Match Report – Dundee High 36-29 Kirkcaldy – 27 October 2018

The cautious optimism around Mayfield which followed Dundee’s exciting victory over Selkirk in early October had evaporated following a heavy home defeat by Jedforest and a loss to Musselburgh in a match that in the words of Head Coach Colin Sangster the Dundee team “did not turn up”.

As a result, Dundee entered the match against local rivals Kirkcaldy sitting second bottom of the league with 10 points. This was 4 points behind Kirkcaldy, who came to Mayfield confident following last week’s victory over Cartha QP.

As Steve Scott mentioned in his rugby column in Friday’s Courier, this was the first competitive match between the clubs for 4 years and Midlands Rugby bragging rights were at stake, along with the vital league points.

A look at the Dundee team revealed that the welcome return of Gus Farquhar at flank, having missed the match against Jed. However, vice- captain Lewis McNamara was still out injured, as was captain Fraser McKay and Stuart Lathangie.

They faced a Kirkcaldy side with ex Dundee forward Conor Wood in their ranks. Another ex- Dundee player Dayle Turner was unavailable, but the Fife team boasted an impressive centre combination of ex Leeds Carnegie professional Alex Black and the exceptionally talented local boy Josh Laird. Another well- known local lad Geordie Munro failed to make the final 23.

It was mentioned before the match that both teams regular strip was blue –   would this cause a clash, similar to the farcical clash in the recent Heineken Champions Cup clash between Cardiff and Glasgow?

No such cock up here, with Dundee entering the fray in white, with Kirkcaldy in royal blue-  think of Rangers blue.

After a poor first half last week against Musselburgh, the Dundee team were determined to get into top gear as soon as possible in this match.

Unfortunately, their start was disastrous. Kirkcaldy kicked off, the Dundee pack did not gather, the ball bounced out for a line out. Kirkcaldy won the line out from a Dundee throw and  their pack rumbled forward and drove over the line.

5-0 Kirkcaldy.

This was just the start that Dundee did not want and things got worse when prop Harry Meadows went off injured following the second scrum.

Could things get any worse for Dundee?

Well, yeah………………

With only 10 minutes on the clock, Kirkcaldy scored again –  a flat pass from scrum half Anderson was taken at pace by experienced hooker Greg Wallace who burst through the Dundee midfield to run 35 yards to score between the posts. Finlay Smith converted.

12-0 Kirkcaldy

In a moment of wry humour (required in these trying times), the comment was made on the Mayfield touchlines that the other Greg Wallace (the bald smug middle-aged, four times married geezer from BBC’s Master Chef)  could have run 35 yards to score , such was the ineffectiveness of the Dundee midfield defence.

Play continued in the Dundee half with the big Kirkcaldy pack totally dominating the Dundee scrum. This possession led to another penalty offence by Dundee which was nailed by Finlay Smith.

15-0 Kirkcaldy

It really was one way traffic at this stage. Kirkcaldy were in complete control , Dundee were struggling to get hold of the ball.

The Kirkcaldy support were loving it, as their team –  driven on by the dulcit Fife tones of their coach Kenny Fraser as he prowled the touchline –  displayed complete domination.

Conversely, the mood amongst the Dundee support was of extreme concern.

This concern grew to thrombosis levels , when following a forward drive , Kirkcaldy scored again . The score was converted to put Kirkcaldy 22-0 ahead.

Legendary Dundee bear and prop JJ Van Der Esch , on the touchline as a supporter, was heard to say that he recalled defeats by Kirkcaldy early in his 35 year career with Dundee , but never one as easy as this.

Could the day get worse for Dundee –  again, yes when young hooker Cammie Mathieson was forced off with a head injury to be replaced by Ceillim Stewart.

For the first time in the match, Dundee then enjoyed some possession with breaks by Baz and Neil at least taking the play into the Kirkcaldy half and the up to the 22. Possession was retained ,Ross moved it wide and Gus Farquhar scored in the corner. The conversion was missed.

22—5 Kirkcaldy.

Following the Kirkcaldy kick off, the Dundee pack secured possession and further strong running by Neil took the play back to the Kirkcaldy 22.

The Kirkcaldy hooker and talisman Greg Wallace then went off with an injury and was replaced

This gave Dundee encouragement and they battered away at the Kirkcaldy line but spirited defence kept them out. A penalty chance on half time was foregone in favour of a further drive to the line, a decision that looked questionable when the ball was knocked on and referee Clark blew for half time.

Half Time –  Dundee High Rugby 5 Kirkcaldy 22

Reflections

After a 30 minute horror show , Dundee improved in the closing 10 minutes and could have scored more than their solitary try . Head Coach Sangster would surely tell the players to start the second half the way that they finished the first half.

