Thursday 13 September 2018

Match Report Prem2: Stirling County v Accies

For the first ten minutes or so against Stirling the play was contained in the middle of the pitch and the two sides looked fairly evenly matched. However, despite scoring first with a penalty cleanly slotted by Richard Mill, we seemed to lose our concentration and allowed Ayr to run in a trio of tries before the break. Stirling also claimed a penalty, putting the half time score at 24-3 to our hosts.

As with the preceding week against Ayr, whatever was said at half time clearly had an impact as we put Stirling under sustained pressure and were rewarded when Cammy Gray scored under the posts. Mill converted, putting the game back in reach on 24-10. Unfortunately, we struggled in the scrum on our line, eventually conceding a penalty try. This was followed by a yellow card for our Edinburgh pro, Rory Sutherland, for a high tackle, allowing Stirling to score their fifth.

One of Stirling's props then retired from the field and they opted for uncontested scrums. This proved to be a turning point for us, scoring two tries in reasonably quick succession - Neil Armstrong breaking from the scrum to cross beneath the posts and Gray getting his second following some excellent link work from Man of the Match, Armstrong. Jamie Loomes drop-kicked both the conversions. Although it was too little, too late, we once again won the second half at Bridgehaugh and our resurgence proves we can compete at this level when we focus.

Tries: Cammy Gray (2); Neil Armstrong
Conversions: Richard Mill; Jamie Loomes (2)
Penalty: Richard Mill

With good numbers across all three squads, the 2nd XV fielded a strong team against Selkirk at Raeburn Place, running away with the game to secure their second convincing win in as many weeks.


The 'Entertainers' were just too strong for the seven rookies in the Theban squad. The score was 53-0. by half time and once we went over the tun, the ref called it with twenty minutes still to go. Although we have gone down a league, which will make a difference, the importance of having a full squad, including replacements, is clearly at play here too.

Onwards and upwards!


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