INVERLEITH RFC 17 – 25 TRINITY RFC

ARBORETUM 21st SEPTEMBER 2019

Team: 15. F Doonan (VC), 14. N Wood, 13. A Thomson, 12. M Cant, 11. G Johncock, 10. S Hainey, 9, E McBurnie, 8. J Hunt. 7. P McCaskey, 6, C Harkness 5. H Balcerak, 4. S McCullough (Capt.), 3. S Boendermaker 2. A Philip, 1. I Kirby. Subs: 16. A Galbraith 17. G Higginbotham, 18. S Jablonski, 19. C Ward, 20. D Jones, 21. G Berthert & 22. S McLaughlin (All used)

Another beautiful day for rugby as we hosted near neighbours Trinity who lost very narrowly to Leith last week. We knew this was going to be a tough match but we were able to field a much stronger squad than the one that lost heavily at Penicuik last week and were determined to show the side we really are.

We started strongly, as we have in the last two league matches, as we attacked the Arboretum Road end. We perhaps should have made more of our chance on the left but had to settle for a shot at goal following offside in the Trinity backs. Unfortunately the kick was missed and Trinity were able to clear their lines.

We lost Andy Philip to a knee injury after about 10 minutes meaning that Andy Galbraith had to come on for his first match of the season somewhat before schedule. Trinity came more into the game now and poor defensive vision saw us caught with only one defender on a wide blind side. Trinity broke away to score near the posts and converted to make it 0-7 after 17 minutes.

Another period of pressure saw us have to settle for a penalty which Mark Cant successfully kicked to make it 3-7. We were next on the board again when the Trinity wing totally botched up on a kick ahead by Canty allowing him to follow up and touch down. He also kicked the conversion to put us in the lead for the first time at 10-7. Trinity had the last say though when we were penalised at the breakdown and they penalty kick allowed them to draw level just on half time.

The second half started fairly evenly with both sides having a fair share of position and possession. The stalemate was broken after a good burst down the right wing by Paul McCaskey, playing his first game following injury, and Fionan Doonan crossing out wide. Canty was successful with his kick and we were up 17-10.

It was our turn to make a mistake next when a loose pass was gathered by Trinity and they crossed wide out on the right for an unconverted try. Shortly afterwards they took the lead with a penalty to make it 17-18 with 20 minutes to go.

We kept the pressure up but failed to have the patience to work through the phases as the majority of the last quarter was spent in the Trinity half. One visit to our 22 saw a fairly aimless clearance land in the opposition wingers’ hands and he made a great job of jinking back through our disorganised defence to cross for the killer blow. The converted try made the final score 17-25 meaning we lost out on, what would have been a deserved losing bonus point.

The official MOTM was Euan McBurnie closely followed by Ian Kirby.