Stobswell put a turbulent couple of weeks behind them to emerge victorious from their local derby against Harris FP’s 2nd XV on Saturday. This victory was a tremendous show of character from the Stobswell players against an organised and well drilled Harris side.
Tries from Adam Granger, Scott Smart and a double from debutant Callum Forteath were enough to secure victory for the home side on a cold afternoon at Downfield Park.
Stobswell started the match playing down the hill and started to dominate the early proceedings playing the majority of the match in the Harris twenty two. The home scrum was dominant and the visitors were struggling to contain the power of Stobswell’s front eight.
The first try eventually came after a well worked backs move allowed Adam Granger to sprint clear on the right wing before touching down. Mark Gibson added the extras from way out wide.
The match began to slowly even out after the score as Harris came more and more back into the match, looking particularly dangerous through the running of their full back and scrum half. It was, however, still the home side who looked the more dangerous in the final third, although no more scores were to come before half time.
The second half of the match was almost a carbon copy of the first – the team playing downhill were on top. Whatever was said to the Harris players at half time seemed to have the desired effect as there was a fresh belief amongst the team.
The home defence, though, was dogged and resilient and were refusing to allow Harris through whilst still looking dangerous on the counter attack.
And it was a lightening counter attack that produced the second score. Ian McKeen turned the ball over on his own twenty two allowing Scott Smart to make a mini break before he fed Callum Forteath on the wing who raced clear to score under the posts. Mark Gibson again added the east extras.
The game was still being paid in the Stobswell half but the third try was not long in coming. Stobswell cleared their lines deep into the Harris half and moved up well as a defensive line. This caused Harris to spill the ball forward with the loose ball being recovered by Callum Forteath and he raced clear for his second try of the afternoon.
The fourth and final try saw Stobswell go from the ridiculous to sublime in a matter of minutes. The home side turned the ball over a few metres from their own line but then decided to play there way out of trouble. Scott Smart was stripped of the ball five metres out but a superb scramble defence stopped the try being scored with the ball being held up over the line. From the resulting scrum, Stobswell pushed Harris back to the twenty two before winning the ball and launching a quite brilliant move.
Harley Ross won the ball before popping to Scott Smart who went through a gap. He drew the defender before popping outside to winger Paul Phillips who then proceeded to throw the Harris full back a dummy of all dummies before returning the favour to Scott Smart who ran in from thirty five metres to score the final try of the game. Mark Gibson added the extras with the last kick of the game.
Final Score: Stobswell 28-0 Harris 2nd XV
This was a thoroughly entertaining game of rugby played by two attacking teams looking to move the ball wide at any given opportunity and the large crowd were not disappointed with what was served up. Harris may feel slightly disappointed not to register a score but the brilliant defence and superb counter attacking rugby meant that this was a thoroughly deserved win for the home side.