Dundee HSFP v Musselburgh , Mayfield , 28th October 2017
After another close defeat in the borders last Saturday (this time 24-20 to
Jedforest),Dundee went into this match frustrated to be only in 6 th place in BT
National One. Their opponents, Musselburgh , were in 10 th place , having
suffered a defeat at home to Aberdeen Grammar last week.
The chat before the match round the Mayfield Bar was “Had Musselburgh
ever won at Mayfield? No-one could remember such an occasion, with the
obvious follow up comments hopefully this would not be the first time.
The clubhouse was soon buzzing following the arrival of the 78 Lunch Club
guests – thanks to all who came along – and well done to the Lunch Club
team of Gerry, Sandy, Derek, Rob, Matt and Ron who, as always, put on a
show par excellence.
The Dundee team was on familiar lines – Danny Levison was out due to work
commitments, but having Ally Mackie as a replacement is pretty damn good
fall back position and Ally showed he was back to full fitness with a
performance of awesome power.
However one familiar name was missing – Broonie – for the justifiable reason
that his wife was expecting any day now. Best wishes to Mr and Mrs Broonie
from all of us at Mayfield.
Injuries still ruled out Leesey and Paddy .
The Titans were also playing Musselburgh on the bottom pitch and Jim
Michie was able to field a strong looking team including welcome returns
from injury for Ronan, Kevin Franco and Fraser McKay. Indeed it was pointed
out that the Titans team included 13 players who had played for the 1 st XV –
the one beneficial by-product of the ongoing injury problems which Coach
Sangster has had to contend with over the last 2 season is that he now has a
large pool of players with 1 st XV experience.
As the Dundee team ran onto the pitch in their change tangerine jerseys , the
uncomfortable thought hit your reporter that the last time he watched a
team play in tangerine, they had left the pitch to the boos of their supporters
and the manager was sacked after the match. However, I reassured myself
that there is more chance of Dundee FC winning the Champions League than
our Head Coach Colin Sangster suffering the same fate as Ray McKinnon the
recently departed Dundee United manager.
The match got underway, with the first 10 minutes fairly even, with both sets
of packs trying to establish dominance.
Dundee went ahead in 12 minutes when after a break by Andy Redmayne,
Josh and Rory shipped the ball to Neil Herron just inside the Musselburgh 22.
Neil stepped inside his man and accelerated past the full back to score near
the posts. Keiran added the conversion. 7-0 to Dundee.
The next score came in 22 minutes when Andy Redmayne – once again
superb in the line outs – stole a Musselburgh line out which led to a driving
maul held up just short of the Musselburgh line. From the resultant scrum
however, Ally Mackie did a number 8 pick-up and sheer brute force carried
him and 3 Musselburgh defenders over the line. Keiran missed the
conversion. 12-0 Dundee.
Musselburgh’s game plan was to keep the ball amongst the forwards and a
forward’s battle ensued. The Dundee defence held firm and Dundee went
further ahead in 22 minutes when Ally Mackie again displayed his power by
smashing over for another try. Keiran converted . 19-0 Dundee.
Musselburgh continued the same tactics, with a midfield penalty kicked to
touch for a line out near the Dundee line. Good Dundee defence repelled
several attempts by Musselburgh players to batter over the Dundee line but
the pressure eventually told when centre Hibbert scored a try. The
conversion was scored by Owenson. 19-7 Dundee
Prior to this Dundee’s Angus Farquhar (who had replaced the injured Neil
Turnbull) received a yellow card.
Half Time – Dundee 19 Musselburgh 7
During the half time break, attention turned to the Titans match in which the
second half had started, with the Titans 3 tries up . It was noted that Titans
had brought on a new 10, a player by the name of Andy Dymock. He looked
quite a tidy player and the word amongst the punters watching the Titans
was that “the boy looked good” and he had the ability to play at a higher
Into the second half in the 1 st XV match and early in the second half, a further
injury to Dundee, with winger Evan Fairweather replaced by Jack Paladini.
Musselburgh were enjoying the lion’s share of possession at this stage and
reduced the deficit further when Australian flanker Graham scored a try,
taking the score to Dundee 19 Musselburgh 12.
