Marr (37) v Dundee HSFP (14), Fullerton, Feb 27th

Match Report

It seems the Dundee match reporter at the previous Fullerton league fixture this season may have touched a local nerve or two, so, to set the record straight, it should be observed that, for this BT Cup tie, the weather was perfect, with little cloud and little wind, the bus journey was smooth and uneventful, with an earlier than scheduled arrival, the hospitality was warm and immediate and any references to Dundee by the excellent and entertaining lunch-time speakers, Glenn and Tony, were generally circumspect and inoffensively amusing!

Post-match hospitality was also excellent, and a credit to Marr, so it was just a pity that the bit in the middle didn’t satisfy to the same extent.

Certainly, Dundee played with some determination, even with a number of players well away from their normal positions, but handling errors and the lack of a cutting thrust brought second place in a somewhat turgid game.

Dundee kicked off and were soon on the attack, but a promising, planned backs’ move ended with a knock-on, a feature which was to afflict the Dundee performance throughout the afternoon. When Dundee were penalised after 5 minutes, Marr centre Colin Sturgeon slotted the kick from 15 metres in from touch and Marr were ahead, 3-0.

Dundee were on the attack from the re-start, gaining the home 22. A Marr knock-on gave Dundee a scrum and, with the Marr pack retreating, Andy Dymock picked the ball and broke down the right, with Gavin Hughan on his inside to take the scoring pass. Duncan Leese’s conversion gave Dundee the lead: 3-7 after 8 minutes.

Dundee were on the attack again after the re-start but a penalty to Marr robbed Dundee of any momentum. A good Marr break took play to the Dundee 22 where the visitors were penalised and temporarily reduced to 14 men with the production of a yellow card. The offence gave Colin Sturgeon another goal opportunity, which he took, the reduce the deficit: 6-7 with 14 minutes played.

A good break by Ronan Joy, supported by Cammy McCrimmon returned the action to the Marr 22 and further drives took play to the Marr 5m line, only for the ball to be lost. With play returned to the Dundee half after a Dundee penalty goal miss, a great break from a Marr scrum saw the ball pass through 4 pairs of hands before being touched down by speedy wing Stuart Howie. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, but Marr were back in the lead after 22 minutes, 11-7.

Marr were slowly gaining the upper hand, but penalty offences by both sides and further indifferent handling by Dundee were preventing any flowing consistency for the next ten minutes. Then Marr gained possession and moved the ball right for wing Scott Bickerstaff to burst through at pace and score near the posts. The straightforward conversion by Colin Sturgeon extended Marr’s lead to 11 points: 18-7 after 32 minutes.

Dundee started well again from the re-start, but again the threat foundered on a knock-on in the Marr 22. With half-time imminent, a Dundee error led to a Marr scrum in their own half. The ball was fed to Scott Bickerstaff who again broke clear at pace before passing to fellow winger Stuart Howie who touched down. With Colin Sturgeon again converting, Marr were in the driving seat at 25-7 as half-time was called.

Half-time: Marr 25 Dundee 7

Marr had gradually exerted more pressure as the half had progressed, although there was little pace to their play, other than that shown by the two wingers. For Dundee’s part, too many errors were not helping the cause.

Dundee tried hard to get back into the game after the resumption. A fine break by Pete Redmayne looked promising and after he had kicked ahead, Marr were penalised for holding on. Dundee kicked to touch, Marr were penalised again, Dundee kicked to touch again, and the planned line-out move saw Alan Brown barge over for a try which Duncan Leese converted. 45 minutes played and the score was 25 -14.

More errors affected the flow during the next ten minutes until Colin Sturgeon made a great break following a Marr scrum and made it all the way to the line for a try which he converted, extending Marr’s lead to a comfortable 18 points: 32 -14 with 58 minutes gone.

Dundee were showing some ability to move the ball at pace, but all too often, indifferent passing, knock-ons and turn-overs were denying them the chance to exert serious pressure in the Marr red zone.

As the game entered its final stages, Dundee found touch directly, from just outside their 22, and Marr pressed from the resultant line-out until No8 Ben Johnston burst over. The try was converted by Colin Sturgeon with four minutes of normal time remaining. 37-14.

Dundee’s final efforts were formed round line-out drives, but, perhaps in keeping with other parts of the performance, the game ended with a Dundee throw-in being adjudged not straight.

Full-time: Marr 37 Dundee 14

Dundee had most of the territory and possession in the second half and, with so many players playing out of position, could be commended for their determination. A cutting edge will be required, however, to have a chance of turning possession into points, as will a drastic reduction in errors.


