Dundee High Rugby announce a double first and a unique meeting. This event will occur on Sat 4th Feb at their annual 6 Nations lunch in Edinburgh at the Royal Scots Club, before Scotland play Ireland that day.
This will be the first time the Rugby Oor Wullie, currently being well looked after by Andy Lothian and his company Insights, will have been to Edinburgh and is looking forward to meeting his hero, Irish Rugby Legend Fergus Slattery, who is the key note speaker at the lunch.
David Leslie and Roger Baird will also be adding glamour to the occasion and they are, as is Fergus, reportedly looking forward to getting Oor Wullie’s autograph! This unique event will be witnessed by about 170 guests at the lunch. Will they and Oor Wullie see a win for Scotland? Stay tuned!
GRAB A BARGAIN FOR YOUR BONCE, ONLY £15 FOR A OFFICIAL BOBBLE HAT
There are a variety of different heeds at the club. Dunder heeds, Ba Heeds, Clever Heeds, Bonnie Heads and follically challenged heeds! So if your amongst the ranks of the baldy’s or getting there, or simply want to look more fashionable this winter, why not become a bobble heed!?
Dundee Rugby have pushed the boat out with their latest foray into the fashion world, and are offering these limited edition bobble hats as part of this years official merchandise.
Although you might not see these in Milan Fashion week, they have been very popular amongst the players and several orders are already in. Available @ only £15 it’s a Bargain for your Bonce!
So if you fancy some of this, why not message Gavin Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org (no massive heed jokes for him please) or the resident bullfrog/president Gerry Tosh email@example.com
A cold, dreich January day, with a soft pitch, welcomed Premiership visitors Stirling County to Mayfield for this 3rd round BT Cup tie, officiated by an English exchange referee.
Dundee kicked off and it was not long before the first scrum, and an ominous warning to the Dundee eight as they were shunted backwards and penalised. Stirling kicked to touch and drove the line-out maul for some 20 metres. Three drives followed before Colin Hutton barged over for the opening score, converted by Johnny Hope, to put Stirling ahead, 0-7 after five minutes.
Stirling came close to scoring again when a seemingly easy line-out drive brought them to the Dundee line, where the ball was held up. A free kick was awarded against Dundee at the resultant scrum and Stirling took the kick quickly to drive for the line again. This time, however, Stirling were penalised and Dundee were able to clear the danger to touch, although Dundee lost the line-out and Stirling were back on the attack. A telegraphed pass was well read by Andy Dymock, however, and he raced clear from well inside the Dundee half, to score wide out on the left. A fine kick from Ewan Fox levelled the scores at 7-7 with 14 minutes played.
Stirling were penalised after the restart, but Dundee missed touch, leading to an exchange of kicks, then Stirling’s No 8, Ruairidh Leishman, gathered the ball and put in a neat grubber kick down the left wing, before falling on the ball for a try, converted by Johnny Hope to put Stirling ahead, 7-14 after 17 minutes.
Some good Dundee possession led to Stirling being forced into touch at their corner flag, but the line-out difficulty which was to affect Dundee throughout the afternoon, meant a lost ball and a lost chance, as Stirling cleared to touch. Dundee lost that line-out too and Stirling moved the ball well to reach the Dundee 5 metre line. The ball ended up in touch and Dundee won the line-out, only for their clearance kick to hit a player, losing ground. Stirling won their ball at the line-out and again drove Dundee back, for Ruairidh Leishman to claim a second try, again well converted by Johnny Hope from wide on the left. 23 minutes played and Stirling were ahead, 7-21.
Three minutes later, Dundee were back in the game. Stirling were penalised and Dundee found touch in the visitors’ 22. For once, the ball was won and a series of drives ended with Johnny Gibson powering over. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, but the gap was reduced: 12-21 and Dundee remained in touch for the remainder of the half.
Half-time: Dundee HSFP 12 Stirling County 21
An ominous start, with Dundee looking frail at set pieces against the Stirling pack, but, as the half wore on, Dundee were coming more into the game and the break perhaps came at the wrong time.