Almost immediately, however, Dundee went further ahead when following a
misplaced Musselburgh kick, Neil Herron found space and accelerated to
score between the posts. Keiran converted . Dundee 26 Musselburgh 12.
Musselburgh to their credit came back again and it was during a period of
pressure on the Dundee 22 that following another penalty, Dundee’s Angus
Fraser was given a yellow card.
This caused a reshuffle in the Dundee ranks , with Ceillem Stewart coming on
as hooker and Angus Farquhar being taken off , making it the 3 rd time he had
made a solo entrance/exit onto the pitch.
The number were evened when the Musselburgh prop Owenson was yellow
carded for a high tackle.
Dundee then ran the changes with Henry Sampson replacing Ross Lemon and
Angus Farquhar made his 4 th solo entrance replacing the injured Lewis
The game was getting looser now, evidenced by Dundee prop Lewis McLean
intercepting a pass just outside the Dundee 22 and setting off for the
Musselburgh line. Roared on by the crowd willing him to go the distance ,
Lewis showed impressive pace – particularly for a prop- to get to the
Musselburgh 22 , but agonisingly his pass to the supporting Josh did not go to
Angus Fraser then returned to the fray and immediately made an impact,
bursting off a ruck, bouncing 2 Musselburgh players before setting up a pass
for Josh to score. The conversion was missed. 31 – 12 Dundee.
Following this score, Musselburgh seemingly decided to abandon their 10
man rugby game plan and throw the ball around. This allied to Dundee’s
willingness to keep the ball moving from anywhere led to a period of rugby
which can only be described as helter skelter.
From one of Musselburgh’s ambitious moves, Josh – who had now moved to
wing with Henry at 9 – intercepted a pass and skipped in for another try,
converted by Keiran . 38-12 Dundee.
The tangerine machine was now cutting loose and keeping the ball alive at
every opportunity and the Mayfield crowd were being royally entertained.
Josh completed his hattrick of tries after a flowing backs move gave him an
overlap to score in the corner. The conversion was missed. 43-12 Dundee.
Again to their credit, Musselburgh kept at it and were awarded with a further
try from winger Watt. Conversion missed. 43-17 Dundee.
In the last play however, Dundee got the final score , courtesy of a try by
captain George Arnott. Keiran converted .
Final Score – Dundee HSFP 50 Musselburgh 17
In the words of Head Coach Colin Sangster , his team “eventually got things
together and played as they can”.
Indeed they did and the last 15 minutes were very entertaining for the crowd
as both sides threw the ball around.
There were strong performances from Ally Mackie ,Andy Redmayne and
young hooker Angus Fraser (what a prospect he is) and in the backs , Neil
Herron again demonstrated that he is one class act while fellow centre
Hammy just did the right thing at the right time.
Credit too to hat trick hero , Josh.
Your reporter would hate to be regarded as impartial , but I do think that the
scoreline was a tad harsh on Musselburgh. Others may disagree.
The strong Titans team beat Musselburgh 49-7 , so that was 99 points
between the 2 Dundee teams – an impressive tally .
This set the players up nicely for the annual Fancy Dress party scheduled for
Saturday night in the clubhouse.
At the time of filing this report ahead of the Sunday 5pm deadline, reports
back from the fancy dress party are somewhat (but understandably) sketchy.
However , it would appear that the best costume was loyal sponsor and
medical support guru Dave Rankine in a full swim suit with flippers – good on
you Dave , with the good news is that there are no reports of Dave’s medical
expertise being required throughout the evening , even though “The Lung”
was produced and consumed by a number of new 1 st XV players.
Next week sees Dundee head north to take on Aberdeen Grammar .
Grammar are going well just now , with successive victories over
Musselburgh and Cartha Queens Park , so a tough game is in prospect.
However , with another victory under their belt and players now coming back
from injury to increase the depth of the squad , Dundee will travel to
Aberdeen confident of retaining the Dallas Allardice Cup.