Tries: Gavin Hughan, Alan Brown

Conversions: Duncan Leese (2)

Dundee Player of the Match: Andy Dymock

Camera Man Needed this weekend!


A subbie for our very own Cecil B DeMille (Bruno) wanted for this coming Sat 5th March. Bafta guaranteed and the possibility of an Oscar to the right candidate. Just point and shoot taking a video of the game. Intensive training given.

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Also a match day announcer for the 5th March wanted to replace our very own Kelty superstar. No singing voice required but must have at least the same vocabulary as Neebs! So not too challenging! Please share and like so we get a couple of superstars.
Contact Gerry Tosh to start your media career.

1st XV to Face Marr, Saturday 27th February 2016, Fullarton Park


Team to play Marr

15 Cammy Mcrimmon
14 Josh Rutnagur
13 Matt OSullivan
12 Hamish Livingston
11 RonanJoy
10 Duncan Leese
9 Andy Dymock
8. Gavin Hugan
7. Patrick Hamilton
6 George Arnott
5 Ian Robertson
4 Connor Wood
3 Alan Brown
2 John Brady
1 Owen Dyer


16 Murray Divine
17 Jonny Gibson
18 Stuart Barlow
19 Peter Redmayne
20 Henry Sampson

As previously posted bus LEAVES at 10.30am. There will be filled rolls and bananas supplied.

Please Note- There may be a very small chance of play at their schools 3G pitch if Marr ground is frozen

TFI Friday 26th Feb 2016

TFI Friday 26th Feb 2016


The purpose of these TFI Friday notices are to inform what is happening at the Club and to encourage use of the Clubhouse on a Friday evening. The TFI Friday event is open to all our members and friends whether senior Club or Eagles. It’s a bit of fun for a short time on the way home.

Normal service will be resumed shortly it used to often say on Black and White TV in the old days. Similarly normal TFI Friday resumes after an enforced absence. Let’s be charitable and say a miscommunication has now been rectified! Some holidays etc.

The normality of FREE nibbles on the bar will of course be even better this week. The national treasure that is “guess the wine competition” is back and will be supplied by a mystery donor to get us back on track. It will be a red to give you a skiffy! Nobody remembers who won it last time! The bar will open about 5pm. Sorry I can’t be more precise.  Thanks for all your support.

Rugby. Last weekend saw the first home game since mid-December and what a weekend it was! Falkirk put to the sword twice, once by the senior team and then on Sunday the Eagles D.C Titans S2 also beat Falkirk in the Cup. The U18’s won against Kirkcaldy and the S1 Eagles beat Strathmore. Not too dusty a weekend Rugby wise?

This weekend the 1sts make the long trip west to engage Marr RFC in the Cup.

Scotland go to Rome hoping to start their 6 Nations campaign. C’mon Scotland.

Up-coming events. The Club Spring Ball including the player’s awards presentations at the Apex Hotel on 23rd April is filling up nicely so get these tables finalised NOW. Ken McNeebs the man with the plan.

The Terry Alison memorial dinner is fully booked at the Invercarse Hotel wed 30th March. Social events? Not sure, but sure we will hear something soon!



Nothing much in the news this week apart from some sort of referendum looming! In out shake it all about. “The Donald” is kicking up a storm in the US and has got into trouble with a neighbour over a wall. A high ranking cleric has intervened.

Nothing this week concerning Native Americans or cowboys. But plenty cowboy stories to come soon! We all love a wee cowboy story.

We hope you have a great rugby weekend and the double at Ladbrokes for a Dundee and Scotland win should see you in comfort for some time to come.


Office Bearer Announcement

Dear members,

Due due to the new work arrangements of Club President Fraser Clarkson which means he will be away from the Club for extended periods and some match days for the rest of this season , the club management Committee have met to discuss this situation and options available on how to move forward until the end of this season and the AGM due to take place by 15/06/16.

AS a result of the above meeting held on 22/02/2016, As per the constitution of the club and as we have a vacancy in the current office bearers ,the management committee of The Club have appointed Gerry Tosh as Vice President until the end of the season 2015/16.

Gerry will be a good substitute for Fraser during these absences and deserves the support of all volunteers, members and supporters.

Would all members when writing to Fraser or Gerry please copy the other so no communication is missed concerning Club business.


Dundee HSFP RFC Management Committee.

