/Angus, the Harlequins (Melrose/Gala) and Leith Vixens. As the youngest side by far, the girls are having to developing their skills under pressure but are very much enjoying the experience of playing competitive rugby in a friendly environment. This augurs well for the future.

Due to so many games being cancelled this season because of poor heather conditions, the SM Academy are contemplating an Easter tour to the York area with visits to Alnwick/Morpeth and Harrogate for training and to play in a tournament involving teams from the North of England and the Midlands. Crossing the Border has, in the past, allowed the Academy players to experience the intensity and physicality of facing up to English opposition.

Due to half-term there are no College games this Saturday.

Phil Waine

Team to play Dundee HSFP | Saturday 17 February | Inverleith | 3pm Kick Off

Saturday 17 February 2018: Kick off 3 pm
Stewart’s Melville RFC | Player Sponsored By

15 Sean Murchie | Graham + Sibbald
14 Nathan Ross | Bier Hoose
13 Cameron Symes
12 Euan Morrison
11 James Ferguson | Haldane UK
10 Euan Bowen
9 Gregor Porteous
1 Josh Scott Pollock
2 Ruaridh Mitchell (captain) | Craneware
3 Rhys Morgan
4 William Malcolm
5 Fraser Morrison
6 Nick Winton
7 Conor Boyle
8 Adam Howie | Super Moons Lentil Puffs

16 Craig Willis | Bill Johnstone
17 Tom Petiau
18 Lewis Scott | Rob Mac
19 Jamie McGurk
20 Charlie Simmonds

Head Coach Gordon Henderson
Team Manager Graham Inglis

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