Edinburgh Academicals 2018Edinburgh Academicals 2018 RSS news feedEdinburgh Academicals 2018Tue, 03 Aug 2010 08:09:42 +0100https://www.edinburghaccies.com/Match Summary Prem18: Currie v Accies<p><strong>Results, Saturday 2 March</strong><br /> 1st XV 5-19 Currie<br /> 2nd XV 50-7 Kelso A<br /> 3rd XV 28-0 Leith (game cancelled by Leith - automatic award of points)</p> <p><strong>Accies 1st XV 5-19 Currie 1st XV</strong><br /> The conditions at Malleny Park on Saturday were not conducive to fast-flowing rugby and so it proved, with much of the game being slogged out mid-field. Our squad performed well and this did not look like a bottom of the league versus almost-top encounter, with our defensive play, especially in the second half, frustrating Currie's attempts to secure the try bonus they were hoping for. With no scoring for most of the second half, we were on the attack and hopeful of a score when a prolonged period of injury time broke our momentum and gave Currie the chance to regroup, allowing them to pop over their third try with just a few minutes to go.</p> <p>For a full match report, <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/currie-chieftains-v-edinburgh-accies-elusive-bonus-costs-hosts/" target="_blank">please click here to visit The Offside Line</a>.</p> <p>The 1st XV's season is now finished, but we await the outcome of Scottish Rugby's SGM on 22 March to find out which league we will be in come September. Our bottom-place finish does not really reflect the standard of our season. Yes, we made too many mistakes, especially in early matches, and we were beset by injuries. It is a credit to the strength and depth within the Club that those players 'stepping up' rose to the challenge. We were also unfortunate to have a handful of key games where the opposition's pros made a significant difference and prevented us from securing the wins that would have taken us further up the table.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match</strong> was Robbie Kent, who made several breaks, including the one that led to our only try of the day. Robbie is kindly sponsored by S1 Developments.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Try</strong></span><strong>:</strong> Mungo Mason</p> <p><strong>Accies 2nd XV 50-7 Kelso A</strong><br /> Another bonus-point win keeps the 2s top of their league but will it be enough to secure promotion ahead of Currie 2s, who have a game in hand and are currently unbeaten? It is shaping up to be an exciting end of the season. Please come along and support the 2nd XV against Currie next Saturday, 16 March, which is a must-win for us.</p> <p><strong>Accies 3rd XV 28-0 Leith</strong><br /> Unforunately Leith conceded this game last Friday, which results in the standard 28-0 scoreline and five league points. Given that we won our earlier match against Leith 115-0 and that the league could potentially end up being decided on points difference, the arbitrary nature of assigning a four-try win to teams whose opponents cannot fulfil a fixture seems a little unfair in this league. However, The Entertainers will no doubt come out all guns-blazing on 16 March, determined to storm the league.</p> <p><strong>Looking ahead - Saturday 16 March</strong><br /> Both the 2nd and 3rd XVs have home matches on 16 March, with the 2s playing their crunch match against Currie. This promises to be an entertaining game and we are holding a lunch beforehand. Please come along and support.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 ZFixture Update - 3rd XV v Leith CANCELLED<p><strong>Satruday 2 March, 3rd XV v Leith</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately this fixture is now CANCELLED, conceded by Leith.</p>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 ZMatch Preview Prem18: Currie v Accies<p><strong>Saturday 2 March 2019</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Currie, Malleny Park, 15:00</strong><br /> It is five weeks since the 1st XV beat Watsonians at home in a game that showed real spirit and determination. We will need plenty more of the same if we are to upset Currie's plans to retain their second-place spot in the league but there is no doubt the squad will give it all they have got.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "Premiership debuts for Cameron McCrimmon, Liam Evans and Mungo Mason this week, plus the return of Shaun Gunn who will make his first appearance since sustaining an injury in one of our pre-season friendlies. Otherwise, we have managed to retain the bulk of the squad who have performed really well for us since Hawick and I believe we have selected the best team we can to face Currie.</p> <p>"League position is out the window at the weekend as the game&rsquo;s significance is a personal one for us. Three of our players will definitely be swept away with Super 6 next season so the game will be a farewell to them and also to Mark Appleson, who has been a huge part of what has underpinned our success in recent years and in securing our return to the Premiership. We will be focussed on working hard for them and for each other, as we aim to sign off what has been a challenging season for us with a performance and an outcome more deserving of who we are as people, as players and as a club."</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Currie</strong></p> <p><img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Currie_away_02Mar19.jpg" alt="" width="584" height="759" /></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Kelso A, RP, 15:00</strong><br /> The 2s welcome Kelso A to Raeburn Place for what should be a warm-up for the final two games of the season, against second and third-placed Currie and Stew Mel. However, there is no complacency in the squad, who will come out and give Kelso a good game.