Inverleith 1st XV 26-17 Dalkeith 1st XV

OCTOBER 21, 2017

Match Report

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BT EAST REGIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
OCTOBER 21, 2017, 3:00 PM
Arboreteum Road
1st XV
Match Report
Inverleith 1st XV 26-17 Dalkeith 1st XV
21/10/17 – Arboretum

Team: 15. F Doonan, 14. S McLaughlin, 13. S McPherson, 12. J Jablonski, 11. L Morasco, 10. S Hainey, 9. C Donaldsom, 8. M Brydon, 7. P McCaskey, 6. S Hughes, 5. S Jablonski, 4. S McCullough, 3. M Razeto, 2. R Duncan (Capt.), 1. D O’Sullivan. Reps. 16. R Tidy* 17. S Boendermaker, 18. S Hanlon, 19. C Winthrop, 20. A Beveridge & 21 D Binnie (* Subs used)

With the starting 15 finally nearing full strength hopes were high for us to get back onto the winning trail.
Early play was promising but we were giving away too many penalties which allowed Dalkeith to relieve the pressure. Dalkeith were first on the board after a series of drives inside our 22. The conversion was missed but we were down 0-5 after 10 minutes. Penalties were still going against us and Diarmuid was shown yellow for the team persistently infringing. Things were fairly even at the stage but with the team back up to 15 we got our first chance for points after 30 minutes. Stephen struck a penalty from about 40m out in front to make it 3-5. Shortly afterwards some good pressure on the Dalkeith wing saw him throw a wild pass intercepted by Stephen to cross for an unconverted try. Dalkeith came back at us and further pick and go efforts were rewarded with a 2nd unconverted try to make it 8-10. With half time rapidly approaching it was our turn to apply pressure and we were rewarded with a penalty in front of the posts which Stephen slotted to make it 11-10 at half time.

The 2nd half was around 3 minutes old when a kick down field by Fionan was collected by Dalkeith. Their return kick found no one covering back and their scrum half gathered and just made it to the line. The successful conversion put them in front 11-17. We started to put together some better periods of play but it was a further bad pass by Dalkeith that gave us the next score as Stewart intercepted and crossed under the posts. Stephen’s conversion made it 18-17. With us continuing to build the Dalkeith tight head was shown yellow after several penalties being given as we worked hard for another score. We were rewarded when Diarmuid forced his way over for an unconverted try to make it 23-17. Although we were having the best of the game now we were only 6 points clear and there was always a danger of Dalkeith breaking away. The opportunity for 3 more points came with about 5 remaining and Stephen held his nerve to take the score to 26-17. Stephen had one more chance just before full time but this time the kick drifted to the right of the post.

It was great to get back on the winning trail after a poor period and the atmosphere in the clubhouse reflected this. If the team can stick to their game plan and cut out the number of penalties we will be hard to beat. Next Saturday sees us off to Liberton who have been having a hard season results wise. It’s not a game we can take lightly though, as they have been a bogie team for us on a number of occasions.

Thanks to the replacements who, with the exception of Doug, had all played for the 2nd XV prior to this match and particularly to Richard and Chris who both had to come on. Thanks also to Lewis Marasco who played about 10 minutes in the 2nd row for the 2’s then started on the wing.

The Official Man of the Match award went to Stephen McPherson.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Elaine McDermott who, due to her job schedule changing, has had to step down from her club physio role. We wish her all the best and hopefully we will still see her down the club in the future.

David Brennan
DoR