2XV v 'Muir, Academy U16 Cup Final

After another blank weekend last week we hope to get some rugby this week.

The 1XV have no game, though will be playing Watsonians in a friendly in a weeks time.

The 2XV play Boroughmuir 2XV at Raeburn Place with an early kick off at 12.00 because of the international programme. 'Muir lie third in the league having won 14 of their 18 games, whilst Accies are sixth and won nine out of 17. We lost at 'Muir, 18-29, it should be a good game.

The Blues are also away, playing Peebles 2XV, again at 12.00. We are one place ahead of Peebles in the league, Accies having won eight out of 14 and Peebles seven out of 18. The Whites will play Lasswade away on Friday evening, ko 7.30.

The Whites have had a poor season for them - though the league is very much equivalent to the Blues league one year ago. We lie next to the bottom and have only won three games, whilst Lasswade are fourth. It is important to us to remain in this league as we need to consider where we play the U20 team next season, after the abject failure of the U20 league this year - mainly through student sides not being bothered to get a team or turn up!

The U20 team progressed to the final of the U20 Cup last week by default, because the opposition preferred to do something else and not play. Teams entered the U20 Cup agreeing to certain things re turning up and organisation - what a waste of Scottish Rugby note paper. How we keep these young players interested after the season of cancellations and no shows I don't know - and the number of players is growing - is it? There is no game this week, but the final is next Saturday - would you believe the opposition is still yet unknown.

Whatever happens on the pitches this weekend there will be international rugby on the TV at Raeburn Place on Saturday - with Scotland v Ireland at 2.30, Ireland v England at 5.00 and France v Wales at 7.30.

Finally, we hope to see as many supporters as possible at Murrayfield on Sunday at 2pm, to see The Academy U16 Rugby squad take on Stewart's Melville. This is the second of The Academy's national finals this year, with the 1XV narrowly losing two weeks ago. The U16s play a good brand of rugby, well worth a FREE visit to HQ on Sunday.

Posted on Thursday, 17 March 2011 under Club News