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Leith, Academy Park, 15:00</strong><br /> The Entertainers are away to Leith this weekend. When we played them in October we won 115-0. However, they are fourth in the league and are not to be dismissed lightly. The pressure is all on the 3s, as they need to secure bonus point wins in all their remaining fixtures if they are to secure promotion at the end of the season.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 ZFrance 21-23 Scotland 1995 - Were You There? <p>Saturday 18 February 1995 was a red-letter day for Scottish rugby, when Scotland pulled off a famous 23-21 victory over France at Parc des Princes. This was the first time the Scots had won in Paris since 1967 - and was their only victory at Parc des Princes - and was a game that will never be forgotten by anyone who was there.</p> <p>A fantastic piece of rugby memorabilia has been created by one of our members - the ideal memento for anyone who was at the game that day and a chance to support the redevelopment of Raeburn Place at the same time.</p> <p><strong>For full details, <a href="https://www.raeburnplacefoundation.org/news/france-v-scotland-1995-were-you-there" target="_blank">please click here</a>.</strong></p> <p><img src="/Images/news/toony_flip_IMAGE1.jpg" alt="" width="518" height="726" /></p> <p>High quality A3 print of original artwork designed around a signed copy of the original match programme. There are 50 prints avaiable that have been individually signed by Gregor Townsend and Gaving Hastings.</p>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:00:00 ZFixture Update - Accies v Selkirk OFF<p><strong>FIXTURE CANCELLED</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately Selkirk have pulled out of our scheduled 1st XV friendly this Saturday, 16 February, so there will not be a game at Raeburn Place. However, the 3rd XV are away to Edinburgh Northern in Inverleith Park for anyone wanting to watch a game, ko 15:00.</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 ZMatch Summary Prem17: Accies v Watsonians<p><strong>Saturday 26 January</strong><br /> <strong>Accies 1st XV 19-14 Watsonians</strong><br /> The conditions underfoot on Saturday were not great for running rugby and, consequently, it was not a high scoring game. Most of the first half was played in the middle of the field, with neither team able to make much ground. Watsonians did make a few breaks, but these were well contained by us, with one exception - Watsonians' try providing the only points of the first half.</p> <p>It had been a strong half for us defensively, but our attacking gears kicked in after the break, with three tries to just one more from the away side. With the score set at 19-14 in our favour, the last five minutes were extremely tense, as Watsonians played phase after phase on our line. With hearts in mouths, the Accies' crowd could hardly bear to watch, but our defence was phenomenal, keeping out every attack against all the odds. Finally, Watsonians fumbled the ball and we kicked it out for our second win of the season.</p> <p>It was a sweet victory for squad and supporters alike, after a season of great effort but little reward, made all the sweeter for being against a Super 6 Club.</p> <p>For a full match report, please visit <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/edinburgh-accies-v-watsonians-raeburn-place-men-defy-odds-again/" target="_blank">The Offside Line</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Tries</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Martin McGinley - <em>Douglas Roberts</em><br /> Rory Simpson - <em>The Sellar Family</em><br /> Ronan Seydak - <em>Dufrain Consulting</em><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Conversions</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Richard Mill - <em>Graham + Sibbald</em></p> <p>We now have a break from league rugby until 2 March (when we play Currie at Malleny Park) but please note we now have a friendly against Selkirk on Saturday 16 February - 15:00 kick off at Raeburn Place.</p> <p>There were no games for the 2nd or 3rd XVs on Saturday.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 ZMatch Preview Prem17: Accies v Watsonians<p><strong>Saturday 26 January</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Watsonians, RP, 14:00</strong><br /> Saturday is the 1st XV's last home game of the season and, if the reports about Gavin MacColl QC's findings can be relied upon, potentially our last competitive match against a Super 6 club.</p> <p>Although a betting man would probably not give us great odds for a win tomorrow - based on our relative league positions and Watsonians' 20-point winning margin at Myreside - we all know the vagaries of rugby and our boys will certainly be aiming for a win.</p> <p><strong>Coach's comments</strong><br /> "I am delighted to be giving Rory Jackson and Chris Thomson game-time this week, as a result of Jack Mann being with the Scotland U20s. Robbie Chalmers returns from injury to join the back three, alongside Harry Paterson and the ever-present Cammy Gray.</p> <p>"We can take a sigh of relief following the news released through The Offside Line this week regarding the ruling on no relegation. Our aspirations of building a squad and a system that can go on and win the Championship in its first year is still on track and we can now go out and enjoy the last two games, free from the burden of the permutations of chasing evasive league points.</p> <p>"Turning toward Watsonians at the weekend, there is no doubting the dangers they possess across the park and in particular in their backfield. However, an Accies&rsquo; side free from the constraints and pressures of relegation is a different beast. We can go out with the shackles off, go back to what we are about, and play the way we have done prior to the unnecessary and negative pressures placed on us earlier in the season through the ambiguous process of transitioning to Agenda 3."