In the event, it was but 4 minutes into the second half before Stirling made the game safe. Stirling found touch some 10 metres from the Dundee line and, when Dundee were penalised at the line-out, Stirling opted for a scrum. Dundee were again penalise and this time, Stirling kicked for touch and a couple of drives took them over the Dundee line, with Mike McDonald claiming the score, Johnny Hope again adding the two points to make it 12 -28.
The lead was increased after 56 minutes, when Stirling, pressing in the Dundee 22, ended a spell of possession with a grubber through to the goal area and Andrew Grant-Suttie fell on the ball for an unconverted try, making it 12 – 33.
Some good and enterprising movement after the re-start raised Dundee spirits, and Dundee even managed a heel against the head, but Stirling’s defence was sound and the scoreboard did not move until right on the final whistle when Stirling took advantage of Dundee losing possession in midfield. The ball was moved right and ended with Ross Jones diving over. The kick was missed and the whistle sounded for no-side.
Full-time: Dundee HSFP 12 Stirling County 38
Always up against it in terms of bulk and power up front, and with evident frailty at the set piece, Dundee nevertheless competed, and moved the ball, well in difficult conditions, although the Stirling defence was seldom seriously threatened.
Team to play Stirling County, at Mayfield 1.30pm KO:
15. Fraser Mckay
14. Ryan Fairweather
13. Duncan Leese
12. Jack Broadley
11. Callum Bowie
10. Ewan Fox
9. Andy Dymock
8. Angus Fraser
7. Dayle Turner
6. Colin Strachan
5. George Arnott
4. Jack Anderson
3. Lewis Mclean
2. Cameron Mathieson
1. Jonny Gibson
16. AN Other
17. Neil Turnbull
18. Andrew Clarkson
19. Kaleem Barreto
20. Christy O’Donnell
TFI Friday recommences this Fri with bar open at 5.32pm. FREE nibbles will be supplied and a suitable wine will be available for almost FREE tasting and guessing!
Rugby last Sat we were winning the game at half time but fell short in the 2nd half to lose the game to league leaders Marr. This week we have the visit of Stirling County from the Premiership for a Cup tie at Mayfield with a 1.30 KO. Please note that with Cup games your season ticket will not be valid and normal entry prices apply.
The Mighty Titans held league leaders Stirling to a 28-28 draw last Sat and travel to B/Muir for another Premiership contest. All the best to all our players.
In the news. 10 million people turned up in person at our Burns Night which has been confirmed as a world record. It was a beautiful thing. Everybody was great especially the President. It was great and we put the great back into Burns who is a great person, always has been. Burns is a very smart guy he is smart and a beautiful human being.
We have a lunch on Sat in the Clubhouse and we will be very busy. Hope you have a great rugby weekend.
The Titans held County to a thrilling 27 all draw at this weekends’ game at Mayfield.
As the Titans squad arrived at Mayfield on Saturday to find Stirling already there ( a slight misjudgement on the time it would take to get from Stirling to Dundee on their part) two late call offs also came through. Undeterred the side was shuffled and Dundee took the field ready to take on the league leaders. A really bright start saw The Titans work the ball through the phases for Yousif Alagilly to touch down for Dundee’s first score duly converted by Andrew Burgess after just over 1 minute of play. 7 minutes later the Titans had worked good field position and when they were awarded a penalty Andy stepped up again to convert to give Dundee a 10-0 lead. Stirling started to click and the Titans were struggling to get their hands on the ball to put their phases together. Eventually territory and possession resulted in Stirling crashing over for a try to bring the score back to 10-5. Stirling now in their stride dominated possession and staunch defence from Dundee held them out. Penalties were handing Stirling easy field position. Deep in the half Dundee had defended a rolling maul and several phases to hold Stirling up short of the line and win a scrum 5 metres out. The ball was struck cleanly but squirted out the side with the County 9 being the first to react to pounce on it for an easy score. The conversion was missed and the sides turned round 10-10
County had the better of the early exchanges of the second half. A speculative high kick and a misjudgement saw the ball bounce clean into the hands of the advancing Stirling backs for them to take an easy try which was converted to give them the lead for the first time. The Titans battled back and strong running and good phase play took them into the County 22. The game had been a physical encounter both in the set piece and the loose and Dundee Titans lost both their props in the same passage of play. The game had to go to uncontested scrums. Dundee kept up the pressure and after several barrages towards the County line some deft footwork and a pirouette saw Struan Gartley get clear to dive over from short range. Andy again converted to level the game at 17-17.