Well another busy week in the build up to another fabulous TFI Friday™. Last weeks wine was guessed correctly by a lady who wants anonymity so I cant upload a picture of Lynda McKay.
We respect your request. The wine for this weeks guess the wine competition© will be supplied by a Property Magnet from B/Ferry. You will be drawn to it! Oh another homophone! See what I did there? Brilliant. FREE nibbles will feature prominently so if you have a contribution please do not resist your urge. Bar will open at/by or near 5.32pm.
Rugby. Narrow loss at Jed last week earned a bonus point. Jed 24-20 Dundee. Titans game was called off v Hawick.
This week we host Musselburgh RFC both teams in action at Mayfield and both games have a 3pm KO. All the best lads! The famous Caley Reds are back in action on Tue the 7th Nov v The South in a replay of the game last year at Jed. It’s a 7.30 ko and a pre game carvery is available which includes the entry cost of £10. Priced at only £20 with all proceeds going to the Doddie Weir Trust. If interested please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org Famous TV and radio personality John Beattie is the speaker.
After the game on Sat there is the annual Halloween nonsense so if you want to join in you will need to wear something ridiculous and be frightening. If you fancy attending get in touch with Herr RoJo
This Week in History 1881 just a few months before the rugby club was formed Pablo Picasso was born. He would later go on to enjoy quite a bit of Rugby Union and eventually extended an invite to Dundee Demons @ the Benidorm 7’s. A decision he would later regret.
Jesus Christ Superstar was also released this week in 1970 and is loosely based on our saint like saviour Alan Brown. Luv a bit of history and if you know it can make our hearts go oh oh oh etc…..
We hope you have a great rugby weekend.
Halloween at Dundee High Rugby means the annual Halloween party.
Halloween, as we are all aware is an opportunity for younger aspiring sportsmen and woman to dress up and hunt for sweeties. Unfortunately, none of us are of such an age anymore. So, what better alternative to come to Mayfield Clubhouse and enjoy a few cold ones with your rugby family.
The party is due to kick off at 7.30 where you will be greeted with a smile and a cocktail at the door.
We have a few games lined up and a few costume based prizes (individual and group).
There are some drink deals sorted and the plan is to take full advantage of these and party well into the night (circa 11.30pm, Angus’ bedtime).
Of course, we are an open clubby, so tickets are open to friends, family and female friends who you may or may not be dating (just to clear that up for you George).
This is a tradition at this club and not a party to be missed.
Tickets cost £7. Tickets will also be sold at the door, however, they will be limited so to avoid missing out find me on Thursday and get them early.
Here are a few pictures from the last party.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN 🎃👽👹
Indoor training will commence at the Brae Riding School, on Tuesday evenings only, for all senior players. This will be on the 31st October 2017 and every Tuesday after that until further notice.
This is an excellent facility and allows us to keep up high intensity training and the dry well lit area benefits skills training.
The one draw back is that there needs to be a nugget inspector. This task falls to the youngest in the squad but with Angus and Kaleem now big time McAlpines we’re not sure who should take up this mantle?
Keen to impress Angus Fraser’s namesake Farquhar is said to be keen to fulfill the role! Well done Angus.
Training will continue at Mayfield every Thursday evening as normal.
Brae Riding School, 1 Linlathen Grove, Dundee DD5 3GL
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Jed-Forest RFC 24 Dundee High Rugby 20
21 October 2017
There are few more beautiful spots on an autumn afternoon than Riverside Park in Jedburgh, with the autumnal trees providing a glorious back drop on what was an afternoon made for rugby. “Just like Mayfield, but without the oilrigs” was how one Dundee wag saw it. Indeed, it was just as well there was something nice to look at for the travelling supporters, as they had a whole 2 hours to kill after the supercharged Smith & Sons team bus had rolled into Jed a record breaking 2 plus hours before kick-off.
All week, coach Colin Sangster had been hammering home the message, “The first 20 minutes is vital.” Yet in contrast to the bus’s performance, Dundee started the game so sluggishly that it seemed like they were stuck in neutral, let alone first gear, and after 20 minutes they found themselves 14 points down to a Jed side who were willing and able to run back any possession Dundee obligingly gave them.