</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Watsonians</strong><br /> <strong><img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Watsonians_home_26Jan19.jpg" alt="" width="514" height="680" /></strong></p> <p><strong>There are no games for the 2nd or 3rd XVs this week.</strong><strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:00:00 ZMatch Summary Prem16: Glasgow Hawks v Accies<p><strong>Results, Saturday 19 January</strong><br /> 1st XV 14-15 Glasgow Hawks<br /> 2nd XV 39-32 Musselburgh<br /> 3rd XV 73-13 Corstorphine Cougars</p> <p><strong>Accies 1st XV 14-15 Glasgow Hawks</strong><br /> After the threat of cancellation due to freezing temperatures and a proposed change of venue to Burnbrae (West of Scotland's home ground), our fixture ended up back at a boggy Balgray on Saturday. The conditions did not favour us and it could not be said the referee did either.</p> <p>Hawks played an extrememly physical game, both on and off the ball, and we were perhaps just a bit too nice to give as good as we got. In a tightly fought contest, this was a considerable factor in Hawks' win, along with a heart-breakingly unlucky penalty attempt that just hit the upright and bounced the wrong way for us.</p> <p>For a full match report, please visit <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/glasgow-hawks-v-edinburgh-accies-hosts-take-big-step-towards-safety/" target="_blank">The Offside Line</a>.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match</strong> was <strong>Neil Armstrong</strong>, who once again showed his mettle as a ball-carrying centre and worked well with Robbie Kent to make ground. Neil is kindly sponsored by <a href="https://newtonbarr.co.uk/" target="_blank">Newton-Barr Ltd</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Tries</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Robbie Kent - <a href="https://s1developments.com/" target="_blank"><em>S1 Developments</em></a><br /> Jamie Sole - <a href="https://dropkickmurphysedinburgh.business.site/" target="_blank"><em>Dropkick Murphy's</em></a><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Conversions</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Vincent Hart - <em>Graeme Hartop</em><br /> Richard Mill - <a href="http://www.g-s.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>Graham + Sibbald</em></a></p> <p><strong>Accies 2nd XV 39-32 Musselburgh 2nd XV</strong><br /> In a game of much attack and little defence on both sides, Accies managed to hold out against a feisty Musselburgh side to take the bonus-point win. We retain our position at the top of league but Currie's two games in hand mean our matches on 16 and 23 March, against Currie and Stew Mel respectively, leave us with all to play for in what promises to be a tight finish to the season.</p> <p><strong>Accies 3rd XV 73-13 Corstorphine Cougars</strong><br /> The Entertainers once again performed as they needed to, bringing home the bacon with another bonus-point win and lots of tries to enhance their points differential. This will be another tightly fought league contest, this time between us, Peebles and the newly combined Ferry Road Wanderers (aka the Smellie Nails). This is a huge achievement for us, given that last season saw us struggle to put out a 3rd XV most weeks, the result of which was our relegation. The contrast this season has been phenomenal - hats off to the team managers for their concerted efforts. We hope it continues to the end of the season (and beyond) and is justly rewarded.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p> <p>Image (c) John Williamson, Photosportsman. For more photos from Hawks v Accies, please <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/photosportsman?fbclid=IwAR3OEyLblcqP27Awce7eh1ns4PuKes0RIS2AX9q6mfWG3DFpoRusOLjj7TY" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 ZMatch Summary Prem15: Accies v Hawick<p><strong>Results, Saturday 12 January</strong><br /> 1st XV 37-7 Hawick<br /> 2nd XV 21-7 Biggar<br /> 3rd XV 71-0 Thebans</p> <p><strong>Accies 1st XV 37-7 Hawick</strong><br /> When we played Hawick earlier in the season, we suffered a narrow loss in a game we should have won. It was obvious from the off on Saturday that the boys were not going to let that happen again and that they had put the Boroughmuir game firmly behind them.</p> <p>There was a real sense of unity about the team and their determination was unquestionable. Hawick by no means rolled over for us and we had to muster all our defensive strength, not least when we received a yellow card in the first half. Hawick were camped on our line and looked certain to score, but we defended out of our socks and did not concede any points during the ten minutes.</p> <p>Our attack showed real spark too and we clocked up five tries, two awarded as penalties although the first of those was actually dotted down by Robbie Kent.</p> <p>For a full match report, please <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/edinburgh-accies-v-hawick-raeburn-place-men-snatch-life-line/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match</strong> was <strong>Robbie Kent</strong>, former vice-captain of Edinburgh University RFC. His "colossal" performance also earned him a place in <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/tennents-premiership-dream-team-round-15/" target="_blank">The Offside Line's Dream Team</a> this week. Robbie is kindly sponsored by <a href="https://s1developments.com/" target="_blank">S1 Developments</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Tries</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Cammy Gray - <em>Tony Cook</em><br /> Robbie Kent (awarded as a penalty try for a high tackle) - <em><a href="https://s1developments.com/" target="_blank">S1 Developments</a></em><br /> Harry Paterson - <em>Alasdair &amp; Angela Loudon</em><br /> Penalty try<br /> Ronan Seydak - <em><a href="https://www.dufrain.co.uk/" target="_blank">Dufrain Consulting</a></em></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Goal Kicks</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Vincent Hart, conversion &amp; 2 penalties - <em>Graeme Hartop</em></p> <p><strong>Accies 2nd XV 21-7 Biggar 2nd XV</strong><br /> Despite having a young side, with many colts playing, Biggar gave us a tighter game on Saturday than they had when they came to Raeburn Place. Our dominance in the scrum was a key factor in our win. We retain our top spot in the league, but Currie are now only four points adrift and still have two games in hand.