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Deeside Rugby 1st XV - Match centre

Deeside RFC
Peterhead RFC
G Finlayson (2), G Jack (2), M mweemba, P Sidgwick
Tries
Unknown
S McNeil (2), G Finlayson (3)
Conversions
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - Caledonia Region - Tennent's Caledonia North 4 Full time

Mighty Boars secure 3rd plplace

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Deeside maintain league unbeaten home record

Deeside's final league fixture was a home tie against confirmed North league 4 champions Peterhead. The visitors clearly wanted to finish on a high while Deeside wanted to maintain their 100% home record in the league. The game was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of Peterhead stalwart and coach Bill Innes who sadly passed away recently - with the league already won Peterhead had dedicated their league triumph to Bill and Deeside join with all other teams in the league in congratulating Peterhead on their achievement and extending our sympathy to Bill's family and friends.
Peterhead set out their stall from the off with them choosing to pick and go through what looked like a bigger forward pack. Deeside weren't having it though and the home forwards defended well which forced errors from the visitors resulting in the ball being turned over. Deeside chose a more expansive game by getting the ball away from the contact area and on 5 minutes they opened the scoring through a try from Guy Finlayson that was converted by Scott McNeill.
Peterhead stuck to their game plan of keeping the ball with their forwards and the Deeside pack continued to thwart them and force turnovers. Deeside were awarded a penalty for a high tackle on 17 minutes on their own 10m line and the resulting penalty kick gave them a lineout 18m from the try line. A knock-on resulted in a scrum for the visitors and with the ball called out by the referee Scott McNeill pounced to win it for Deeside forcing the Peterhead scrum-half into a tackle he would rather not have made and not releasing. From the resulting Deeside penalty the home team gave it to their backs again and this time it was Gregg Jack who crossed the line to score with the conversion taken by Guy Finlayson.
Deeside were getting more ball and using it better resulting in most of the game at this stage being played in the Peterhead half. The forwards were working hard to stop the Peterhead pick and go while using the ball well once they had it. On 30 minutes another Deeside attack put Peter Sidgwick in space and he ran hard to take on the Peterhead full back who he beat in the collision - with the try line beckoning only 10 metres away Peter would surely have scored if the game had not been stopped (and rightly so) for the suspected head injury suffered by the Peterhead full-back.
Soon after Deeside turned over a Peterhead scrum 10 metres out from the try line and Guy Finlayson went over in the corner for an un-converted try.
Deeside weren't about to take their foot off the gas. Gregg Jack found space and used his pace and footwork to make good yards before offloading a final pass to Tswai Mweemba for him to score under the posts and provide an easy conversion for Guy Finlayson.
But the Deeside team still weren't done. From a scrum 10 metres inside the Deeside half the home side moved the ball well enough to get it to Gregg Jack for him to score another try that Scott McNeill converted with ease to take the score to 33-0 at half-time.
Deeside rang the changes and all six substitutes came on for the start of the second half. The Deeside scrum that had been strong throughout got even stronger. The pattern of play didn't change much initially and Deeside continued to play most of the game in the opposition's half. Chris Somers and Guy Finlayson both thought they had scored tries only to have them disallowed for forward pass and double movement respectively. Eventually the second half deadlock was broken when Peter Sidgwick finally got on the score sheet with a try on 52 minutes - converted by Guy Finlayson.
Deeside pressure continued after the re-start and with Peterhead trying to clear their lines a high tackle by Stephen Bell resulted in retaliation from a Peterhead player and both were yellow carded on the 60 minutes mark.
The home side thought they could have got a few more points on the board but a couple more forward passes and stout defence by the visitors kept Deeside from scoring again. With legs tiring and players that had come off at half-time suitably rested Deeside decided to use the opportunity to bring players back on.
The final minutes belonged to Peterhead who were determined not to lose to nil and all credit to them for digging deep and getting the final score of the game with a try in the corner that was too wide for them to convert.
Final score 40-5 to Deeside - a bonus point win and our unbeaten home record in the league maintained. Great performances from the whole 21-man squad - it goes to show yet again that if we get the numbers, we get the wins. We have struggled for numbers away from home - only 10 of us at Inverness and only 17 (the most we ever managed) at Dyce with 3 of them coming off injured. If we could have travelled with a squad of 20 to each away game we would have been challenging for the top spot.
Congratulations to Peterhead for winning the league and being presented with the trophy on what must have been an emotional day for them.

