Match Report: 3XV v Peebles A Saturday 7 October

Match Report: 3XV v Peebles A Saturday 7 October

Stewarts Melville 3s  51  Peebles 2s  35    Inverleith      7/10/2017
 
It was great entertainment at Inverleith on Saturday with fourteen tries scored between two evenly matched teams.
 
With each game more and more of the boys are becoming regulars and it’s noticeable that a certain style is evolving which is pleasing on the eye. Basically the team is taking shape- sorry Fin.
Two early tries from Borthwick and McLaren had the home team in early control. Richard has a touch of class at 10 and it was good to see Stewart McLaren play his first game in ages. Stewart is a fine all round sportsman, one of the best golfers in the Lothians and I can remember him scoring game a match winning 40 for the school cricket 1st X1 down at  Loretto a few years ago.
 
Nearing half time and the Mighty 3s now 26-7 ahead and everything going as planned the great Cesar Luis Menotti even rated a mention from the home touchline. For you younger   readers Cesar coached an average Argentine football team to World Cup glory in 1978. He did have a certain Diego Maradona in his ranks however.
 
The famous coaches curse struck at this point when Peebles scored 14 points in a couple of minutes to get back in the game only 26-21 down.
 
The 2nd half was perhaps even better than the 1st and when they scored their 5th try the visitors actually took the lead. They converted each try, 2 from wide out and had a couple of very dangerous runners in their back division.
 
The game was now so open which I think suited our keep the ball alive running style and Willie Malcolm, Calum Mac Donald and Calum Hanratty caused havoc with their direct running. Hanratty had an outstanding game with 2 tries and an outstanding take from a kick off which set up another touchdown.
 
Oh and perhaps I had better mention that Peebles lost their best player around the hour mark with a hamstring injury.
 
Charlie Simmons made his debut for the 3s in the 2nd half at scrum half and made quite a difference with his quickfire flat passing. He has I think played at a decent level down south and could I feel progress up the teams.
 
A 16 point win was pretty accurate and hopefully all the boys enjoyed the match, it was certainly great to watch and full marks to the ref who let the game flow and conversed with all the players in a pleasant manner.
 
Lawrance Reilly
 
 

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