</p> <p>Full match report available <a href="http://www.biggarrfc.org.uk/index.php/site/news/category/news" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Accies 3rd XV 71-0 Thebans</strong><br /> Despite starting the match with only 14 men (the 15th turned up a bit late), we once again showed our dominance over Thebans, helping us to build a large (648) points differential, which may prove crucial at the end of the season. We are currently top of the league but only by two points and Peebles have a game in hand.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 ZMatch Preview Prem16: Glasgow Hawks v Accies<p><strong>Saturday 19 January</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Glasgow Hawks, Balgray, 14:00</strong><br /> What a difference a week makes! From the depressing start to the year against Boroughmuir to our first win of the season, with a galvanised squad providing an entertaining and dedicated performance to secure the bonus-point victory. It was a deserved win and we will be hoping to restore the balance against Hawks on Saturday.</p> <p>When they came to Raeburn Place we lost the encounter by just two points, as a result of their dominance in the scrum, where they were aided immeasurably by two pro-draft flankers. We understand they have not been released this week and it will be interesting to see how our scrum stands up this week, on a more level playing field.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "Only one change to the team from last week: Josh Pecqueur comes into the back 3 in place of Tom Brown, who is not released in the draft this week.</p> <p>"This week throws up a completely different challenge for us but our focus will be about delivering consistency, with the aim of doubling up and going back to back. This will not be easy, given Finn&rsquo;s ability to squeeze a lot out of his limited playing resource, coupled with his nous. It means our approach cannot change to the one we took against Hawick: tons of ticker driven by an unwavering desire to work hard for each other."</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Glasgow Hawks</strong><br /> <img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Hawks_away_19Jan19.jpg" alt="" width="584" height="770" /></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Musselburgh 2nd XV, RP, 14:00</strong><br /> The 2s had a harder game than they may have anticipated against Biggar last week, mainly due to significant numbers of unavailable players due to injuries and other commitments. When we played Musselburgh away earlier in the season we won 46-22 in an exciting game. With every league point required if we are to have a chance of promotion, we hope we can secure a similar victory at home on Saturday.</p> <p>If you cannot make it through to Glasgow for the 1st XV fixture, please come along to Raeburn Place to support the 2s instead. The bar will be open from 14:00.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Corstorphine Cougars, Broughton HS, 14:00</strong><br /> We will play Corstorphine at Broughton High School now that the 2nd XV pitch is partly enclosed in the building site. Our encounter with them earlier in the season resulted in one of our cricket scores for the season, 72-0. There is a good chance they will be quite rusty, having not played a game since 10 November, due to postponements and the obligatory league 'week off'. On that occasion they beat Thebans 60-12, which indicates we should win, but a lot will depend on availability.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 ZMatch Summary Prem14: Boroughmuir v Accies<p><strong>Accies 1st XV 10-73 Boroughmuir</strong><br /> Saturday saw the 1st XV head to Lasswade's ground to play our rescheduled match against Boroughmuir. As a start to 2019, it did not go well, with us on the wrong end of a bruising encounter against a well-drilled Boroughmuir team with some very pacy backs. Please <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/boroughmuir-v-edinburgh-accies-bottom-club-slayed-in-lasswade/" target="_blank">click here </a>for a full match report in The Offside Line.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match</strong> was youngster Harry Paterson, whose gutsy performance was the one highlight of the day and who earned him a place in The Offside Line's Dream Team. It as a great break by Harry that led to our one try of the game.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Try</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Jamie Sole - <em>sponsored by Dropkick Murphy's</em><br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Goals</span>:</strong><br /> Richard Mill, penalty &amp; conversion -<em> sponsored by Graham + Sibbald</em></p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!<br /></strong></p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 ZMatch Preview Prem15: Accies v Hawick<p><strong>Saturday 12 January 2019</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Hawick, RP, 14:00</strong><br /> We lost our away match to Hawick by just four points and earned a try bonus in the process, with Hawick just edging us out by capitalising on a few mistakes at crucial points in the game. On the whole, it was a game we could have won and we hope to see the squad bring the same determination to Saturday's encounter.