Heriots S2: 4 - 32 : Boroughmuir S2
A beautiful November afternoon saw the S2's travel across town to Goldenacre to play Heriots.
Muir started the game strongly and were very quick in to a fast flowing passing game. The ball retention was great and enabled the ball to get out wide to our backs. Muir had the majority of the possession in the first period and when Heriots were on the attack, Muir's tackling and defence was excellent. This also enabled Muir to counter ruck and turnover ball, which they then capitalised on. A good solid first period for Muir enabled them to score 6 tries and keep Heriots from crossing their line. 1st Period (0 - 20)
The 2nd Period was a closer affair, with both teams defending well and holding their defensive lines. Good support play and offloading brought a further 3 tries for Muir before Heriots crossed the Muir line after a period of pressure and great drive just on the referees whistle. Overall a very good performance from Muir in the first two periods. 2nd Period (4 - 32)
The Development Period was a chance for both teams to field some less experienced players and brought a flurry of tries for both teams. Heriots took advantage and with some quick ball out to their backs saw them outpace the Muir defence on a couple of occasions. A good period of rugby for both sets of players saw Heriots run in 4 tries to Muir's 3.
It was good to see Muir score a lot of team tries today with excellent support running, offloading and passing. They played with growing confidence and are coming together and starting to play well as a team. With both teams trying to play good open rugby this was great for the supporters who were treated to a very good and exciting game.
Credit to both sets of players who played with great spirit throughout and to the referee who allowed the players to just play rugby. A big thanks to Heriots for hosting Muir today and for their hospitality afterwards.
The S2 Muir support now look forward to some testing games to come at Meggetland over the next few weekend.
Muir P7 - Close calls at Currie…
The early morning showers had fortunately passed as Muir P7 began their warm up at Malleny Park
Muir started the opener against Currie Black with great confidence, keeping possession and moving the ball in hand well.
The two teams were very evenly matched with both applying pressure in defence to make for a tight game however Currie went in with a narrow victory 2-1
Currie Amber were next up fieldng a strong side. The game started evenly but unfortunately Muir had left their rucking skills on the bench. This allowed Currie to take advantage and control the game from the middle. Muir managed a well worked try from deep and kept going to the end finishing a respectable 3-1
The final match was against Kelso. Muir were back on form rucking over to produce some good turnover ball and getting the ball wider as much as possible. Some tremendous tackling was on display for the travelling support to cheer. Whilst Kelso played some good determined rugby, Muir took charge of the game and came in deserved winners 2-0.
Special mention for Hamish Stevens who put in a fantastic effort to come back for his first fixture for 6 months after a skiing accident. 150% effort gave him a number of good runs and even a try. Unfortunately with the last tackle of the day he took a knock which earned him a trip in an ambulance. Thanks to both the Currie and Kelso Coaching staff for helping out. Delighted to report that Hamish is ok however is back on crutches. Putting this to one side, the team had a great mornings rugby with all three games being very close. Good fun had by all…
Boroughmuir S1Rugby: Heriots Game Report
Boroughmuir Rugby 45 - Heriots 8
On what was a lovely warm sunny afternoon for November, the Boroughmuir S1's travelled to Goldenacre to take on Heriots in an action packed game. With six of our regular squad out, this required the rest of the players to 'step up to the mark' and keep the team competitive. Heriots started the match the better team, with better scrummaging and recycled the ball better at the rucks. However, against the run of play Muir sprinted down the wing to put the first score in. Heriots quickly responded with a break away try through the middle to equal the scores. The remainder of the period saw Muir make hard work in putting in a few more tries. With some positions swapped the team came back out and play began again. The players were challenging again at the break-down and the offload game was starting to emerge. What was good to see was our attention to our attack and defence lines. On their ball we were able to get up and put maximum pressure on their line which was causing them to back fire. We were able to capitalise on these mistake and convert them into scores. Through
the second and third periods the play became better and quicker and we were able to take the ball through their defence with some great quick offloading.
At the end Muir were too strong and the match closed with a comfortable win for us.
It was good to see that even with players missing the rest of the team remained very competitive in all aspects. A lot of good individual performances again from the players, but what was more impressive was the team performance, which is undoubtedly one of our greatest strengths. Well done again to the players for giving maximum effort today. Thank you, as always to all our travelling support and a big thank you to Heriots for their hospitality!