1st XV v Strathallan's Riley House 

On Wednesday afternoon, the St. Mary's 1st XV welcomed Perthshire outfit Strathallan Riley House.  We fielded a strong side with Ed and George either side of Geordie in the front row, Ollie E and Caelan at lock and Archie Mo at Number 8. Mitchell and John marshalled a powerful backline of Dandylions Captain Thomas, Mac, Ollie L, Callum and Ted. Jake and Archie J formed a powerful bench.

The match kicked off and St. Mary's were soon using their stronger forwards to force territorial gains deep in the Strath half. However, we struggled to find the final pass to get the ball over the whitewash and looked a little scrappy. This led to some frustration from both players and coaches alike! The final pass was not sticking and the ball was dropped or knocked on time and again in promising positions.

It took centre Mac to straighten up and bulldoze over for the first try to finally get the scoreboard ticking over. He followed this with a second score less than five minutes later. However, the style of rugby that we were playing against a young side was not what we are all about and there was plenty of room for improvement.

Strath showed what a gutsy side they are with some strong running assisted by weak and ineffective tackling leading to a good try to bring the scores closer. John scored a really good individual try as he handed off five defenders in succession with his piston arm working like a steam hammer.

At half-time it was fine for a home truth; score does not reflect performance. We have played far better this season and lost. Winning without reaching the standards that we expect of ourselves is not acceptable. Things improved somewhat in the second half with Archie Mo scoring a try after a bullocking run and Jake going on an awesome touchline rampage before Thomas closed out the scoring with a final try.

Overall, this was a good result for the 1st XV but the scrappy performance left us with plenty to work on in training.


Tom Rawson, 02/11/2018

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