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "Changes a-plenty this week, after what was a one-sided physical encounter against Boroughmuir last week. We have another new centre partnership, with Robbie Kent moving in from the wing to support Neil Armstrong, in his first start since being injured on a tour with the Waterboys. Vincent Hart replaces Mill at 10 and Tom Brown is released this week to take his place on the left wing. Rory Simpson earns a start at hooker and is joined by Ronan Seydak, who returns from Australia.</p> <p>"I am not concerned with trying to be better than Hawick come the weekend &ndash; ability counts for nothing against Bruce McNeil and his ever-improving team. Heads down, sleeves rolled up and hands dirty is the only way we can approach the game; focussing on anything else is simply redundant."</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Hawick</strong><br /> <img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Hawick_home_12Jan19.jpg" alt="" width="501" height="660" /></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Biggar, Hartree Mill, 14:00</strong><br /> Mid-table Biggar will no doubt be wanting to get a better result at home than the 3-48 loss they suffered when they came to Raeburn Place and will consequently be a much tougher proposition for us. Although we are at the top of the league, we are only five points ahead of Currie, who now have two games in hand, so every match is crucial for us.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Thebans, Roseburn, 14:00</strong><br /> We knocked up a cricket score of 108-0 against Thebans when we played them at home earlier in the season. They have only won one game, against Lismore-Portobello, and are languishing at the bottom of the league. Although we never take anything for granted, we would hope to record another large win in order to bolster our points difference in case the league ends up being decided on the differential.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 ZMatch Preview Prem14: Boroughmuir v Accies<p><strong><strong>Saturday 5 January 2019 </strong></strong>- rescheduled fixture from 15 December 2018<br /> <strong>1st XV v Boroughmuir, Hawthornden, 15:00</strong></p> <p>Our rescheduled fixture against Boroughmuir takes place this Saturday, 5 January, ko 15:00. NB the game will be played at Hawthornden, home of Lasswade RFC, as Meggetland is not available.</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Boroughmuir</strong><br /> <strong><img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Bmuir_away_rescheduled_05Jan19.jpg" alt="" width="479" height="633" /></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 ZBoxing Day 2018: Accies v The Crusaders<p>To quote Slade, "so here it is, merry Christmas" but once the Christmas Day festivities are over, Accies still have the Boxing Day 1857 Cup Match to look forward to.</p> <p>The clubhouse and bar will open at 13:00 on Wednesday 26 December, with an Accies Select taking on The Crusaders at 14:00. Make it part of your family's seasonal celebrations and join us at Raeburn Place for some festive cheer.</p> <p>The Accies Select, captained by James Munro, will be made up of an exciting mix of exiles, vets and senior squad players, including Matt Coupar, Fraser Gillies and head coach, Derek O'Riordan. Watch out for the full squad list appearing on social media over the next few days...</p> <p><strong>Raffle Prizes</strong><br />As part of our Boxing Day activities we would like to hold a fundraising raffle. In keeping with the Christmas spirit, if you are able, please bring along a wrapped gift that we can include as a raffle prize. Thank you in advance for your support.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/Images/news/Crusaders_02.jpg" alt="" width="486" height="206" /></p>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 ZNew date & venue for Accies v Boroughmuir<p>Saturday's cancelled 1st XV fixture away to Boroughmuir has now been rescheduled. The game will take place at <strong>Lasswade RFC</strong> on <strong>Saturday 5 January</strong>, kick off 15:00.</p> <p>We hope you can make it along to support the team.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:00:00 Z1st XV v Boroughmuir - CANCELLED<p>Unfortunately today's scheduled 1st XV game against Boroughmuir at Meggetland has just (at 14:00) been called off by Boroughmuir.</p> <p>Apologies for any inconvenience caused by the late notice but this was out of our control.</p>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:00:00 ZMatch Preview Prem14: Boroughmuir v Accies<p><strong>Saturday 15 December</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Boroughmuir, Meggetland, 15:00</strong><br /> Our home match against Boroughmuir was very tight, with us losing 13-15 in the dying moments of the game. It was a match we could have won so we wil be looking to even up the score tomorrow.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "It is an unfamiliar, albeit welcome, feeling having four pros available this week. Rory Sutherland and Murray McCallum make up a robust front row partnership with Callum Black. Mungo Mason is added to a very well balanced backrow, with Lawrie Seydak returning from injury to provide some impact and physicality off the bench.</p> <p>"Tom Brown returns to the back three, although this time in support of the impressive 17-year-old Harry Paterson, who takes his place at fullback.</p> <p>"It is important to recognise that players who would regularly start in the 2nd XV will move to the bench in place of the 1st XV players making room for pros. It is a mark of who we are that this process is well received by our players, who see it as an opportunity to learn from professional players in our environment.</p> <p>"Embarrassingly, despite being in the business end of the season, we are still no closer to any clarity on what exactly it is that we are playing for. However, we need to rock up and show our teeth at the weekend, like a team fighting for its existence and survival in the Premiership."