Stew Mel 3XV 78 – 35 Penicuik 2XV
It was an amazing experience down at Inverleith today for the above average crowd.
Eighteen tries and the privilege of witnessing Gary Armstrong making his Stewart’s Melville debut at the ripe old age of 51 was not to be missed. Gary gained 51 caps for Scotland and was a member of the winning Lions Squad to Australia in 1989 captained by Fin.
Amongst the crowd was another Jedforest great Roy Laidlaw ( 47 caps ). The mighty 3’s are a pleasure to watch and play some great running rugby. They have the perfect blend of guys who have played at a decent level, young lads not too long out of school and it was good to see our two new gap year students playing their first game for the club.
The first category include Richard Borthwick and I’m sorry I didn’t see him play ten years ago but if he was a horse he would have run in the Derby – sorry for the comparison Richard but it is a compliment honestly.
Ritchie Munro , Lindsay Ross and Gav Sharp have obviously played 1st XV club rugby and good on them for still turning out.
I remember Rory Anderson and Jack Savage well from their school days and both did well. Jack was a dashing winger in the school 1st team and the best fielder I have seen on the cricket field. Rory gave a polished performance outside Gary Armstrong and made a couple of try scoring breaks. He did however take a couple of knocks to the head in the second half and was heard muttering at the end of the game that Hearts would beat Hibs 2-0 in next weeks cup tie. Hopefully Dad Chris will keep a close eye on him over the next few days.
Stewart’s Melville led 40-3 at one time and by 40-15 at half time. With the permission of both coaches Gary made his debut for Penicuik at the interval and when he scored a fine try it was only 47-30 for the hosts. Coach Calder was receiving a few withering looks from the hard to please home support.
However three stalwarts of the side namely Hayden Mourits, Calum McDonald and Stu McLaren scored their usual tries and in the end it was a comfortable home win.
Young Leo Munro did a great job with the kicking tee and also converted at least four of the tries.
I’m not sure what the future hold for the 3s and I may be talking complete nonsense but I can’t believe many clubs in the country have a better 3rd XV. I appreciate some of the lads have young families and it’s not east to commit to away journeys but it would be a shame if we didn’t see many more games like today.
Sean Nisbet, Graeme Mitchell and Calum MacDonald to name but three are outstanding players at this level. Sean scored an important try after the interval to give us some breathing space and almost added another before losing the ball over the line. This all happened just before his wife Eileen arrived.
It was nice to hear from the two gap students that they had really enjoyed the game and hopefully they will play many games during their 12 month stint at the school.
We march on Union Park next week …….
Lawrance J Reilly