Friday Night Rugby
Friday evening rugby under floodlights seemed to go down well with players and supporters alike with a healthy crowd coming along to Myreside to watch a local derby which goes back decades.
With no professionals released this was a game for those advocates of amateur rugby and the players did not disappoint with both sides going at it hammer and tong from the first to the last whistle. We played in to a deceptively strong wind in the first half and it was no surprise to see the ball being moved through the hands for multiple phases, however, despite having the majority of the possession and with the defence flying out of the line we were unable to seriously threaten the Watsons line. When the gap eventually came it was Watsonians who broke down the field and scored under the posts, quickly followed by a successful penalty attempt.
Having gone down by 10 points we worked our way back in to the game and just before half time were awarded a penalty try which gave us a platform to work from in the second half.
With the wind at our backs we slowly but surely turned the screw and after a number of close calls touched down for a deserved try, a rare drop goal gave a little breathing space and despite Watsons pushing hard, a strong defence and final flourish meant we came away with a 10-22 victory. All of which leaves us in 3rd place in the Premiership and building nicely for some massive games ahead.
Despite scoring 42 points the 2s lost to their Watsonian counterparts and one suspects the coaches will be working on defence this week when Boroughmuir are the next opponents.
The 3rd XV got their season up and running with a hard fought win over Murrayfield Wanderers 2nd XV, taking the tussle 33 v 32. An excellent advert for junior level rugby and one that highlights that rugby is about playing with and for your mates – the average age of the team being 21.
A full junior training session on Sunday finished off a big week end of rugby and leads us on to this Saturday where we host Boroughmuir 1st and 2nd XV and Currie Chieftain 3rd XV.
Saturday afternoons are designed for sport so I would encourage anyone reading this to get along to their local club and support your team – wherever it is!
Still places left too at the pre-match lunch on Saturday. Book your place here.