</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Boroughmuir</strong><br /> <img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Boroughmuir_away_15Dec18.jpg" alt="" width="462" height="607" /></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Dundee, RP, 14:00</strong><br /> We hope to welcome Dundee to Raeburn Place tomorrow, although they are struggling to raise a team at the moment. Please watch social media for updates. Player numbers are still an issue for many clubs, which is a serious problem for the game in Scotland as a whiole and we sincerely hope Dundee will be able to play.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Ross High, Broughton High School, 14:00</strong><br /> Ross High are another club struggling for numbers and our away fixture against them was cancelled as they could not raise a team. However, they have confirmed for tomorrow, which is good news for al the guys involved.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 ZRemembering Richard 'Bumpy' Porter<p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/Images/news/Bumpys_plaque.JPG" alt="" width="480" height="165" /></p> <p>Following the game last Saturday, 8 December, many of our Has-beens congregated at Richard 'Bumpy' Porter's bench in Inverleith Park to drink a toast in his memory.</p> <p>It was seven years ago this month that we heard the tragic news of Bumpy's death at the young age of 45. He was a talented all-round sportsman but it was at rugby he excelled and he joined Accies to test himself at a higher level.</p> <p>He quickly settled in to the 1990s 1st XV, which was brimming with current and future Scottish internationals, District and Scotland Age Group players, and he did not look out of place, bringing a new dimension to our back line - genuine pace! Bumpy rapidly made a name for himself and went on to represent Glasgow District.</p> <p>He is fondly remembered by our Has-beens, not only for being a great guy, but for the many fine tries he scored against the top players in Scotland and also for his 'dodgy hamstrings'.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/Images/news/Has-beens_toast_Bumpy.jpg" alt="" width="496" height="254" /></p>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 ZMatch Summary Prem13: Accies v Melrose<p><strong>Results, Saturday 8 December 2018</strong><br /> 1st XV 17-48 Melrose<br /> 2nd XV 32-0 Cartha Queen's Park<br /> 3rd XV 81-5 Penicuik</p> <p><strong>Accies 1st XV 17-48 Melrose</strong><br /> This was another game where our opponent's try tally did not reflect the workrate and determination of our team. Unfortunately, Melrose are a well-drilled outfit and it was clear to see why they are contenders for the Premiership title this season. However, we scored three tries against them, including, for once, a penalty try awarded to us instead of the other way round, and our team once again played their hearts out for each other and the Club.</p> <p>A full match report from The Offside Line is <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/edinburgh-accies-v-melrose-champions-canter-to-convincing-win/" target="_blank">available here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match</strong> was Michael Badenhorst. Michael scored two of our three tries, including one from a great cut-up of the Melrose defence in the final moments of the game. He is kindly sponsored by <a href="http://www.thistlycrosscider.co.uk/?age-verified=c43ccb632e" target="_blank">Thistly Cross Cider</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Tries</strong></span><strong>:</strong>Michae Badenhorst (2) - <em>sponsored by Thistly Cross</em> Cider<br /> Penalty try</p> <p><strong>2nd XV 32-0 Cartha Queen's Park</strong><br /> Despite the scoreline, this was a tough match, with a five-point result ground out in the mud to retain our second place in the league.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV 81-5 Penicuik</strong><br /> The 3s were down to 15 men by the start of the game but still managed to romp home against a game Penicuik side. We are second in the league, behind Peebles who are the only side we have lost to this season. If we can win the return fixture against them later in the spring, our points difference could see us win the league so big wins like this are important.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 ZMatch Preview Prem13: Accies v Melrose<p><strong>Saturday 8 December</strong><br /><strong> 1xt XV v Melrose, RP, 14:00</strong><br /> Our game against Melrose tomorrow is preceded by our annual Has-been's lunch, so no doubt the vocal support will add to the team's determination to make things difficult for second-placed Melrose.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "It is nice to get back to the comfort of RP for our last home game of 2018. Melrose, under Rob et al, are a well-drilled outfit who play a very balanced and structured game across their kick, run and set piece attack. We will need to be well disciplined, both as individuals and in system in defence, if we are to ensure we get a decent foothold in the game. We will continue with our attacking mindset on our side of the ball. I look forward to what an attack led by Jamie Loomes can and will look like on Saturday, in front of what will be a decent, if not rowdy, crowd for the annual old boys&rsquo; lunch.</p> <p>"A new look front row takes to the field at the weekend, with Rory Simpson coming in to start with Duncan Morrison, accompanied by the debutant, Murray McCallum. With Richard Mill injured and Paddy Flood unavailable, Vinny Hart moves to fullback with Jamie Loomes stepping in at 10. Bobby Wilson returns from injury at 12, with Will Stephen, who impressed against Heriot&rsquo;s, therefore moving to the bench."