After Edinburgh Leisure’s decision to call off the pitch at Wardie, Peffermill Playing Fields continued it’s claim to be our second home for the season.
After the early morning snow in the Capital, the University ground staff decided that the grass pitches were become unfit to play on and offered the teams the 3G All-weather rugby pitch to get the party started….
Both teams were playing their first game since mid-November and with the temperature reaching a less than tropical 1 degree at kick-off, it was not a game to be stuck in the backs!
With players unavailable through illness, injury and work, Coach Marius put together a makeshift squad with several players out of their comfort zone in a variety of positions, including 2nd rowers on the wing!
Dundee Uni started the game with some intent and were unlucky in the early stages however they were pinged for holding on a metre or so from the Broughton line.
It was a short stint on the field for Kingy who wasn’t feeling too clever pre-match and she left the field in some distress after 5 minutes. A hot shower and some Mad Dog TLC and she was back out, all wrapped up, to cheer her chums on for the 2nd half.
There were lots of cold fingers exposed to the elements and perhaps it was no surprise at the level of scrums on offer for the forwards to generate some heat!
Both Captains were offered to ‘have a word with their teams’ by the Ref due to ‘repeated infringements’ and moments later Badger took one for the team after being penalised for handling in the ruck inside the Uni ‘red zone’. Harsh some might say….
It didn’t take long for the numbers to be evened up after the Ref rightly sent the Dundee No.4 to the sidelines for an enforced 10 minute break after she pulled the rookie winger Jen’s pony tail as she made a dash up the line.
With 5 minutes on the clock before half time, Steph showed her strength to drive towards to try line and when the ball was recycled, Becz bulldozed through a wall of defenders to score her first try of the season. 5-0.
It didn’t take long before the Students got back on level terms as some poor tackling from the home side saw the No.12 waltz through the backs to go in for a try in the corner. 5-5.
All square at the break and neither side were too keen to take long to turn round to get started again – more in hope to get it all over and done with than to resume another 40 minutes on a less than welcoming surface….
After checking for complete sets of fingers and ensuring there were no signs of hypothermia, the second half started off at a frantic pace.
Becz required some attention after a piece of the black stuff (no, not Guinness for a change!) from the pitch lodged in her eye! Thankfully Marius was there to save the day….
It also wasn’t to be Badger’s day as she was forced to spend further time idle on the sidelines due to her dodgy ticker playing up. Still, you can’t keep a good Badger down and she was back on the pitch after a short recovery period.
Billie was unlucky to be held up over the line as the Wardie women tried to regain the lead as the slippy surface started to take its toll and a few skint knees started to show!
It took a dazzling run and a tremendous show of strength from Nuala who evaded three tackles and finished up over the line with four Dundee players hanging off her to secure what proved to be the winning try. She dusted herself down (well, patted away that horrible black rubber stuff) and slotted the extras from bang infront with some ease. 12-5.
Poor Ivana was brought to her knees by a try saving tackle by the Dundee No.6. If anyone finds her skin on the pitch during the week, feel free to contact the Club to allow us to reunite it with it’s owner….
Also suffering in the wars worthy of a mention were Steph who landed on the ball whilst bumping her head on the unsympathetic surface and of course to Jen who slummed it out on the wing, only to get herself a nasty knock to the eye which required a trip to the Western (General, not Bar!) for a quick glue job.
With seconds left on the clock, Dundee had one last chance to set up an attack from deep inside their own half. However, the Uni Hooker’s throw was squint and with that, their chance to secure more than a loss bonus point for their trouble disappeared like snow off a dyke!
A great start to 2013 and with two weeks to recovery from the grazes, stitches and war wounds aplenty, here’s to a roadtrip to Stirling Uni!