1st XV vs Carth QP – Saturday 29 September 2018

1. Scott Doig
2. Ceillem Stewart
3. Harry Meadows
4. Neil Turnbull
5. Angus Thomson
6. Niall Hall
7. Angus Farquhar
8. Stuart Barlow
9. Danny McGinn
10. Ross Aitken
11. Ruaridh Hood
12. Andrew Hamilton
13. Duncan McIntyre
14. Kieran D’eath
15. Kieran Scoular

Replacements

16. Lewis Maclean
17. Andrew Clarkson
18. Josh Rutnagur
19. Rory Mcginn

TFI – Friday 28th September

This Friday there will be no TFI in the clubhouse. No nibbles Free or otherwise! The reason is that some of our loyal supporters are not to be there due to extravagent holidays and other spurious reasons! This during the Rugby season! Shocking doesn’t really cover it. I am holding my own TFI to which all are invited. Flights not included!

Rugby this week involves a trip to Cartha for both teams and the KO is 3pm. Good luck guys.

Normal service TFI wise will be resumed the following Friday.

We wish a great weekend to us all regardless of where we are.

Hasta pronto.

Match Report – Dundee High 27-40 Hamilton – 22 September 2018

Director of Rugby and Head Coach Colin Sangster’s programme notes described today’s fixture against Hamilton as “a very important match”. Perhaps not quite as dramatic copy as the Courier which described both Dundee and Dundee United’s matches v Hibs and Falkirk respectively as “Must Win” (particularly for the employment prospects of respective managers Neil McCann and Csaba “Victor” Laszlo), but after 3 defeats in the opening 3 matches and Dundee High Rugby occupying the unaccustomed – and indeed unwelcome – position of bottom of the league, there was no doubt amongst the Mayfield faithful that a home win would be a huge benefit.

However, a look at the Dundee team starting line out revealed the seemingly unending injury problems that Colin Sangster has had to contend with since moving south to Dundee showed no signs of abating – Scrum half Lathangie, centre Ward, hooker Campbell plus back row players Hughan and Milne all out. On the bright side, vice captain Lewis McNamara returned.

As the teams came out, it was noted that the Hamilton side looked a bigger unit and with more experienced players than the youthful Dundee side.

The match kicked off in beautiful September sunshine, albeit with a wind blowing down towards Dalgleish Road. Dundee were playing that way and started well, with play focused in Hamilton’s half from the start.

It was noted that the referee was a young man by the name of Ruaridh Campbell while the assistant referee was well known Mayfield ex referee Neil “Paddy” Paterson.

By way of another aside, your reporter was then engaged in conversation with the father of one of the match ball boys whose question to his dad was “Dad, do I have to stay for the full game ?” – to which the answer was “Yes son, that it what ball boys have to do………………”

Dundee’s bright start soon bore fruit, when after a super break by Ross Aitken from midfield, the ball was recycled twice and well timed passes from Ross and Fraser created the space for centre Duncan McIntyre to cross. Fraser added the conversion.

7-0 Dundee

Just the start that the Mayfield crowd was looking for, but the smiling faces did not last long. Slack tackling amongst the Dundee backs (unfortunately a pattern which was to continue) let the Hamilton full back in the corner for a try. The conversion was missed.

7-5 Dundee after 10 minutes

To Dundee’s credit they took the game to Hamilton from the restart and after a period of pressure, with Ross, Lewis and Gus Farquhar to the fore, Fraser nailed a penalty.

10-5 Dundee

Soon after, Dundee went further ahead with another penalty by Fraser.

13-5 Dundee

The coaching team must have been satisfied at this stage, but the Dundee achilles heel of conceding points immediately after scoring emerged again when the Hamilton scrum half – a gentleman by the name of Crush – scampered through a gap to score under the posts. The try was converted.

13-12 Dundee

The remainder of the half showed periods of pressure from both sides – indeed both teams produced passages of good play, but also error-strewn phases on both sides – but there was no further scoring before half time.

