Murrayfield Wanderers Football Club

Murrayfield Wanderers Football Club

Derby match v RHC Cougars.

by arnie yule

What a day Saturday was!! Great wins for all teams. Report from Davey Dewar.

It was a day for tries and, for some reason, the inside pass - better known as the Toony flip. There were at least 3 inside passes that made tries; it was great to watch.

Lots of thanks to RHC for turning up with only 11 players. We had spare again; so were able to help them out. Speaking to their manager “Malcolm” before the match he said they had 36 unavailable players. If all were available then the game would have been tighter I think, but we still would have won!!

The game got off to a good start, with Mark Dow displaying lots of skill with the first inside pass of the day right after a brill hand-off which had the tackler off his feet. Jordan Usher scored the first of many tries for MWFC with a great wing run from half way. Just proves you can’t beat speed if the winger believes in himself and goes for the outside. Dougie Liddle converted. Johnny Laing, who won the Man of the Match, made the first of many big tackles in mid-field (yes: many!!). JL was a man possessed, all over the pitch supporting, running with ball and tackling.

Tyler got the second try after hard work by the forwards and in his usual trade-mark, crashed over from 8 yrds. Martin Kershaw starred for the 3rds and then also the 2nds, and as usual made some hard yards, one such from our 22 to the half way line, off loading and then great hands with 3 quick passes sent the ball to the wing again for Jordon Usher to run in for his second try, our third.

Have to mention Michael Young, Craig Robertson and Iain Robertson who starred for RHC; they did a good job for them and even Micky had a side step which confused our defence as it's not some thing he does normally!! (He’s a straight-through-the-door sort of man; open or closed doesn’t matter). M Young and Muffin double tagged Tyler, which was great to see but he got up and got on with the game. This must have encouraged Mark Dow because he even tried a wee skip in midfield to break a tackle but the tackler held on.

The next part of the match turned into a one-man show with Dougie Liddle scoring FOUR tries, interspaced with tries from Jimmy J and J Laing. Dougie made some excellent breaks and one such from his 22 to run the length and score under the posts. After this, he stepped back and let Jimmy J and again J Laing to score a try each. John’s second try must be mentioned because it started in our own half when JL himself made a great break up the left side of the field passed out to Yogi who charged up the wing, handed off the defender and Toony flipped the ball back inside for JL to score his 2nd try of the game. Magic! Tyler got the final score of the day again from another Toony flip from Yogi (don’t make a habit of this lads!).

A big charge from Iain Robertson, who went up the middle for 10 yards dragging 3 players before he was pulled down, was good to witness as it was near the end of the game and he must have had tired legs.

The only blip on the day was when our defence drifted and a door (the size of a hanger) opened to allow RHC to score a well-worked try. Also I heard that the MWFC players who swapped out to allow their team mates to play for their own club were instrumental in RHC’s second try (why were they not nominated for the DoD prize?).

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The final score was 72-12.

Thanks again to all the players who wore the jersey for RHC and again thanks to RHC for turning up and giving us a game; it is appreciated.

Also well done to Kenny Watson & Mark Howie who also later turned out for the 2nds.

Some good rugby but we need to keep up the hard work on the training field.

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