Haddington v Dundee HSFP , Neilson Park , Saturday 26 September 2015.
Dundee went into this BT Cup fixture as firm favourites against Haddington , a BT National 3 side.
It was a pleasant sunny afternoon in Haddington , with Dundee starting Josh Rutnagur at 10 , with Andy Dymock on the wing. Matt O’Sullivan started at full back with Blair Cochrane unavailable.
Haddington drew first blood with a penalty after 5 minutes to take a 3-0 lead , but soon afterwards , Dundee went ahead with a try by captain Brown , converted by Leese. Minutes later , Gav Robertson rumbled over for an unconverted try to make the score 12-3 to Dundee.
However , in a rare Haddington attack resulted in a try being pulled back , with the conversion added by their 10 , who looked a tidy player. 12-10 to Dundee.
Gav Robertson then scored his second try following further Dundee forward domination , with the score being well converted by Duncan Leese.
Hadddington however kept themselves in contention with a further converted try to make the score 19-17 to Dundee.
Just before half time , Dundee scored the best try of the half when some incisive running in the backs created an opportunity for Matt O’Sullivan to score in the corner. Duncan Leese converted with a great kick to make the half time score 26-17 to Dundee.
Half Time – Haddington 17 Dundee 26.
Dundee brought on Danny Levison at half time and he soon made his presence felt with a couple of trade mark big hits.
Early play in the second half was in the Haddington half and the pressure was rewarded when Tim McKavanagh crossed for a try , converted by Duncan Leese.
Dundee were now in complete control and a further score came when Broonie barged his way over for his second try.
With Dundee now 38-17 ahead and in dominant mode , the team played some good rugby and Duncan Leese scored an excellent try to make the score 43-17.
During a short period of rare Haddington pressure , Dundee prop Anthony Kent was yellow-carded due to allegedly entering a ruck from the side. The look of bemusement on Kenty’s face as he left the pitch confirmed that he was not in whole-hearted agreement with the referee’s interpretation of the situation.
Dundee’s domination continued and they rounded the match off with 2 further tries from Duncan Leese and Cammy McCrimmon , one of which was converted by Duncan.
Final Score – Haddington 17 Dundee High 57
This was a very encouraging performance , with 9 tries scored and some very good rugby played.
Coach Colin Sangster declared himself satisfied with the teams performance , which sets them up nicely for the sterner test expected next Saturday when Edinburgh Accies come to Mayfield.
Mention must be made of Duncan Leese who turned down the opportunity to play for St Andrews University against Edinburgh University at Murrayfield yesterday in the Scottish Varsity Match , opting instead to play for Dundee High rugby at Haddington. This commendable commitment was rewarded with a personal points haul of 26 points.
It should also be noted that as the SRU do not provide assistant referees for Cup matches , each team had to provide their own assistant referee for yesterday’s match.
The esteemed President of Dundee High Rugby displayed yet another example of his enviable range of talents by taking the flag , running the line and giving a performance of awesome judgement and impeccable decision-making , before handing the flag over to Dundee High Rugby ‘s doyen of assistant referees , the Right Honourable Sir Harvie Findlay.