Match Report v Watsonians FC
Andy Murray makes things so difficult for his opponents. He returns everything he possibly can, he always makes the opponent play an extra shot and in the end his adversary becomes discouraged as it is so difficult to score.
In cricket, the bowler who consistently puts it on a length makes the batsman play out of his comfort zone trying to induce a false stroke and so the bowler builds the pressure as the batsman struggles for runs. If you give opponents space and opportunity eventually they are going to capitalise – particularly when McKeen, Cullen, McLeod and King are the type of individuals that need no second invitation to show their undoubted ability.
Watsonians, playing into the breeze were quickly two goals to the good, the first a straightforward break up the wing and the second engineered space between our centres. We kept in touch at this stage through two McCashin penalties. We had try-scoring opportunities of our own that did not materialise due to the final pass not being delivered but this feature of our game will improve as the season progresses. Ciaran Whyte and Angus Rennie have played much of their rugby on the wing and are now deployed at full back and centre respectively, they both have the ability to beat a man and are very impressive physically but once the initial break has been created their instincts are to keep going when the offload sometimes might be the better option.
The action was helter skelter and Angus Rennie had a try disallowed for crossing as we continued to cause them problems without hurting them where it counts – on the scoreboard. Watsonians continued to press in that second quarter of the first half, in what was to prove the decisive period in the game. Firstly, their pack rumbled over and then, right on the half-time whistle, the Watsonians centres combined to score under the posts.
Half-time then, Watsonians had their bonus point and to be honest it looked pretty bleak. In these circumstances you are looking for individuals to stand up and show a bit of character and try and take something positive out of the match. Fraser Strachan was the catalyst for some lovely handling and we actually ‘won’ the second half 7-5, courtesy of a trademark McCashin break. The Watsonian support had witnessed a similar second half performance from their team the previous week and were now getting somewhat agitated with their team from the sidelines.
Corey Bethan and Thomas Spowart, were introduced and showed that they could contribute to the cause and both will no doubt be deployed in the coming weeks. Although our play was spirited it was unstructured but at least it was spirited. Our set piece showed an improvement on the previous week and our front-five all had their moments in the loose, in particular Max Campbell. Rappestad, not only has size but knows what to do with the ball in hand. We have to remember that these guys are all new to this level of rugby.
Next week we get a break from league rugby with the cup game at Hamilton and it looks like we will be without McCashin for a while. We have ability but we need the application, like Andy Murray, to play to our strengths and not allow our opponents to play to theirs.
Final Score 33-13
*Picture courtesy of John Preece