Half Time – Dundee 13 Hamilton 12

The chat amongst the Mayfield stand and touchlines at half time was that this game could go either way.

The hope was that Dundee would start the second half like they did the first half but this time keep the momentum going.

However this hope proved to be sadly misplaced as GHA went ahead virtually straight from the kick off when scrum half Crush – lets call him Bobby – scored beside the posts. The try was converted.

19-13 Hamilton.

This was exactly the start to the second half that Dundee did not want and things got worse 5 minutes later when Hamilton centre Jamieson burst past Dundee midfield tackles to send – once again – Bobby Crush in under the posts. Again the conversion was made.

Bobby Crush – think Opportunity Knocks (Hughie Green) – for those of you under 50, he was a 1970s pianist, often appearing on ITV variety shows.

26 – 13 Hamilton

If things looked bad for Dundee then they got positively catastrophic 5 minutes later, when following another break, Hamilton scored near the posts. Not sure who scored it – some guy in green, but it was not Bobby Crush. The try was again converted.

33 -13 Hamilton

At this stage, the Mayfield faithful were about as happy as Theresa May at the EU Summit in Salzburg – following what was a quite disastrous 15 minutes for the Dundee side.

However, fair play to the players, they went straight up the pitch and got themselves back in the game when following a period of pressure, flanker Gus Farquhar got a try back.

The try was converted by captain Fraser McKay (who kicked well all day).

33-20 Hamilton

Josh then replaced Danny McGinn at 9.

Dundee then had a period of good possession and a good inter-passing move resulted in Ross Aitken crashing over near the posts. Fraser again converted.

33-27 Hamilton

It was now game on and the spirit amongst the Dundee team was evident to see as they encouraged each other get back up the pitch and get the next score.

At this stage, Hamilton took Bobby Crush off, a move which heightened expectation on the terracing that maybe – just maybe – Dundee could pull this off.

However, Hamilton’s experience told as they slowed the match down and Dundee’s cause was not helped by a yellow card to Lewis.

Hamilton then grabbed the crucial next score when their big unit of a second row Josh White drove over following a line out near the Dundee line. The conversion was added.

40-27 Hamilton

You could sense a feeling both amongst the teams and the supporters that this was the clinching try, even though there were still 15 minutes left, and so it proved.

The last 15 minutes were played out with errors on both sides, Dundee never looking like closing the gap and Hamilton playing out the match relatively comfortably.

FINAL SCORE – DUNDEE HIGH RUGBY 27 HAMILTON 40

Reflections

Well, the “important match” did not bring the victory that the Dundee coaches, team and supporters craved.

The first 15 minutes of the second half were catastrophic and the tendency to concede tries immediately after scoring means that the team are not giving themselves a chance to build confidence.

This was frustrating as the team started really well. Indeed some passing moves – with Ross pulling the strings – prior to the first try, were first class, which showed that this team has the capability to play good and exciting rugby.

Vice Captain Lewis’s passionate and emotional team talk to the players on the pitch after the match shows how seriously the players are taking the current losing run and they are hurting.

As has been documented before, this team is young and inexperienced and this season was always going to be difficult as any team in the division would miss leaders such as Broonie, Leesey, Neil and Andy Dymock, Ally Mackie and George Arnott, as well as matchwinners like Ice and Neil Herron.

However, these players are no longer playing for Dundee High Rugby and nothing was ever achieved in sport, or indeed in life, by harking back.

The Club focus has now to be on all of us working together – Committee, helpers, supporters and indeed the entire Dundee rugby community – to support the coaching team and players as they strive to get things back on track, ideally starting at Cartha QP next week.