</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Melrose</strong><br /> <img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Melrose_home_08Dec18_-_LAST_UPDATE.jpg" alt="" width="473" height="621" /></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Cartha QP, away, 14:00</strong><br /> Following a hard-fought win against Selkirk last week, the 2s are on the road again tomorrow, heading west to take on Cartha Queen's Park, assuming their pitch is not waterlogged. Any changes to this fixture will be announced on social media.</p> <p>When we&nbsp; met them at home we won 65-12, but that score does not reflect Cartha's persistence and are not expecting anything other than a tough encounter.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Penicuik, Inverleith Park, 14:00</strong><br /> With the second pitch out of action, the 3s will play their home game against Penicuik in Inverleith Park tomorrow. Having lost to Peebles last week - their only loss of the season so far - the 3rd XV wil be looking for a return to winning ways tomorrow.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 ZMatch Summary Prem12: Heriot's v Accies<p><strong>Results, Saturday 1 December 2018</strong><br /> 1st XV 5-31 Heriot's<br /> 2nd XV 23-12 Selkirk<br /> 3rd XV 22-36 Peebles</p> <p><strong>Accies 1st XV 5-31 Heriot's</strong><br /> We knew Heriot's would throw everything they had at us after we ran them close in the Cup and two early tries in quick succession raised fears of a repeat of the trouncing we let them inflict on us at Raeburn Place earlier in the season. However, we regrouped and presented a far stronger defence for the rest of the game. Our attacking play was not lacking either, but despite pressing Heriot's on numerous occasions, we only managed to cross the gain line once, when Cammy Gray intercepted a Heriot's pass and sprinted 95m to dot down.</p> <p>Despite another loss, this was a good performance by the whole squad, with the team clearly giving their all for each other. If we can keep bringing this level of determination to our performances, a win will eventually come.</p> <p>A full match report can be found <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/heriots-v-edinburgh-accies/" target="_blank">here on The Offside Line</a>.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match</strong> was Club Captain, Jamie Sole, who led by example as usual and made some great attacking runs. Jamie is kindly sponsored by <a href="https://dropkickmurphysedinburgh.business.site/" target="_blank">Dropkick Murphy's</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Tries</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Cammy Gray - <em>sponsored by Tony Cook</em></p> <p><strong>2nd XV 23-12 Selkirk</strong><br /> With so many injuries across our full playing squad, there were inevitable conseuences for both the 2s and 3s last week. The 2nd XV went to Selkirk with just 16 players but toughed it out to continue their winning streak, although not managing a try bonus for only the second time this season. It was a performance that showed grit and perserverance.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV 22-36 Peebles</strong><br /> The 3s faced a tough away game to Peebles, the only other team in the league not to have lost a game this season. With a weakened side due to injuries and unavailability, it is a testament to our team managers and our 'social' players that we were able not only to fulfil this fixture, but to give Peebles a run for their money. Although we lost out in the end, with no fresh legs to bring on, the return fixture in the spring should be a different matter.</p> <p>Onwards &amp; upwards!</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 ZMatch Preview Prem12: Heriot's v Accies<p><strong>Saturday 1 December</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Heriot's, Goldenacre, 14:00</strong><br /> We are back to Goldenacre for the second week in a row, this time for our second league match against Heriot's. We gave them a scare in the Cup last week, but should not expect them to underestimate us again.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "Another week and another reshuffle, with the carrousel of injuries and unavailability we are dealing with on a weekly basis. Concussions sustained to both 10 and 12 last week mean a different makeup to our inside backs, with Max Love, Vincent Hart and Will Stephen coming in, all of whom will all give us control over our kicking game. In the backrow Jack Mann, who is ruled out with a dead leg, is replaced by the returning Lawrie Seydak, who has now recovered from a niggle picked up on international duty with Poland.</p> <p>"I think we were underestimated by Phil and Heriots&rsquo; last week and that was reflected in their selection and poor start, when they appeared almost surprised that we came to play rugby. I do not think we will be in for the same soft start this week and we need to adapt the way we play in anticipation of that. Heriot&rsquo;s power game is there for all to see and we cannot allow ourselves to be sucked into that battle of attrition."</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Heriots_away_01Dec18.jpg" alt="" width="506" height="668" /></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Selkirk, away, 14:00</strong><br /> The 2nd XV head down to the Borders for their away fixture against Selkirk A. We won the home game 60-3 and on paper this should be another win for us, but it is never easy to travel to the Borders and our raft of injuries will have changed the look of the 2nd XV sqaud from the start of the season.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Peebles, away, 14:00</strong><br /> After a month of no rugby, the 3rd XV will be pleased to get some game time this week. They also travel to the Borders, to take on Peebles who are joint top of the league with us, although our points difference is better by around 100.