Dundee High v GHA

Saturday 28 March 2015
3.00pm kickoff – Mayfield

Dundee High lineup

15 – Blair Cochrane
14 – Matt O’Sullivan
13 – Duncan Leese
12 – Tim McKavanagh
11 – Ronan Joy
10 – Harry Millar
9 – Josh Rutnagur
1 – Stevie Longwell
2 – Darrell Russell
3 – Alan Brown (c)
4 – James Mulligan
5 – Matt Harland
6 – George Arnott
7 – Jonny Petty
8 – Donald Sangster

Replacements:

16 – Neil Dymock
17 – Gavin Robertson
18 – Ian Robertson
19 – Rhys McAuley
20 – Ollie Cain

Dundee High 36-14 Jedforest

Post match reaction from Head Coach, Colin Robertson

“To score 5 tries to nil in the second half shows the quality of our play as we were in total control. Our defence was outstanding. We stuck to the game plan perfectly in second half and played with speed and variety to outsmart them. In particular, we saw big performances from Blair Cochrane, Gavin Hughan, Darrell Russell and Donald Sangster.”

Dundee High v Jedforest

Saturday 21 March 2015
12:30 kickoff – Forthill

Dundee High lineup

15 – Nick Alston
14 – Matt O’Sullivan
13 – Duncan Leese
12 – Tim McKavanagh
11 – Blair Cochrane
10 – Harry Millar
9 – Josh Rutnagar
1 – Stevie Longwell
2 – Darrell Russell
3 – Alan Brown (c)
4 – Matt Harland
5 – James Mulligan
6 – Gavin Hughan
7 – George Arnott
8 – Donald Sangster

Replacements

16 – Dave Curry
17 – Gavin Robertson
18 – Ryan Milne
19 – Burhan Torgut
20 – Ronan Joy

TFI Friday© 20th March 2015

Well that’s another (including St Patricks day!) week gone! Who won the guess the wine competition™? It is a bit of a mystery to me so any help tracking down the wine expert would be great. Never fear a new wine will be there for your guess on Friday. Of course along with that will be a cheese to guess as well. The new bar opening hour» at 5.09 is proving very popular with Dod and will continue at that time. FREE nibbles€ on the bar after all its TFI Friday®. Why not bring a chum? If you have one!

Rugby. Dundee v JedForrest ko 12.30 at Forthill and then back to the club to watch the Scotland Ireland game on TV. You might see Ranks fist pumping (it’s a modern greeting) a certain Royal! Just before being incarcerated in the Tower. We will visit Ranks!

There is also an early rugby game at Mayfield the Scotland U18 v Ireland U18. It’s a 11am KO and entry is FREE.

Tomorrow Sat we make the pilgrimage to Murrayfield to watch Scotland tanning the bejesus out of the Irish men. Before that we have 160 guests at a sell-out lunch at the Royal Scots Club. Buses leave at 9am on Sat. Please do not be late!

This day in history. Bet you didn’t know that this day 1931 Nevada legalised gambling? In 1882 Broncho Bill was born two years after the Rugby Club was formed. It was 17 years later his application was refused on the grounds he did not attend the High School. Seems a bit unfair as I wasn’t a regular attender either! Dundee High FPRFC has been an open club for more than 30 years. All welcome…now!

In the news. Lots of bad news and not a lot of laughs available to share. I was going to mention Ruth Davidson but have decided not to. (Correction made to! ED) Next week though loads ‘o stuff!

Hope we all enjoy a great successful rugby weekend.

Dundee High 17-14 Hillhead Jordanhill

The lure of the televised Internationals no doubt gave rise to the meagre attendance at Mayfield, but it was the stay-aways who benefited, by missing a below-par performance from the home side against a beleaguered Hills side which almost recorded its first win of the season.

The first half produced little of significance, with a stuttering performance from Dundee, littered with handling errors and penalty offences which prevented any sustained momentum, although there were early signs of a Dundee scrummage dominance which was to prove the difference between the sides.

The meagre home support was energised by a fine break out of defence by Hamish Livingston which ended on the Dundee 10 metre line with a forward pass and a hamstring injury which led to Hamish’s withdrawal.

With half-time approaching, a great break by Harry Millar, Tim McKavanagh and Matt O’Sullivan almost gained the Hills’ line at the right-hand corner, but another penalty saved Hills. Dundee pressure was maintained, however, and when the visitors were penalised, Dundee kicked to touch 5 metres out and drove the resultant line-out until Hills were again penalised. Dundee chose the scrum and drove it over the Hills’ line for Ryan Milne to claim the touch-down. Harry Millar converted and Dundee were 7-0 ahead with 38 minutes played.