1st XV vs Hamilton – Saturday 22 September 2018

15. Kieran Scoular
14. Ruaraidh Hood
13. Duncan McIntyre
12. Fraser McKay (c)
11. Paul Ritch
10. Ross Aitken
9. Danny McGinn
1. Lewis Mclean
2. Cammie Matheson
3. Harry Meadows
4. Angus Thomson
5. Neil Turnbull
6. Stuart Barlow
7. Angus Farquhar
8. Lewis McNamara

Replacements

16. Scott Doig
17. Kevin Franco
18. Cameron Anderson
19. Andrew Hamilton
20. Josh Darius

TFI – Friday 21st September

Well another week fairly whizzed by and Andy Dymocks marriage still on track. No Danish on the menu at this weeks TFI Friday but there is a return of the ever-popular guess the wine competition. This week’s answer is Merlot but most will get it wrong! Paired beautifully with a Scottish Cheddar but where is it from? Eh Scotland…..! There will be FREE nibbles as usual and feel FREE to bring your own contribution. It will be similar to a mystery tapas bonanza without a flight to Spain needed.

Rugby last week was great if you were a Titan. They went to B/Muir and came away with all the points that keeps them unbeaten in their league. Next up City slickers from Embra Ed Accies. The firsts didn’t go that well at Gala going down 39-12. This week we welcome Hamilton who lost by a point to Cartha last week. Dundee Morgan came 2nd at Waid losing 39-26 but still top the table. This week (Stag on Stag rut) a home game v Grangemouth. All KO’s 3pm.

Dates for your diary. Feb 1st is the Burns Supper. Dundee Rugby Juniors dinner at the Invercarse is 8th March. On Sunday the 28fh. October there is a trip to Newcastle Falcons V Exeter. If anyone wants to go or need information, please contact Derek Black. Email, dandablack@blueyonder.co.uk

Fake news alert. Stormy Daniels has been upgraded to a Category 4.

Match Report – Gala 39-12 Dundee High – 15 September 2018

A 3rd tough match in a row faced this young Dundee side, this time away against table topping Gala down at Netherdale. Dundee kicked off, and that was just about the last time they saw the ball for the first 10 minutes, as Gala retained possession and repeatedly drove to good effect both in close and out wide. 2 Dundee penalties could have relieved the pressure, but a missed touch and a turnover handed possession straight back to the men in maroon. Somehow however Dundee kept their line intact, and eventually moved play back up to halfway. A bad tempered scrum there (not for the first time) resulted in an nasty off the ball incident involving Dundee’s hooker Angus Campbell and Gala’s No. 6 Josh Irvine, which saw the former leaving the game injured and the latter being shown a straight red, leaving Gala down to 14 men for the rest of the game. For Dundee, Kevin Franco moved in to cover at hooker and Hammy (Andrew Hamilton) came on in the back row.

Worryingly, Gala hardly seemed to notice their reduced numbers, and the one way traffic continued as before. As Gala drove repeatedly at the Dundee line, Kevin Franco took a team yellow, and Dundee continued to cling on by their fingertips. Ross Aitken stole Gala ball, but a knock on led to a Gala scrum, uncontested with both Dundee hookers for the time being sidelined. A good tackle by newcomer Kieran D’Eath once more held Gala up, but their next backs move proved decisive as a run around (with some suspicious midfield blocking) let the Gala No. 15 jog across the line almost unopposed, with stand off Dean Keddie adding the extras. 7 – 0 Gala after 20 minutes.

Dundee responded with their best spell of the game, handling well and incisively, and a threatening kick ahead was taken over the try line by the Gala defence for a scrum 5 metres out for Dundee. Dundee continued to press, and eventually 2nd row Angus Thomson touched down, well converted by captain Fraser McKay. 25 minutes gone, 7 all.

Unfortunately, that was about as good as it got for Dundee. In a game with far too many penalties, a steady slew now went against Dundee, which sapped their energies and frustrated their attacking efforts. Worse was to come; with half time fast approaching, No. 8 Gavin Hughan and flanker Ross Milne were injured in the same passage of play, both going off not to return, and a disrupted Dundee defence could not stop the big Gala No. 4 Chris Weir barging over for an unconverted try, making the half time score Gala 12, Dundee 7.

