Currie had come off the back of the back of three wins and we had come off the back of two heavy losses so we knew that the win on Saturday was crucial to our long term prospects of finishing in the Top 4.
We played into the gale in the first half and handled conditions better defending our line for 10 minutes before gaining control of the ball and keeping Currie penned in to their half for most of the first period. This was a game played at a high tempo and we generally handled conditions better than Currie – although the scoreline might suggest otherwise we came away with a relatively comfortable victory.
That is the first round of fixtures in the Premiership completed and we’ve all had a chance to see how the opposition is shaping up so while there may be fewer surprises in store the intensity of the games will increase. This season’s BT Premiership is shaping up to be the tightest yet with three points separating second from sixth – Stirling will be equally tough opponents this week having won their last two games, however, we go in positive spirits.
The 2s have a challenging start to the season and the coaches went up to Malleny hoping that all that looked so good in training would eventually come to fruition and for large parts they must have been pretty happy with what they saw. We started at a million miles an hour and scored two well crafted tries early doors when playing with the wind, however, for the rest of the half allowed Currie back in reaching half time 18-5 ahead. Currie came storming back in to the game and with a ludicrous amount of whooping and hollering went 22-18 up. This appeared to use up all their energies and the boys knuckled down scoring four tries and running away with the game 37-22.
Unfortunately, we were unable to field a 3rd XV which is an issue – reserve rugby is in crisis generally and this is an area we are looking at in conjunction with the other Edinburgh clubs and the SRU in the coming weeks.
The 1s and 2s are over at Bridgehaugh and the 3s have Preston Lodge at Pennypitt – Saturday afternoons were designed for playing and watching sport so get along and lend your support.