Dundee had kicked off with what breeze there was, with full back Kieran Scoular pulling a penalty chance wide from 30 metres out after 4 minutes. The first scrum followed moments later, and in a sign of things to come led to one of many cutting breaks by the Jed backs, with Jed’s No. 11 Robbie Shirra-Gibb doing the damage this time. Good scramble defence stopped them just short of the line, Dundee disrupted the ensuing Jed scrum, and the danger was cleared. However, alarm bells were clearly ringing in the Dundee camp, and for the next 10 minutes it was all Jed – constant pressure, penalties and driving line out mauls. Finally, from 15 metres out, Jed scrum half Sean Goodfellow sniped round the side and Rory McGinn was unable to hold him up over the line. No. 10 Yourston converted and it was 7 – 0 to Jed with just under a quarter of an hour gone.
There was no respite for a Dundee team who were very much under siege as their slow start continued, and Jed were soon back knocking on Dundee’s line. From a 5 metre lineout, following a number of recycles, Jed’s No. 1 Connor Hogg battered over from round the side of a ruck, with Yourston again adding the extra points to make it Jed 14 Dundee 0, with around 20 minutes gone.
At last Dundee started to edge back into the game, and after a good spell in Jed’s half, which made for a welcome change, a Scoular penalty on 26 minutes put Dundee on the scoreboard, albeit still 14 – 3 down. It proved to be a brief respite, however, with Dundee all too often giving Jed easy possession, which they were delighted to return with interest. An 80 metre break led to a desperate chase as Jed’s quality full back, Lewis Young, chipped over the last Dundee defender, and Evan Fairweather did well to get back to the ball first and snuff out a likely try. However, just a few minutes later, after a Dundee lineout deep in Jed’s 22 had misfired, once again Jed ran first phase ball from the resulting scrum and this time full back Young kept ball in hand and outpaced everyone on a 75 metre run to score in the left hand corner. Yourston landed the difficult conversion with ease. Jed 21 Dundee 3, with just a few minutes left till half time.
Dundee regrouped, Scoular landed another penalty, and in the last play of the half, as we at last put some good pressure on the Jed defence, Alan Brown forced his way over from short range but frustratingly was held up over the line – no try. The half time whistle sounded to leave it still 21 – 6 in Jed’s favour, and with plenty for Dundee to think about during the interval.
Dundee made 2 changes at half time, Ally Mackie coming on for Neil Turnbull, with Geo moving up to 2nd row, and in the backs Josh Rutnagur replacing Henry Samson at scrum half.
Once again, Dundee started slowly after the break, and Jed made good use of Dundee errors and turnovers to keep asking questions of an often stretched Dundee defence. Gradually, however, Dundee were starting to gel more, and Ally Mackie, prominent since his introduction, intercepted a Jed pass and set off for the Jed line. Hauled down on the Jed 22, the ball broke to Dundee No. 1 James Forrester, who looked like he would go over, but was denied just short, and another gilt edged chance had gone abegging. Dundee centre Neil Herron, also showing up well, was next to break off a Dundee scrum, but his kick ahead was scrambled clear.
A slew of penalties in Dundee’s favour was helping their cause, but despite a number of warnings, the referee seemed reluctant to go to his pocket and produce the yellow card. However, a penalty against Jed for collapsing the scrum led eventually to Ally Mackie being driven over from short range, with Kieran Scoular’s conversion making the score Jed 21 Dundee 13 after 63 minutes. Somehow, Dundee were still well in contention, and at last looking like they might start to fire on all cylinders. Unfortunately, a Jed penalty, slotted by their No. 10 kicking machine after 68 minutes, made it Jed 24 Dundee 13, and stalled some of Dundee’s growing momentum.
It was a see saw game. Much to the dismay of the Jed faithful, referee Todd called back Jed No. 12 Monty Mitchell after he had burst clear, from what looked like a forward pass to all concerned – other of course than those wearing Jed colours! Dundee were then lucky not to concede another try as full back Scoular just won the race in the in-goal area to defuse a Jed kick ahead.