Stirling started to play a more territorial game and pumped the ball deep closing down the Dundee back 3. A deep kick was followed up by a turnover and easy run in for Stirling to again take the lead 22-17. Stirling kept pushing in to the far corner and again worked a good score out wide to extend their lead to 27-17. That seemed to rally the Titans and they started to play the best rugby of the day with strong running, good linking and good offloading confidence was growing and Dundee worked the ball from one side to the other with crisp hands and good timing of the passes putting Brenton Bekker,on his return to action, away for a well taken try out wide. The conversion was missed. Now the Titans tails were up and they carried on as they had left off with time running out they kept possession and deft hands and good angles of running were finished off with another try from Yousif again out wide. The conversion was missed and the whistle blew for no side as the contest ended 27-27. Both sides took 3 points from the afternoon in a game played with great endeavour and in great spirit. A great advert for rugby and a huge thank you to all those who helped out on the day and those who supported. Some really strong collective and individual performances but most of all a great team spirit.
Here is a selection of pictures from the action
Scott Doig, Charlie Wilson, Craig MacPhee, Struan Gartley, Brenton Bekker, Niall Hall, Fraser Curran, Robert Cabemaiwasa, Max Morrison, Henry Sampson, Andrew Burgess, Yousif Alagilly, Tim Mckavanagh, Christy O’Donnell, Ewan Campbell, Cameron Gray, Ceillem Stewart, Jordan Snitch Dhugal Paterson
Dundee HSFP lined up this weekend with a surprise inclusion in the back row.
Longtime Inside Centre Colin Strachan made the switch into the back row for the 1st XV fixture against Marr at Fullerton Park.
The move went as expected with the powder puff back frae Brechin coping a sore one to the puss and a sare paw as well.
This reiterates the that backs can’t hack the rough stuff, with only forwards able to switch the other way, from being a pack horse to a prancing pony. (examples include Richy V from 8 to Centre and Levi from 8 to full back)
However, there is one exception. Beezy Barlow (who is often an exception to the rule) continues to make the number on his back lower.
The league international, started his senior rugby adventure at centre and then back row and news from NZ is that he is considering a move to loose head.
A source from Beez’s new club in Dunedin said “this boy better be able to play, he has spent the last few months building up hype!”.
Apparently Baz has been seeking advise from another Dundee player that has moved from back row to prop, Alan Brown. Beez said, ” everything else Big Al has helped or advised me of has gone really well, so I thought I’ll ask my old mate for some tips so that I can dominate” . That’s the spirit Stu.
All this moving about has sparked some other interesting suggestions within the squad for positional changes. Colin Sangster is said to be considering swapping Foxy and Keg around, as it would harden up Foxy and release Keg’s magical play making ability. Let’s wait and see.
Dundee flew out of the blocks, racing to 17-0 lead in 12 minutes and causing at least a few of the Fullarton faithful to wonder if their 2-year unbeaten home league record might be in jeopardy. As it was, they needn’t have worried.
Marr won the toss and elected to play in their favoured direction, leaving Dundee with a kick-off which failed to travel 10 metres. To the visiting followers’ delight, the first scrum showed a Dundee dominance which had been missing recently. That scrum was re-set, Dundee pushed Marr of the ball, kicked ahead, won possession and Marr were penalised. Ewan Fox kicked the goal and Dundee were ahead 0-3 after 3 minutes.
Scrummage dominance continued for Dundee and, a couple of line-outs later, the ball was moved left, then right, when a break by George Arnott led to the ball being transferred to Ryan Fairweather, who dashed through at pace to score between the posts, leaving Foxy a simple conversion. 0-10 with 5 minutes played.
