Mighty 3’s Match Report vs Penicuik
According to Club stalwart, Richard Mann, just two years ago Penicuik Rugby Football Club had found itself in a very difficult place with numbers at training falling down to dangerously low levels …… just 12 regulars to be precise.
As a rugby club they could only manage to field one team on a regular basis.
It was decided that if they were to survive, then they would have to roll the sleeves up and bring back fun into rugby football.
Two years on, as testament to that decision, their Clubhouse last night was simply buzzing …… and that was despite being at the wrong end of a 34 point thriller!
This is another fine Club who we find ourselves honoured to compete with highlighted by the traditional exchange of jugs of ale in their Clubhouse, a throw back to times gone by …… good times gone by.
Richard’s charges had served up not only ale on the night but played their part in an amazingly entertaining match in, what was, the most foulest of evenings.
Only the hardy pitched up.
CJ, Calum MacDonald’s Dad, John Grant’s Mum, some McNies and of course, our faithful touch judge …….Prof Michael Deignan. It was well worth it for we played quite the most scintillating rugby on, what was, a paddy field come the end!
Captain Mitchell’s decision to play against the wind towards the ‘deep end’ proved visionary. Within minutes of the kick off, Sean Nesbit galloped in to open the scoring. Sean has gas like no-other and with his own deceptive running style, carved up the opposition defence time and time again.
It was a night of firsts by the way.
Two lads in the Penicuik squad of 23 had never played the game before …… probably never again!
First time too that I’ve seen our Captain, so annoyed that he actually made a tackle then ripped the ball of an opposition player …… steady on Graeme old chap!!
But this was a real team effort.
At 6ft 5in, the highly athletic Joe Grant provided all the line out ball we needed and almost without exception, Rory Anderson used it to get his three quarters moving ……. who wouldn’t want to play rugby like this?? Rory possesses lovely rugby skills …….really where did this come from CJ?
At times our backs and forwards interplay was blistering and it was only down to stiff resolute home defence that we didn’t turnaround more than 22 points up.
We played the conditions to perfection.
It was great to see too our burly, ok plump, Craig Smith back in the midfield allowing others time to play around him …… I use the word ‘around’ him wisely.
Young Josh Tighe from Oz, in only his second game of rugby, started to enjoy the evening but come the end, so cold was he, couldn’t untie his boot laces ……oh Josh you will long remember last night in Penicuik am sure!
It was marvellous too to see his pal Masi back in Stew Mel colours …… what a player that is. Classic Maori, physical, gifted, who rounded of the night with a fine solo try leaving two Penicuik lads tackling each other as they tried to pull down this little wizard from the Land of the Long White Cloud!
Masi was in his element last night and at half time when I asked if he wanted off, ” no thanks mate! ”.
But I can’t speak highly enough of Penicuik though for although they were outplayed they made a right old fist of it in the 2nd half forcing us back into our own half with powerful rolling forward plays. Inevitably though close quarter rugby on such a night resulted in too many knock-on’s and our hosts were unable to cross the whitewash ……. had they been able to find it that is!
But what of our boys, twenty pitched up in total.
Everyone got a game and everyone played their part no more than Dylan Russell who was quite outstanding. Ball in hand he relishes the contact …… think you knew you were going to get a mention in despatches didn’t you Dylan?
All in all a great night for both Clubs.
Thanks too to Aaron who gamely managed to bring some sort of order to the night with his whistle. We are so lucky that young men are prepared to take up refereeing ……. for without them.
We have only but a few games left and it would be good to tuck a few more scalps under our belt before sunnier times appear.
As a reminder the Awards Night is on the 1st April and at 20 stg a head, we should all be there ……
Thanks to everyone who pitched up and played or helped last night …… it means a lot.
And by the way, no-one would have been prouder to see rugby at this level maintaining its traditions of fellowship than the much loved Peter Mann who looked after us all at both Ferryfield and Inverleith for so many years.
Richard is Peter’s grandson.