Dundee had brought on Cammy Anderson and Kelvin Nelson to replace Hughan and Milne, making for a completely new back row in the 2nd half against a Gala pack who had absorbed the loss of their red-carded flanker all too easily. Just as at the start of the 1st half, Gala attacked strongly, and in the 47th minute Keddie slotted an easy penalty to increase their lead. Dundee responded, and a good break by Kieran Scoular let Hammy away, but with no-one quite on his shoulder, his delayed pop-up pass was intercepted by the alert Keddie, and moments later Gala’s No. 11 Aiden Turner was touching down at the other end, after some weak midfield Dundee defence. A possible Dundee score had been turned into a converted try at the other end, and with the score now 22 – 7 for Gala, Dundee’s hopes were fast evaporating, not helped by our ongoing lineout struggles.

The last replacements on Dundee’s bench, Josh Steadwood and Paul Ritch, got an outing as three all-too-easy and at times scrappy scores were run up in the last quarter against a now tiring and outclassed Dundee side, with 1 conversion making it 39 – 7 for 14 man Gala. A late consolation try for Dundee through Kieran D’Eath made the final score a slightly more respectable 39 – 12, but overall this was not a good Dundee display. Our first 3 games have been against the 3 teams who are now top of the table, and now some less difficult games should lie ahead – ones that we must take advantage of.

Match Report – Boroughmuir Bears 24-31 Dundee Titans – 15 September 2018

A changed Titans team with more unfamiliar faces? Surely not? Yes indeed, it was a new-look Dundee side which kicked off at a breezy Meggatland, with the wind behind their backs. Two early penalties by the home side gave Dundee a penalty goal chance, but the kick was just wide. Dundee won possession after the drop-out and were on the attack, with good possession, breaks and re-cycling leading to the opening score when Ceillem Stewart crashed over under the posts, leaving Grant Paterson a simple conversion. Ten minutes gone and Dundee were ahead 0-7.

Despite their unfamiliarity with one another, the Dundee side was performing well, with strong defence and counter-attack, but it was a penalty offence by Boroughmuir which brought the next scoring opportunity, duly accepted by Grant and the lead was increased to 10 points: 0-10 after 20 minutes.

The Bears clawed the three points back with a penalty themselves 6 minutes later to make the score 3-10, but Dundee had the last word in the half. After the narrowest of penalty misses, Dundee won the ball at the restart and then again at a line-out some ten metres from the home line. A series of post-line-out drives ended with Grant bursting over between the posts and he added the extras on the stroke of half-time to enable Dundee to turn round 3-17 ahead.

Half-time: Boroughmuir Bears 3 Dundee Titans 17

A pleasing first-half from the Titans, with some encouraging individual performances. If some team cohesion could be generated, a promising result could be in prospect, but would the strong wind give Boroughmuir a lift?

As it happened, Dundee began the second half with another spell of good possession and, after they stole the ball following a scrum, Cammy Gray dotted down to stretch the visitors’ lead. 3-24 after 46 minutes.

Boroughmuir then began to take a hold of the game and, after a good try by their right winger, converted by the stand-off, to make the score 10-24 after 52 minutes, their tails were up and, following a series of close-quarter drives, their powerful tight head prop crashed over and the stand-off once more converted, to narrow the gap. 60 minutes played and the score moved to 17-24.

Boroughmuir were in the ascendancy and, in 68 minutes, the scores were equal following a penalty offence by Dundee. ‘Muir kicked to touch and drove the resultant line-out ball over. The ball was not touched down, but Dundee were adjudged guilty of a try-preventing offence and a penalty try was awarded. 24-all after 68 minutes, and next try the winner?

Dundee were getting some momentum going again and their potential was increased when the home tight-head retired and the Dundee scrum began to shove their opponents. When a free-kick was awarded against Boroughmuir a desperate Dundee attack was mounted, reaching 5 metres from the Bear’s line. Boroughmuir were penalised, Dundee took the penalty quickly and Iain Lockhart crashed over for a score on the right, which Grant converted. Would this indeed be the winning score, after 81 minutes?