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Fraser Clarkson (left).                                        Gerry Tosh

Remaining Club Fixtures

5 MarchLeagueMusselburgh (H)Musselburgh (H) 
12 MarchLeagueGHA (A)GHA (A)13th – Scotland v France
19 MarchLeagueKelso (H)No FixtureIreland V Scotland
26 MarchLeagueMarr (H)Marr (H) 
2 AprilLeagueJedforest (H)Hawick YM (H) 
9 AprilSevensMelrose  
16 AprilLeagueWatsonians (H)  

Dundee HSFP (27) v Falkirk (19), Mayfield, 20th Feb 2016

Match Report

Mayfield was on the soft side and a keen wind was blowing from the Pavilion end as Dundee kicked off this postponed third round BT Cup tie, and were penalised very early on. Falkirk kicked to touch, but lost the line-out. A knock-on hampered Dundee and a second penalty allowed the Falkirk stand-off a goal chance from the 22 and he duly obliged, putting the visitors 0-3 ahead after just 4 minutes.

Dundee resumed on the attack with some good, sustained possession and early suggestions of Dundee scrum superiority were confirmed when Falkirk opted for another line out after a Dundee squint throw. When Dundee were penalised on the Falkirk 10 metre line Falkirk kicked to touch and drove the line-out possession to the Dundee 22. Dundee were again penalised and Falkirk tried a quick tap and go, but were pulled back by the referee and resorted instead to a straightforward penalty goal, again by their stand-off. A quarter of the match played and Falkirk were ahead 0-6.

Good Dundee possession again resulted after the kick-off, but a knock-on stopped the threat. A free-kick was awarded against Falkirk, however, and Dundee pressed forward for a try by Josh Rutnagur, which Dunce Leese converted. 24 minutes played and Dundee were ahead, 7-6.

Dundee continued to have the majority of the possession, and a line-out drive from the Falkirk 10 m to 22 m lines looked ominous, but was eventually held and the half ended without further scoring.

Half-time: Dundee 7 Falkirk 6

Despite playing against the wind, Dundee had enough of the game to be further ahead, and the set scrum was exerting pressure on Falkirk, but, without a potent cutting thrust, seldom did it seem that possession was to be turned into points.

Two early penalties enabled Falkirk to gain the Dundee 22 and stand-off Brins slotted the second one to regain the lead for Falkirk after 2 minutes of the half. 7-9.

Dundee resumed, again on the offensive, but their hopes were given a severe dent when the Falkirk scrum-half, Russell, intercepted a pass well inside his own half and raced unopposed to the Dundee line for a try which stand-of Brins converted. 7-16, after 46 minutes.

Worse was to come for Dundee six minutes later when a penalty for talking back allowed Brins to land a long-range penalty, increasing Falkirk’s lead to 12 points: 7-19 with 52 minutes played.

With no evidence of panic, however, Dundee hit back at pace and secured a long period of possession in the Falkirk 22. When the visitors were temporarily reduced to 14 men, Dundee made the pressure tell and, after a quick drive, Alan Brown barged over under the posts, giving Duncan Leese the simplest of conversions. 58 minutes played and Dundee within distance at 14-19.

There was a brighter aspect to Dundee’s play now and they continued to attack, with the lion’s share of possession. When Falkirk were penalised, Dundee kicked to touch in the Falkirk 22 and exerted a big drive from the line-out to reach the Falkirk 5 metre line. The ball was then flung right, where Mike Brown was on hand to run in for the score. Duncan’s kick was unsuccessful and the scores were level at 19-all with 66 minutes gone.

Mid-field penalty exchanges prevented any sustained continuity, but when Dundee were awarded one penalty, they kicked to touch on the Falkirk 22. There was a repeat of the line-out drive of the first half, but this time the pack made it all the way to the Falkirk line for Gavin Hughan to touch down . The conversion attempt was again unsuccessful but Dundee were again ahead, 24-19 after 73 minutes.

Dundee continued to press for the remainder of the match, but stout Falkirk defence prevented further scoring, until the very last kick. Having missed with a penalty attempt in the Falkirk 22, Duncan, made no mistake with a second opportunity, closing out the game as the final whistle followed the goal.

Full-time: Dundee 27 Falkirk 19

A victory which was probably deserved, given the amount of possession and scrum superiority. With a greater attacking thrust, the win might have been secured more comfortably, but that would be to deny the excellent defensive display by Falkirk.


Tries: Rutnagur, A Brown, M Brown, Hughan

Conversions: Leese (2)

Penalties: Leese

Dundee Man of the Match: Gavin Hughan