In an absorbing encounter, Dundee once more threw everything at Jed as the clock ticked down and after a fine break by scrum half Josh Rutnagur, a try looked on until Dundee’s man of the match, No. 7 Lewis McNamara, was halted 10 metres out by some abrasive Jed defence, forcing him to leave the field with a bloodied nose. Neil Turnbull went back on, as did Henry Sampson to replace a limping Rory McGinn. Time was running out, and a couple of penalties helped Jed work their way back to the Dundee 22, where they opted for the scrum, rather than kick the penalty, hoping to get the try that would give them the bonus point. Instead, it was Dundee who got the try, Neil Herron intercepting and setting off on a 90 metre run to the Jed line, with Scoular adding the 2 points. That, however, proved to be the last play of the game, and so it finished Jed-Forest 24 Dundee 20.
Reflections Dundee were far from their best, and we did well to run high flying Jed as closely as they did, given the way we played. However, there is far more to come from this Dundee side, and the coaches’ challenge is how to draw that out of this young side, especially on their travels.
- Kieran Scoular, 14. Evan Fairweather, 13. Neil Herron, 12. Andrew Hamilton, 11. Danny McGinn, 10. Rory McGinn; 9. Henry Sampson
8. Danny Levison, 7. Lewis McNamara, 6. George Arnott, 5. Andy Redmayne, 4. Neil Turnbull, 3. Alan Brown, 2. Angus Fraser, 1. James Forrester
Substitutes 16. Chris Cartmell, 17. Lewis Mclean, 18. Alasdair Mackie, 19. Josh Rutnagur, 20. Sean Gauld
1st XV to play Jed (A) on Saturday, 1500 KO
16. Chris Cartmell
17. Lewis Mclean
18. Alasdair Mackie
19. Josh Rutnagur
20. Sean Gauld
Meet at Mayfield 0920
Travel in Dundee Mizuno gear – BMW tshirt
Usual attire post match
Lunch will be provided at Earlston
Titans team to play Hawick Force (A) on Saturday, 1400 KO:
Meet at Mayfield 0910
Travel in Dundee kit if you have it
Chinos and shirt post match
Bring food for the bus / have eaten before
TFI Friday™ 20th Oct 2017
Last Friday the 13th (fright night) went off relatively peacefully….which is good. The only real fright was for a B/Ferry property magnate (Senor T) being conned into winning the world famous guess the wine competition© by selecting his favourite grape a subtle Pinot Noir which was cold. Sorry it was Chilly oops Chile another homophone! The return of the Chillie (another one!)
bacon slices were a welcome addition to our gastronomy and counts towards the FREE nibbles quotient. So this week we do it all over again! Bar opens at 5.32pm FREE nibbles of a Michelin nature, no that doesn’t mean they taste like rubber, will be there for your pleasure.
Rugby last week saw us winning against Stew Mel scoring over 60 points and the consensus in the Club afterwards was winning is much better than not winning. The Titans gave away too many points in the first 30 mins but came back strong in the 2nd half. This week we are all on the road.
Titans go the distance to Hawick which is near Yorkshire and the 1sts travel to Jed who won at Aberdeen last Sat. Both these games KO at 3pm so all the best guys!
Caley Reds v The South game is at Stirling RFC ground on Tuesday 7th Nov KO 7.30. There is a carvery meal at 6pm prior to the game priced at only £20 which includes entry to the game. All proceeds are going to the Doddie Weir Trust. Please support this. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This week in history. Alaska is only 13 years older than the Rugby Club being formally taken over by the USA in 1867. Donald Trump said he would have taken it over much earlier as it is a really nice place and that Obama made a mess of it.
Trump added he would have done “something about the cold as well as its cold up there really cold believe me”.
In 1947 anybody that shared their sandwiches was a “commy” the Red witch hunt began. It was a rather turbulent time with careers ruined and a real anti Russian feeling permeated politics and the film industry in particular. The Russians had nothing to do with it said the Donald and he insisted that he had no involvement with any of the Russian Banks he had loans from. Trump Towers Moscow is fake news….but coming on really well!
Lets hope we have a great Rugby weekend.