Stewart’s Melville Vs Dundee 05/11/2016

The loss of twelve points in the first fifteen minutes, with two tries to the fleet footed Matacagi, when we were reduced to thirteen players in the end, proved insurmountable.

There are two ways of looking at this result – the pragmatic way ‘’a month ago we would have lost this by forty points’’ or if we are completely honest with ourselves – ‘’ this was a game we were more than capable of winning and actually it is a step backwards from the performance of the past two weeks’’. You choose… see below*

Although there was a strong cold wind blowing off the sea, it was another fine day for rugby in this glorious autumn and Dundee started with a bang. We were unable to get our hands on the ball and lost penalty after penalty until Docherty was sent to the bin. Paulsson followed soon after in what was the eighth penalty we conceded in 12 minutes. What is the referee, the ex-Hawks player, John Shaw to do? He is being assessed. He is highly regarded – he has to apply the laws as he sees them. It is up to us to study the recording and see what we were doing wrong – we may not agree – but whatever it was we have to play the referee.

Once we were restored to equality we undoubtedly had the best of the rest of the half. A break by Morrison should have resulted in a score but somehow Dundee nailed the supporting runner. The passage of play immediately before the break was particularly frustrating as we kicked penalties for position only to fail to execute. At this point Dundee had been reduced to fourteen men and the penalty count was evening itself out. Injury to Sam Ross and unavailability of Jack Hannay meant two of this season’s bright talents were missing but we failed to give the eager Sean Murchie possession in space and that is one thing about Inverleith – there should be space somewhere. Sean is flying just now and we must look at ways to get him in the game.
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In mitigation, Dundee very quick up in defence – sometimes it had to be too quick- and a grubber in behind often caught a defensive boot ……. such fine margins.

Mike is our conductor at ten and possibly felt the onus to try things, bearing in mind things were difficult to manufacture out wide. But the opposition know that – all the games are on video – and Dundee weren’t for buying his dummy, or ‘show and go’ as TV commentators describe it.

The fact that we were unable to add to a Mike’s penalty gave us a mountain to climb when we turned round to face the elements after the break.

Half Time Stewart’s Melville 3 Dundee 12.

The wind, as often happens at Inverleith, dropped a bit after the break and became gusty rather than a gale. Dundee executed their possession better than we had in the previous half and first Russell spotting a gap round the fringes of a ruck, then the impressive Cochrane finished an overlap try to secure Dundee’s bonus point.

stewart_melville_v_dundee_hsfp_05112016_0045_edited-2No doubt about it, a month ago we would have folded but the players now have a pride in their performance and no little ability. One nugget we have unearthed this season is Finn Hobbis, on Saturday he was faced with Alan Brown a former Glasgow Warrior and one-time Scotland under 21 cap but Finn never took a backward step and even, in an early practice for the Annual Ball, found time to dance his way through the midfield midway through the second half. Finn and Jamie Hodgson, in the second row, can be proud of their day’s work.

When Sami Paulsson went over in ‘Holy Cross corner’ it looked no more than consolation. Mike, however, manufactured a magnificent conversion against the wind, low and arrow straight to leave us needing a converted try to secure a losing bonus point. After pounding on the Dundee line, Sami again touched down for Mike to secure the bonus point. Who has scored more for us this season Swedes or Scots? It’s bound to be close.

Our next match is 3rd of December at Falkirk and the boys and coaching team deserve your support. The next home game is 17th December against Marr.

Full Time Stewart’s Melville 17 Dundee 24

*Choose life, Choose Inverleith, Choose National One rugby dogfight, Choose Denise

Choose pitching up for training twice a week after work when you can’t be bothered, Choose committing for nine months, Choose Nick McCashin’s leg.

Choose reading about yourself on facebook and twitter and posting inappropriate messages on Instagram. Choose Rappestad’s tries.

Go to the Ball with your mates and without a woman ………….and then breathe…. you’re an addict, so be addicted, embrace it, choose the minis for your kid and start the story all over again.

Choose rugby

Choose Stew/Mel

Gavin Calder

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