Hills responded with pressure in the Dundee 22, leading to three penalty offences by the home side and a first-ever yellow card for veteran Euan Grewar. Dundee’s scrum dominance protected their line, however and a penalty against Hills brought the half to a close.

Half-time: Dundee HSFP 7 Hillhead Jordanhill 0

A “nothing” half, with either try line threatened only once, at Dundee’s push-over try. Greater care and accuracy, particularly at the break-down and with off-loads, was the half-time message.

A superb, long touch kick by Blair Cochrane shortly after the re-start brought a line-out on the Hills 5 -metre line. Dundee won that line-out and moved the ball left twice, before coming back to the right for a try near the corner by Stuart Barlow. Harry Millar was unsuccessful with the difficult conversion and Dundee were 12-0 ahead after 2 minutes of the second half.

Hills were far from beaten, however, and hit back from the kick-off, aided by some indifferent Dundee tackling. Pressure eventually told, and stand-off Jurisic ended a good handling movement with a try which to which he added a fine conversion and the lead was reduced: 12-7 after 48 minutes.

Another quarter of an hour passed with little of note, Dundee’s attempts to exert pressure being thwarted by penalties and, in the event, it was Hills who were next to score. A period of sustained pressure led to a try by Ryan, converted by Jurisic and Hills were ahead, not undeservedly, after 65 minutes.

Dundee retaliated and after Hills were penalised, Dundee found touch in the Hills 22. The ball was moved right, left, and right again until, with the line at their mercy, Dundee knocked on. Hills’ relief was but temporary, however, thanks to Dundee’s scrum dominance. Hills were forced to touch down over their own line and Dundee drove the resultant scrum. Hills were penalised, Dundee took another scrum and this time they drove it over for another try by Ryan Milne. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful and Dundee were ahead 17-14 with 6 minutes remaining; 6 minutes which produced no more excitement, thanks to further mishandling of the ball and penalty offences.

Full-time: Dundee HSFP 17 Hillhead Jordanhill 14

A poor, penalty-strewn game and a result which brought little satisfaction to the Dundee camp. Dundee’s motivation had to be questioned and the lesson learned that a different attitude will be necessary in the remaining games, if a respectable final league position is to be achieved.

Scorers

Tries: Milne (2), Barlow
Conversion: Millar

Dundee Player of the Match: Darrell Russell

Dundee High 17-14 Hillhead Jordanhill

Post match reaction from Head Coach, Colin Robertson

“We were poor today lacking any real drive to push the game forward and take control. We failed to build regular phases and our decision making wasn’t the best.

However, yes we won and that was a positive especially coming from behind in the last 10 minutes with mature play to win – but we are so much better than this performance. The players are frustrated with today’s play and keen to improve things at training.

Darrell Russell, George Arnott and Ryan Milne were effective up front but we needed more players performancing much better. We will have benefited from a couple of games in row from a season of little rugby through the winter with games off. The next game can’t come quick enough for us to improve our performance.”

Dundee High v Hillhead Jordanhill

Saturday 14 March 2015
2.45pm kick off | Mayfield

Dundee High Team Lineup

15 – Blair Cochrane
14 – Ronan Joy
13 – Matt O’Sullivan
12 – Tim McKavanagh
11 – Stuart Barlow
10 – Harry Millar
9 – Josh Rutnagar
1 – Stevie Longwell
2 – Darrell Russell
3 – Alan Brown (c)
4 – Matt Harland
5 – Ian Robertson
6 – George Arnott
7 – Hamish Livingston
8 – Ryan Milne

Replacements:

16 – Dave Curry
17 – Gavin Robertson
18 – Ewan Grewar
19 – Connor Blackmore
20 – Rhys McAuley

TFI Friday® 13th March 2015

TFI Friday© this week falls on the 13th. Unlucky for some, especially if you are a black cat, Jeremy Clarkson or a beagle. Keep your fingers crossed that it all goes to plan and please don’t walk under ladders while coming in to the club (ok the ladders should not be there) opening at the new time of 5.09» which proved popular last week. There will be FREE nibbles® on the bar as usual. Last week’s guess the wine comp™ was won (guessed) by a recently retired PE teacher who now has had time to do a course on viniculture. He won’t be here as he is currently giving some of his skiing chums the benefits of his retirement in a post-modern educational environment. This week is a bit of a special wine!