Dundee continued to dominate play with periods of sustained possession and the pressure told in 12 minutes, when Fraser McKay chipped ahead down the left wing and Foxy fell on the ball for a try which he converted from near the touchline. 0-17 – could an upset be on the cards?
Penalties, which were eventually to blight Dundee’s cause, started to take their toll and from one, Marr kicked to the corner. The subsequent drive brought another penalty, which they again kicked to the corner and, this time, the line-out drive was successful, although the conversion attempt wasn’t. 5-17 after 17 minutes.
It had been an excellent first quarter by Dundee, but, ominously for the visitors, Marr were coming more into the game. A spell of good Marr possession saw the ball moved up the right, then across field for Conor Bickerstaff to burst through for an unconverted try, 10-17 with 25 minutes on the clock.
Marr were penalised shortly after the re-start and Foxy grabbed another three points with a well-struck penalty, to make it 10-20 after 28 minutes.
Dundee’s efforts were not being helped by a miss-firing line-out and, with both defences remaining strong, half-time was reached with no further score.
Half-time: Marr 10 Dundee 20
A good start by Dundee, but Marr were back in the game by half time and, with wind, slope and sun in their favour, must have fancied their chances of turning things around in the second half.
In the event, it was a half dominated by Marr, assisted by Dundee indiscipline, which saw a skewed penalty count against and two yellow cards to forwards, taking their toll on the previously dominant set scrum.
It took Marr 10 minutes to score again, with No 8 Ben Johnston picking from the base of a scrum and, with Dundee missing a yellow-carded forward, having a relatively easy stroll to the line. Colin Sturgeon converted and Marr were within sight, 17 – 20.
A quickly-taken penalty, five minutes later, by Marr led to their next score, by Mackenzie Pearce. It was not converted, but Marr were in the lead, 22 – 20.
To give Dundee some hope, Ewan Fox kicked a penalty goal three minutes later to restore the visitors’ lead at 22-23.
Five minutes later and a touch judge intervention gave Marr a penalty which they kicked to touch in the Dundee 22. the following line-out drive led to a penalty try, converted by Sturgeon and Marr were back in the lead, 29 -23, Dundee being depleted for the following ten minutes by their second yellow card.
Scores were happening at regular 5-minute intervals and the next, in 68 minutes, came after Marr had kicked through to the Dundee 22. Dundee’s clearance to touch led to a Marr-won lineout and the ball was moved right, for a try by replacement Stuart Howie, converted by Sturgeon. Marr now looking comfortable at 36 -23.
Five minutes later, on cue, Marr, and, particularly Ben Johnston, took advantage of the depleted Dundee back row and he was able to run in, virtually unopposed, from a scrum near the Dundee line. Sturgeon again obliged with the extra points and Marr were away, twenty points ahead at 43-23.
It was Marr again five minutes later, after a poor Dundee clearance attempt gave Marr possession, ending with a clear run in for Conor Bickerstaff’s second try, converted by Sturgeon and notching up Marr’s half-century with two minutes of normal time remaining.
To their credit, Dundee continued their efforts and, after Marr were penalised, Dundee found touch near the corner and drove the line-out over for a touch down by Ali Mackie. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful and the whistle sounded for no-side.
Full-time: Marr 50 Dundee 28
Something of clichéd “game of two halves” with Dundee’s superb early showing being undone by a hugely disappointing second half where determination and commitment appeared to have evaporated and where indiscipline in terms of penalties and suspensions proved costly.
Quick update re- TFI Friday this week. We are open as usual from 6.32pm and will run seamlessly into the Burns night with guests arriving from 6.45pm.
Will Rabbie be making an appearance prior to his supper? You will need to come along just in case. No guess the wine this week as the chosen supplier of said wine is otherwise indisposed.
Bar snacks might not be needed but could stretch to crisps for the odd TFI Friday enthusiast! Donald Trump sends his apologies as he is at some do in Washington. No he didn’t say! What could possibly “gang awry”? See what I did there?
Remember we are playing away at Marr tomorrow and the bus leaves at 9.45am (yes in the morning!) and the Titans are scheduled to be at home to Stirling RFC with a 2pm KO. Good luck to all our players!
Hope you have a great weekend.