The second half started with Dundee attacking the glasshouse.

Dundee secured possession immediately and with a tactic that was to be repeated throughout the second half , the ball was fed to Neil and Angus Thomson to batter their way forward.

This took Dundee into the Kirkcaldy 22 and when the ball was moved wide, full back Kieran Scoular took a gap to get across the Kirkcaldy line. Kieran missed the conversion.

Dundee 12 Kirkcaldy 22

Dundee now had their tails up ,maintaining possession through several phases with the Kirkcaldy defence finding it hard to cope with the rampaging buffalo that is Neil Turnbull in full flow. Neil has returned to University after a summer break  a tad less svelte than in previous seasons , hitting the scales at 130kg. To put this in perspective , Jonny Gray is 119kg and Alun Wyn Jones is 118kg and following a spot of googling by your reporter , the only 6 Nations player around 130kg is Billy Vunipola………………..

Anyway , who cares , cos after another battering run by Neil and controlled half back play by Josh and Ross , space was created for Niall Hall to score between the posts. The conversion was missed.

Dundee 17 Kirkcaldy 22.

 

 

Confidence , so obviously lacking in the first half , was now oozing through the Dundee team and play continued to be concentrated in the Kirkcaldy 22 . The Mayfield support were loving this turnaround and the decibels from the stands were raised , as the  crowd got behind Dundee.

Dundee were in complete domination at this stage  – in itself a remarkable turnaround from the first half –  and play was now completely in the Kirkcaldy 22 , with the visitors conceding a number of penalties as the battled to keep Dundee at bay.

It was following another penalty that Josh took a quick one and scrambled over.  The conversion was missed

Dundee 22 Kirkcaldy 22 and Game On…………………………

This secured at least a bonus point , but the focus was now to complete  a remarkable turnaround and secure a victory.

However, for the first time in the half , Kirkcaldy secured possession for  number of phases,

Dundee seemed to have nullified the danger , but missed tackles out wide enable a ruck to be set up from which ex Crown Conor Wood dived over for a try. This was converted.

Dundee 22 Kirkcaldy 29.

This was one exciting game and the question was  –  did the Dundee team have the character to  come back from this blow , with less than 10 minutes to go.

The answer was –  you bet they did –  and adopting the simple advice given to them at half time by the coaches   – “keep the ball” –  play was soon back in the Kirkcaldy 22.  Brave defence kept Dundee out until the pressure paid when scrum half Josh (or to give him his proper title , Dr Rutnagur) burrowed over under the posts. Kieran converted.

Dundee 29 Kirkcaldy 29.

At the risk of being accused of being impartial , your reporter’s thoughts at this stage  – as the match entered the last 2 minutes – was that a draw would be a fair result.

However , this Dundee team may not be the biggest or the most experienced to represent the Crown over the years , but they were endearing themselves to the Mayfield crowd with their courage and character as they went for victory .

In the final minute , Ross broke and created a well timed pass sent centre Duncan McIntyre sprinting for the posts and Mayfield’s biggest roar of the season  greeted him putting the ball down for a try. Kieran converted from a fair bit out.

Dundee 36 Kirkcaldy 29 was the remarkable scoreline.

Dundee had a minute to hold on  –  which they did –  and referee Clark’s final whistle was the cue for celebration  on the pitch and high-fives in the stands.

 

FINAL SCORE – DUNDEE 36 KIRKCALDY 29

Reflections

Firstly , this was  a hugely exciting game of rugby and well done to both teams for providing a match which was a credit to Midlands Rugby. This was simply a great game of amateur rugby to watch.

Secondly , and while your reporter normally avoids clichés like the plague , this was the proverbial game of two halves. What a contrast in Dundee’s performance !!!

In the first half , to quote a well known Mayfield worthie  , Dundee were “bloody awful” ,but in the second half they displayed courage  , commitment , team spirit and no little skill.

Neil Turnbull deservedly got man of the match , but huge credit must go to the half back combination of Ross and Josh who were both magnificent in the second half.

President Tosh’s remarks as he skipped across the pitch to congratulate the team and the coaches were “Never in doubt”………..Really , Gerry ??

Coach Sangster was asked in the bar after the match what words of wisdom he had imparted to his troops at half time to instigate this remarkable turnaround. He said 3 words were sufficient –  “Keep the Ball”……………………

As a footnote , note must be made of the exemplary conduct of the Kirkcaldy coaches, team , committee and supporters after the match. Regardless of the shattering blow of losing the match late on , although naturally very disappointed , they were dignified and were a credit to themselves , their Club and Midlands Rugby.