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Key moments

5:00
Try Guy Finlayson scores for Deeside RFC
6:00
Conversion Scott McNeil kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
19:00
Try Gregg Jack scores for Deeside RFC
20:00
Conversion Guy Finlayson kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
32:00
Try Guy Finlayson scores for Deeside RFC
36:00
Try Mutswairo mweemba scores for Deeside RFC
37:00
Conversion Guy Finlayson kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
39:00
Try Gregg Jack scores for Deeside RFC
40:00
Conversion Scott McNeil kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
52:00
Try Peter Sidgwick scores for Deeside RFC
53:00
Conversion Guy Finlayson kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
79:00
Try Try for Peterhead RFC

Highlights

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80:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Peterhead RFC
79:00 Try 40 - 5
Try for Peterhead RFC
72:00 Sub On
Mutswairo mweemba is substituted on for Deeside RFC
72:00 Sub Off
Graeme Lowe is substituted off for Deeside RFC
70:00 Sub On
Thomas Andrews is substituted on for Deeside RFC
70:00 Sub Off
Stuart Lewis is substituted off for Deeside RFC
68:00 Sub On
Keith Nicol is substituted on for Deeside RFC
68:00 Sub Off
Liam Duddy is substituted off for Deeside RFC
65:00 Sub On
William Hooker is substituted on for Deeside RFC
65:00 Sub Off
Peter Sidgwick is substituted off for Deeside RFC
60:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Peterhead RFC
60:00 Yellow Card
Stephen Bell is yellow carded for Deeside RFC
55:00 Sub On
Ben Duncan is substituted on for Deeside RFC
55:00 Sub Off
Gregg Jack is substituted off for Deeside RFC
53:00 Conversion 40 - 0
Guy Finlayson kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
52:00 Try 38 - 0
Peter Sidgwick scores for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Mutswairo mweemba is substituted off for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub On
Stuart Lewis is substituted on for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Thomas Andrews is substituted off for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Fraser Crawford is substituted off for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub On
Liam Middleton is substituted on for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub On
Liam Duddy is substituted on for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub Off
William Hooker is substituted off for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub On
Thomas Davidson is substituted on for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub On
Chris Somers is substituted on for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Keith Nicol is substituted off for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub On
Stephen Bell is substituted on for Deeside RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Ben Duncan is substituted off for Deeside RFC
End of period 1
40:00 Conversion 33 - 0
Scott McNeil kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
39:00 Try 31 - 0
Gregg Jack scores for Deeside RFC
37:00 Conversion 26 - 0
Guy Finlayson kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
36:00 Try 24 - 0
Mutswairo mweemba scores for Deeside RFC
33:00 Missed Conversion
Scott McNeil misses a conversion for Deeside RFC
32:00 Try 19 - 0
Guy Finlayson scores for Deeside RFC
20:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Guy Finlayson kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
19:00 Try 12 - 0
Gregg Jack scores for Deeside RFC
6:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Scott McNeil kicks a conversion for Deeside RFC
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Guy Finlayson scores for Deeside RFC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Deeside RFC
  • Peterhead RFC
  • 0
  • Guy Finlayson Try 5:00'
  • Scott McNeil Conversion 6:00'
  • Gregg Jack Try 19:00'
  • Guy Finlayson Conversion 20:00'
  • Guy Finlayson Try 32:00'
  • Mutswairo mweemba Try 36:00'
  • Guy Finlayson Conversion 37:00'
  • Gregg Jack Try 39:00'
  • Scott McNeil Conversion 40:00'
  • Mutswairo mweemba Sub Off 40:00'
  • Stephen Bell Sub On 40:00'
  • Stuart Lewis Sub On 40:00'
  • Thomas Andrews Sub Off 40:00'
  • Fraser Crawford Sub Off 40:00'
  • Liam Middleton Sub On 40:00'
  • Liam Duddy Sub On 40:00'
  • Ben Duncan Sub Off 40:00'
  • Thomas Davidson Sub On 40:00'
  • William Hooker Sub Off 40:00'
  • Chris Somers Sub On 40:00'
  • Keith Nicol Sub Off 40:00'
  • Peter Sidgwick Try 52:00'
  • Guy Finlayson Conversion 53:00'
  • Gregg Jack Sub Off 55:00'
  • Ben Duncan Sub On 55:00'
  • Stephen Bell Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Peter Sidgwick Sub Off 65:00'
  • William Hooker Sub On 65:00'
  • Liam Duddy Sub Off 68:00'
  • Keith Nicol Sub On 68:00'
  • Stuart Lewis Sub Off 70:00'
  • Thomas Andrews Sub On 70:00'
  • Graeme Lowe Sub Off 72:00'
  • Mutswairo mweemba Sub On 72:00'
  • Try 79:00'

Team selection

mweemba, Mutswairo mweemba, Mutswairo
Hooker, William Hooker, William
Jack, Gregg Jack, Gregg
Sidgwick, Peter Sidgwick, Peter
Nicol, Keith Nicol, Keith
Finlayson, Guy Finlayson, Guy
McNeil, Scott McNeil, Scott
Hall, Niall Hall, Niall
Crawford, Fraser Crawford, Fraser
Hall, Finlay Hall, Finlay
Duncan, Ben Duncan, Ben
Lowe, Graeme Lowe, Graeme
Andrews, Thomas Andrews, Thomas
Scott, Neil Scott, Neil
Beattie, Scott Beattie, Scott

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Peterhead RFC 8 31
2. Dyce RFC 8 21
3. Deeside RFC 8 18
4. Fraserburgh RFC 8 16
5. Inverness Craig Dunain RFC 8 14
6. Aberdeen Wanderers RFC 0 0
7. Moray RFC 0 0

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