3rd XV/Pirates - Report
|Murr Wands 3rds||32||vs||19||Trinity Accies|
Third victory in a row - this time against Trinity Accies
Another good day in the capital, clear skies, sunny, no wind but bloody cold if you were a supporter! That said, it was a good day for rugby.
The game was started by Trinity; the ball sailed right to Mark Dow who skilfully missed the catch.....but said afterwards in the bar that it was a tactical ploy to put of the opposition by passing of his chest (straight to Dougie Liddle, who attacked right away). Yeh right!
The game was a bit untidy for the first 5mins. Both teams tried to get into the game but MWFC were the first to open the scoring via a penalty from D Liddle. This followed some good forward work, in particular by Tyler who made the final charge with his team mates giving him support. That stung Trinity into a good period of play as they took the game to MWFC for the next 20mins. In that time they scored 2 tries one of which was good if you were neutral or a Trinity man, as it was good work from their forwards and backs combined that resulted in their second try. As in previous weeks, the cause was poor defence (tackling). Even though it has improved over the last few weeks it still needs more commitment from MWFC. Being positive about it though, MWFC did man up as Trinity could have got away from us but we didn’t fold and slugged it out to only leak the 2 tries!
For the last 10 mins of the half the game swung back and forth. More good work from the forwards showed up with M Dow making a charge up the middle, and setting up good ruck ball which the forwards won. The ball then went to DLiddle who stepped the defence and passed to Tyler to score.
Unfortunately Trinity came right back to us and as MWFC collectively went to sleep. This allowed Trinity to practically waltz over untouched to score their 3rd try of the match. You could hear the snores from the touch line!!!
Half time 15-19.
In the second half, the game turned in favour of MWFC. It was just like the good old days. MWFC forwards got into what I will call rumble mode. They took the ball and rumbled forward eating up the yardage towards the Trinity line. For 10mins they ate up and then spat out the Trinity forwards who, I have to give them due respect, kept coming back for more. Well done to them for not backing down.
But it was like days of old: good hard forwards doing their stuff. The end result was a try for Dave Gill out on the right wing. Good to see the old man back (revenge is sweet DG!).
Thereafter, it turned into a backs match with Ali Crawley scoring a very dubious try. Let's be honest here, the supporters on the touch line didn’t think Ali grounded the ball but the ref gave it and Ali said he did ground it. Hmmm!!!! It makes a change to get the rub of the green.
Leif van Shyhawk, making an appearance first at centre then on the left wing, made a couple of great runs, showing his versatility from being a forward one week to playing in 2 positions in the backs the next! Leif finished of the game by scoring the last try of the match making the final score 32-19.
Thanks have to go to Ieuan Webb, James Sinclair & Lewis Archer for being the 3 MWFC players who played for Trinity. The Captain of the day (Jimmy Whitehouse) said it at the end of the match if it wasn’t for these 3 guys it wouldn’t have been a match. Well done gents.
We needed a hard match, and it proved to ourselves that we can play tough games and come out smiling. Well done to all.
Welcome back to Nick Barron, who along with Chris Dove added to the list of 3rds players with 1st xv experience. (Or should it be 1st xv players with 3rd xv experience?!).
Man of the Match was awarded to Iain Robertson who showed great line out work and superb support play. DoD went to Craig Hepburn for his attempted final kick of the game which he sliced and sent it backwards over his head! Very skilful attribute, but I can’t think when it will ever be used again in a match.
3rd win in a row. Let’s keep getting better. Next week Edinburgh Northern away.
(Report from Davey Dewar, whose initials spookily match with DoD!).