Rugby. We beat the sheep worriers of Aberdeen last Sat and lifting the Dallas Allardice cup into the bargain! This week on Sat we have as visitors Hillhead Jordanhill with a ko 2.45pm. We also have two rugby Internationals on TV with the big one England v Scotland kicking off at 5pm. We also have a new baby’s head/bed wetting in the fine shape of daddy Darrel Lindsay Russell’s very image! A very busy day in the clubhouse is guaranteed. Come and join in the fun.

This day in history 1938 Adolf, a retired painter, announces a “union” with Austria and with many thousands of fellow revellers marched into Austria to share the good news. What a party! In 1942 the Americans launched the K9 core introducing dogs into service in conflict zones. This was a very successful initiative until they sent the dogs to Vietnam where they were welcomed by soldiers but particularly by the locals! Don’t ask!

Hope we enjoy this weekend of rugby and have a great rugby experience.

Aberdeen Grammar 14-23 Dundee High

Aberdeen Grammar v Dundee HSFP
7 March 2015

With the advantage of a strong, diagonal wind, Grammar kicked off on a very firm, dry Rubislaw pitch and were first on the attack. The offensive was repelled and Dundee began to exert some pressure, until an interception was made by Grammar No 6 Ali Mackie, who ran some 50 metres unopposed, to score under the posts. Stand-off Knudson slotted the simple conversion and the hosts were 7-0 ahead after10 minutes.

Dundee struck back from the re-start and good handling play got them to the Grammar line. When Grammar were penalised, Harry Millar’s penalty goal reduced the deficit: 7-3 after 13 minutes.

The match continued in even vein until a fine break by Tim McKavanagh took play to the Grammar 5-metre line. When Grammar were penalised, Dundee found touch and drove the resultant line-out possession over the try line for a score credited to Darrell Russell. Harry Millar was successful with the difficult conversion attempt and Dundee edged ahead, 7-10, after 25 minutes.

Dundee were on the attack again and a good break by James Mulligan saw then reach the Grammar 22, but a knock-on stopped the momentum. Dundee were exerting pressure but handling errors were denying them the opportunity of extending their lead. A telling break from defence by Matt O’Sullivan took play to the half-way line, but again the ball was lost. Then it was Grammar’s turn, when a telling break by Ali Mackie had the home supporters roaring as play reached 10m metres from the Dundee line, only for Grammar to knock on, allowing Dundee to clear the danger.

Dundee continued on attack, aided by another fine break by Matt O’Sullivan, but a 30-metre penalty goal by Harry Millar as half-time beckoned was all their reward.

Half-time: Aberdeen Grammar 7 Dundee HSFP 13

On balance, a good first half by Dundee, who were asking questions with ball in hand. Minimising errors and greater continuity of play, coupled with wind advantage, should secure a positive outcome.

In the event, it was Grammar who showed first after the resumption, with the greater share of possession, but handling errors were proving costly and opportunities were lost. Grammar continued to press, however, and after 10 minutes of the half, their efforts were eventually rewarded as the ball was moved from a ruck near the Dundee posts and winger Grant Walker crashed over for a try, converted by Knudson, putting Grammar back in the lead, 14-13.

Dundee exerted their first attack after the re-start and, after a line-out drive, play was taken to the Grammar 5-metre line, where a bizarre series of scrums took place. At each one, Grammar were penalised and Dundee opted for a re-scrum. With visiting supporters wondering if a penalty try was in prospect, the issue was resolved at the fourth attempt when the scrum broke and a Dundee drive saw Stevie Longwell gaining the try. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, but Dundee were ahead again, 14-18, after 61 minutes.

Four minutes later, the lead was extended, when Josh Rutnagur pounced on a loose ball after a line-out near the Grammar line. The conversion was missed, but there was now some daylight between the sides at 14-23.

Grammar hit back after another good spell by Dundee floundered on lost possession, and the home side almost scored when they were nudged into touch in the act of touching down in the corner. Grammar were not giving up without a fight, and continued to test the Dundee defence. A series of penalty offences by Dundee in quick succession enabled Grammar to mount an assault in the Dundee red zone, and eventually over the line, only for the ball to be held up. This was as close as Grammar reached, however, and the match finished without further scoring, meaning that a delighted Dundee team was able to secure the Dallas Allardice trophy for the first time.

Full-time: Aberdeen Grammar 14 Dundee HSFP 23

With visiting supporters anticipating that wind advantage after the resumption would enable Dundee comfortably to extend their first-half lead, credit is given to Grammar for their refusal to give in, and for a second half performance which lead to a closer game than some had anticipated.

Scorers:
Tries: Russell, Longwell, Rutnagur
Conversion: Millar
Penalties: Millar (2)

Dundee Player of the Match: Hamish Livingston