Déjà vu for Waid on opening day of the new season! By Kevin Anderson
Waid started there league campaign on Saturday against a very strong and determined Stobswell side from Dundee.
It’s exactly a year since these two teams opened the new season last year with the away team coming out on top.
After a good summer training waid were eager to get there season going but with only the 1st game of the new season there were already a number of key call off and Captain Kevin Anderson had to make a few changes to the starting line up.
With a big crowd up watching Waid were eager to impress! With Waid winning the toss they decided to use the wind to their advantage and from receiving the kick off it was a great catch from Garry McLaggan and decided to take it to the visiting team, with great work from the forwards going through the phases the ball was passed out through the backs and with some great handling they made good ground into the visiting teams half but when the ball was turned over the first chance the visiting team got the made it count when the shipped the ball through their hands to their powerful centre who broke two tackles to score but with the strong wind the extras were missed.
Waid regrouped and from the restart the ever present Adam Shaw showed why he was voted players player of the last term when he latched on the restart the visiting pack were struggling to stop him, he made great ground and with the support of Graham Gourlay and Garry McLaggan waid were once again going through there phases, using the forwards Waid gained good ground and with the influential Craig Stevenson controlling the Waid pack the forwards had got within 10 meters of the visiting line with back shouted for the ball and with a great worked move from man of the math Kieran Doak, Waids flying centre Allan Drysdale touched down under the posts, once again the extras weren’t added.
Halfway through the 1st half and the game was fairly even but with very bad discipline and constant chat back to the referee the home pack were getting numerous penalty’s awarded against them and with the visiting pack kicking for touch, they made great ground deep within the Waids twenty two, they had a line out but once again Adam Shaw was on his game and stole the line out against the head, the ball was passed to Steven Dickson for a long boot clear of danger but with a chasing Waid pack they put pressure on the Stobswell defence and they forced a turnover, securing the ball the home side once again were showing the dominance up front, with great powerful running from Waid’s veteran prop Craig Stevenson he burst through two tackles and from a great off load to young Allan Drysdale who romped home for his second try, the extras were added and with halftime Waid were leading 10-5.
With the 2nd half and the wind picking up it was going to be a hard battle for Waid and from the restart the visiting team were the 1st to score with a great worked move straight from the training ground the Stobswell number 12 showed his dominance once again broke through two Waid players to touch down under the posts and this time the points were added.
Stobswell leading 10-12 and starting to play some good rugby were taking it to the home pack and with great work from the visiting pack they were making good ground but when Waid’s number 10 went into the side of the ruck, the away side were awarded another penalty a little out of the Waid’s twenty two but with further chat back, the referee moved it forward taking it within kicking distance and Stobswells number 10 made no mistake with the kick taking the score to 10-15 to the visiting side.
With ten minutes into the second half Waid were getting frustrated by the amount of errors they were making and allowing the visiting team to play very open rugby and use their fast powerful backs, playing most of this period in the Waid half the Stobswell pack were dominating the play. When Waid’s Allan Drysdale was caught offside at a ruck, the referee awarded yet again another penalty and this time deciding to show a yellow card for disputing it. Waid were down to 14 men, with Waid’s key centre off for 10 minutes the away side took this to their advantage when a quick tap the ball was shipped out through their backs and with great hands the visiting side got there 4th try of the game and with the extras added it took the score to 10-22.
From the restart the Waid pack weren’t put down by the score and with great leadership from Anderson the Waid forwards dominated play and from great rucking they gained great ground but when Stobswell number 10 came in from the side the home side were awarded a penalty, with quick thinking from Anderson and Stevenson they took the quick tap and went through a gap in the Stobswell defence and a great off load by Stevenson to Waids powerful centre Kato Blockley coming in at pace he ran over for his 1st try of the season, the extras weren’t added.
with Allan Drysdale back on the Waid pack were back to full strength but with only ten minutes remaining and seven points behind, from the restart Waid’s blindside flanker Garry McLaggan made a sprint for the ball but with a great catch from his opposite number he made a great tackle and showing great strength he turned him over and once again the Waid forwards were in fine form with great clearing out by Duncan Fraser, the ball was shipped out by rookie scrum half George Hodge to Waid’s number 10 Kieran Doak and when Waid’s other rookie winger Euan Corstorphine came in at pace off his wing he made a dash for the line scoring his 1st try for the home side, again the extras weren’t added.
With the score now 20-22 and only minutes remaining the home side were pushing for a late try but when Waid were caught out by an overlap by the Stobswell attack the visiting side took the advantage and scored in the corner for their fifth try and with the extras not added the final score was Waid FP 20 Stobswell 29.
After the game Anderson had these words to say, I’m very disappointed in our discipline today, we gave away for too many penalties and we didn’t play well as a team, it really was Déjà vu from last year! We have been working hard all pre-season and felt we deserved more than we got today, we had a few call offs today but welcomed a few younger guys into our squad today and they done very well and proves Waid have a good bright future in these young men.
We travel to Crieff on Saturday which I’m sure will be a very had game after they ran riot against Montrose on Saturday.
We would like to thank our match sponsor Michael Adamson of Adamson joinery for his contribution and also to Phillis of Pathead Nurserys for her donation of oranges for halftime.
Also anybody interested coming down to try out for the Waid FP rugby is more than welcome and our training is on Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm-8pm.
We have a mini section run by Xander Anderson and also a buccaneers team which is our over 35s team, so if you think you would like to come down and play for either then contact Kevin Anderson on 07729568298