Dundee knocked on at the re-start and in the tense remaining minutes, Boroughmuir strove hard for another score, only to be thwarted at the last by a penalty for crossing. Dundee kicked the ball dead and no-side arrived, to the relief of the Titans.

Full-time: Boroughmuir Bears 24 Dundee Titans 31

The Titans maintained their maximum point start to the season with an eventually hard-fought win, and there were encouraging signs of individual ability, good work at the breakdown, support and off-loads. The opportunity to develop cohesion and structure would add to the team’s potential, especially in the face of the next fixture, at home to the very strong Edinburgh Accies’ side.

Dundee scorers:

Tries: Ceillem Stewart, Grant Paterson, Cameron Gray, Iain Lockhart
Conversions: Grant Paterson (4)
Penalty: Grant Paterson

1st XV vs Gala – Saturday 15 September 2018

15. Kieran Scoular
14. Kieran D’eath
13. Chad Ward
12. Fraser Mckay
11. Ruaridh Hood
10. Ross Aitken
9. Danny McGinn
1. Lewis McLean
2. Angus Campbell
3. Harry Meadows
4. Neil Turnbull
5. Angus Thomson
6. Kevin franco
7. Ross Milne
8. Gav Hughan

Replacements

16. Josh Steadwood
17. Cammy Anderson
18. Calvin Nelson
19. Andrew Hamilton
20. Paul Ritch

TFI – Friday 14th September

No TFI Friday™ this week as some of our regular attendee’s head to Copenhagen for Andy Dymocks wedding to the fabulous Gine Stauning. All the best from all at Dundee High Rugby. It will be a quiet family affair said one of Gine’s aunties. The Club has some news for you Auntie! A horde of nuggets en route! Police are aware and bail money is being held by a responsible Scottish Auntie. Lets call her “Lynda” might be real name! So just to confirm there will be no FREE nibbles© on the bar and no guess the wine competition©. The bar will not open at 5.32pm or any other time on this Friday!

BUT hold that thought because the following week will be a mega TFI Friday with new challenges and FREE entertainment. More to follow soon.

RUGBY this weekend. The Firsts travel to the borders and Gala RFC. The KO is 3pm. Dundee Titans travel to B/Muir to take on their 3rd fifteen. Dundee Morgan take the Fifie over to the Kingdom and the short trip to Waid RFC. Look after the oars please! All games start at 3pm.

Next lunch club is an Ian Cooke special carvery on the 22nd Sept and is FULL. Maybe a couple of spaces if you speak to that nice man Derek Lawson. He might shoe horn you in! It is always over- subscribed. The email is, dlawson@thorntons-law.co.uk Hot off the fake news press Donald Trump has cancelled his table due to local difficulties. Its almost possible to fit another table in!

Have you seen our new looking fresher website? Check it out now. www.dundeehighrugby.club

Social media about Dundee High Rugby goes from strength to strength! Last week our FB page reached circa 7953 people. If you are not one of them check the FB page out at, www.facebook.com/dundeehighrugby please like the page and keep up to date with all the news about Rugby in Dundee. Its changing! Twitter feed is, @DundeeHighRugby or for score updates is, @dundeehsfprugbyscore Keep up to date!

Players sponsors still needed! Speak to Tom Dymock, Ken Andrew or your favourite Club official. Is it me you’re looking for? It’s a great way to help support the lads and the Club.

Dates for your diary. A dinner to support the Dundee Rugby Juniors (S1-U18) including girls rugby will be held at the Invercarse Hotel on Friday 8th March. The Burns Supper date is Feb 1st 2019 in the glass pavilion. More details as and when but please keep these free. Thanks.

Volunteers always welcome. Need a first aider for Saturday duties and 2 team managers. Apply within. Must have own clipboard.

Hope this weekend coming sees one of you drop a few million in the lottery the club could always use a few more quid! Or you might want another lottery ticket for the Club Lotto? You cant win it if you are not in it! Click here to join, www.dundeehighrugby.club/mayfield-lotto

Have a good one.