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 ZMatch Summary Cup R1: Heriot's v Accies<p><strong>Scottish Cup R1, Saturday 24 November</strong><br /> <strong>Heriot's 29-20 Accies</strong></p> <p>We had a strong start against Heriot's on Saturday, pinning the home team in their half and securing the opening points of the match with a Richard Mill penalty and a Callum Black try, following a 30m break by Black and a link-up with Badenhorst. Heriot's then came back with two tries of their own, one a pushover, before a great break by Jack Mann put Cammy Gray over out wide put us one point ahead. Hart then made a good break, which was followed by several scrums on Heriot's line before Robert Wilson broke away to score under the posts. Mill's conversion saw us going into the break 20-12 up.</p> <p>Unfortuantely, Heriot's were obviously not happy about the deficit and pulled on some of their big guns for the second half. Their extra weight, combined with the increasingly filthy weather conditions and several injuries, proved too much for us. Despite an admirable show of determination from all our players, Heriot's scored the only points in the half, notching up three tries, including two more pushovers.</p> <p>The game ended 29-20 to Heriot's, which was probably a lot closer than they had been anticipated and at least we gave them a scare in the first half and pushed them hard throughout the match.</p> <p>We are back at Goldenacre again this coming Saturday for our second league fixture against them, kick-off at 14:00.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match </strong>was Jack Mann, who must surely be a contender for Scotland U20 this season. Unfortunately, he sustained a dead leg during the game, so will not be able to show his mettle against Heriot's this week. Jack is kindly sponsored by <a href="https://www.supernature.uk.com/" target="_blank">Supernature Oils</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Tries</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Callum Black - <em>sponsored by <a href="http://www.harvestmoonholidays.com/" target="_blank">Harvest Moon Holidays</a></em><br /> Cammy Gray - <em>sponsored by Tony Cook</em><br /> Robert Wilson</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Goal kicks</strong></span><strong>:</strong><br /> Richard Mill, penalty &amp; conversion - sponsored by <a href="http://www.g-s.co.uk/" target="_blank">Graham + Sibbald</a></p> <p><strong>Onwards and upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 ZMatch Preview Cup R1: Heriot's v Accies<p><strong>Saturday 24 November, Scottish Cup R1</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Heriot's, Goldenacre, 12:30</strong><br /> A break from the league this weekend for the opening round of the Scottish Cup, which, just like last season, sees us take on our nearest rivals, Heriot's. This time, however, we are away at Goldenacre and Heriot's will be determined to avoid a repeat of their early exit from the competition at our hands last year. Based on the result of our league match against them, they may think their progression is secured, but we will go in fighting hard and determined to make a better showing than we did in September.</p> <p><strong>NB 12:30 kick-off</strong> due to the Scotland v Argentina match at 14:30.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "Cup rugby gives us a chance to experiment more with selection in advance of a pretty tough block of league games before Christmas. Duncan Morrison starts at loosehead, with Michael Badenhorst slotting back to 6. Jack Mann moves across to No 8 in place of Ruari Campbell, who takes his place on the bench. Mark Sinclair earns a start at 9, replacing the injured Max Love, and Vincent Hart slots in to replace the unavailable Harry Paterson, who impressed as a 17-year-old on his debut last week.</p> <p>"We are now much more comfortable with where we are as a squad and that is reflected in the style of rugby we are playing at the moment. Although it is not winning us games yet, it is creating opportunities for our young players to develop and showcase their attacking skill set against some unforgiving defences. We hope to see more of the same on Saturday against Heriot&rsquo;s at Goldenacre, in what I believe will be less of a one-sided affair than before."</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Heriot's, Scottish Cup R1</strong><br /> <img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Heriots_CupR1_away_24Nov18.jpg" alt="" width="461" height="621" /></p> <p><strong>There are no fixtures for the 2s or 3s this week.</strong></p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 ZThe Long Lunch 2018<div>Another incredibly enjoyable and successful Long Lunch was held in conjunction with the Bill McLaren Foundation at Prestonfield House last Friday, 16 November. Those lucky enough to get a seat at this sold-out event were treated to delicious food and great entertainment from singer, Cole Page, and Springbok legends, John Smit and Bobby Skinstad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thank you to the many supporters of this important fundraising event for the Club, including all the event sponsors, the table hosts, everyone helping on the day, all the guests and last, but by no means least, Jason Parrott, who makes this event such a success every year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="/Images/news/Long_lunch_01.jpg" alt="" width="208" height="258" /></div> <div><em>Club President, Frank Spratt<br /></em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="/Images/news/Long_lunch_02_-_Hogg.jpg" alt="" width="164" height="258" /></div> <div><em>Guest appearance by Stuart Hogg</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><img src="/Images/news/Long_Lunch_03_-_John_Smit.jpg" alt="" width="383" height="229" /></em></div> <div><em>John Smit - a man of many talents - sharing a tune with Cole Page<br /></em></div>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 Z