Thursday 21 November 2019

Match Preview Prem 9: Accies v Aberdeen Grammar

Saturday 23 November
1st XV v Aberdeen Grammar, New Field, 14:00
The league season is now halfway through and we mark it with our first Premiership home fixture, hosting Aberdeen at New Field, courtesy of the Edinburgh Academy, as our facilities at Raeburn Place will not be available until January.

It has been hard work for everyone on the rugby side of the Club, being on the road week after week and adapting to the limited facilities for training, physio, etc. We therefore hope a large crowd will turn out to support them at New Field on Saturday.

We have had something of a mixed season so far but, apart from the top two teams, the league is still wide open with everything to play for. We are only 7 points behind Aberdeen with a game in hand. We lost our away fixture to them on the opening weekend of the season and they had a strong winning streak early on. However, they have just lost three on the bounce, which could mean they are losing form but will also make them more determined to get back to winning ways.

Our squd will be wanting to rectify last week's loss and play more as they did against Selkirk and Marr in the preceding weeks. It should therefore be an exciting encounter.

For directions to New Field, please click here. Please note our post-match hospitality will be at the Dean Bowling Club.

Coach's comments
"We are delighted to be back at New Field this week and are grateful to the Edinburgh Academy for accommodating us.

"We have made a few changes this week, rewarding performances off the bench and at training. Jack Paterson returns from injury for his first game this season."

1st XV v Aberdeen Grammar

2nd XV v Boroughmuir 2A, Raeburn Place, 14:00
The 2nd XV will change in Inverleith Park and then play at Raeburn Place. Last week the 2s suffered a disappointing loss to Biggar 2nd XV in a very tight and low-scoring game. They will be looking for a win this week and on paper, with Boroughmuir languishing just one place off the bottom, having only won one game out of eight, it would look like a foregone conclusion. However, we all know better than to expect anything in rugby to turn out as expected, so - watch this space...

3rd XV v Lasswade 2nd XV, Hawthornden, 14:00
Recent weeks have, disappointingly, seen us cancel our third and fourth games, costing us league points but, more importantly, causing frustration for those players who were available. With a relatively local fixture this week, we are hoping we can get the lads on the park for some rugby to be played.

Onwards & upwards!


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