Written by Lawrance Reilly of SM
A soaking wet Saturday in the capital was no deterrent to some great rugby on show on both pitches at Inverleith Park.
Northern narrowly defeated Lismore on the main pitch but it was tries galore on the Botanics pitch where the FRW recorded a fairly comfortable win running in 7 converted tries.
I usually feel you can call these games within the first few minutes but not today and although Northern took the lead with an early penalty neither side particularly dominated early on.
The home side were more than competitive up front and the soggy conditions certainly played to their strengths. It was a pleasant surprise really when we cut loose to score 3 converted tries within 5 minutes. The handling was first rate to give the away support something to cheer.
At this point FRW received a blow when team manager Richard Hughes had to leave to attend to some business up town. Iain Duckworth and I thought this a touch inappropriate and felt it would be unlikely that Neil Lennon or Craig Levein would walk out on their respective games this coming Saturday around 15:30.
Both sides shared four tries before half-time to leave FRW 35-17 ahead.
The match was very well handled by a young lady referee and she seemed to have the respect of all the players. She played her part in making this a really good game to watch.
The second half was keenly contested with two converted tries from FRW the only points on show but both were breakaway scores and neither side got on top.
Northern showed great determination and didn’t look like a team that had shed 100 points recently against Accies. The same Accies pipped us last week by 2 points.
I was most impressed with the FRW team and our scrum half looked a guy who could take a step up. Our goal kicking was superb and the game was played in great spirit. I would be struggling to recall any incidents which put the excellent ref under any pressure.