As was pointed out by another Mayfield worthy , it is unlikely that some other teams in our league , particularly those from further South in the country , would have been quite so magnanimous in defeat…………

Finally  though , as the post match pints were hoovered back in satisfaction in the Mayfield Bar after the match , the results  from the other matches in the league provided sobering viewing – Gala beat Marr , Selkirk beat GHA , Musselburgh beat Jed and Aberdeen Grammar beat Hamilton.

As evidenced , this is a tough league where every team can beat each other.

However , it will now be with confidence that Dundee head off to Kelso next week.

TFI – Friday 26th October

It’s fright night, a scary Halloween TFI Friday special with many surprises! You will need to come along and find out what they are but trust me! (Did you actually say trust you? ED) Could be a red wine from Transylvania or Bulls Blood from Bulgaria but whatever it is be prepared for a real right fricht! The cheese will also be a surprise…….if its not a Cheddar from Scotland! But it will be scary that’s for sure. FREE frightening nibbles© on the bar…might be unusual….only saying! Bar opens at 5.34pm.

Rugby. Last Sat we came second at Musselburgh in both games. This week we host Kirkcaldy at home and the Titans don’t have a game. Dundee Morgan are away to Angus Development.

Dates for your diary. The annual Burns Night is on Friday 1st Feb. The Dundee Rugby Junior dinner is Friday 8th March 2019 at the Invercarse Hotel as is the Dundee High Rugby inaugural Hall of fame Dinner is Fri 24th May. The Irish Lunch in the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh is on Sat 9th Feb. For all bookings or enquiries please contact, Bill Campbell, Derek Lawson or Gerry Tosh.

Volunteers always wanted. Come and join in with the Merry Men of Mayfield. Loads to do! Contact your favourite committee person or if in doubt get in touch with me.

This week in history. In 1962 JFK offered Nikita Khrushchev a square go. The Cuban missile crisis was a worrying time for the world. Good job that’s all sorted then! Enter stage right The Donald…….. what could possibly go Pete Tong? In 1881 Pablo Picasso was born after his father made a short trip to Dundee to attend the inaugural dinner of the newly formed DHSFPRFC. We have no more details but Mr Picasso who spoke at the event was a very good dancer and attended the old Palais as it was and made “friends” with a few locals! Also in 1881 the shoot out at the OK coral took place. Wyatt Earp a promising open side had promised to join the High School side. Doc Halliday played a major part in this episode and has continued so to do.

Have a great weekend and a scary Halloween.

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Scottish Rugby Domestic League Structure Survey

Dear player, supporter, volunteer, coach, administrator, parent & committee member

Your club has been asked to complete a survey by the SRU as part of a consultation on how we wish to see league competition developing from next season with the advent of Super six

The attached link gives some background and clubs have to comment by the end of the month

Consultation: Domestic League Structure

The 2018 AGM debated potential changes to our league structure (including where the Club XVs of the Super 6 franchises should play). Scottish Rugby is now surveying its member clubs in relation to its domestic league structure. Survey returns are required by Wednesday 31 October 2018.

For details of the survey please go to the Consultation section of our website: http://www.scottishrugby.org/regulations/consultations

As a consequence of the debate around super six earlier in the year your Committee thought it only right to share this news with you directly via the club website

Any strong views can be sent to your usual club contacts and the committee await debate amongst our national 1 counterparts before coming to any conclusion on the survey itself

TFI – Friday 19th October

Another week another wine winding its weary way to Mayfield con queso obviously. The bar opens at the later time of 5.33 pm due to Stobswell roadworks. When will it end? Good question number 3. FREE nibbles as usual on the bar. If you feel you can contribute please don’t fight against your instincts.

There is a Gin tasting starting at 7.30pm in the Glasshouse organised by the “Rev” Ken and there might still be space. It includes a musical element by the famed Vintage Girls and of course Gin. Contact Ken for details at Ken Andrew – kga@scot-int.com

Rugby. Last week saw the Firsts outgunned by table toppers Jed Forest but the Titans beat a plucky Biggar side. Dundee Morgan also came up short against Rosyth. This week Firsts and Titans have a trip to Musselburgh who are going well this season. Dundee Morgan host Crieff. So another tough day in prospect but lets hope the injury gods are on our side this week.

Lets hope for 3 great victories and a splendid weekends Rugby.

Match Report – Dundee High 7-36 Jed-Forest – 13 October 2018

High welcomed second placed Jed-Forest to a very dreich Mayfield with 3 late call offs in the home pack. So, it was with some trepidation that this scribe took his place in the plush press box.

The pitch was in surprisingly good nick but the wet caused the playing area to narrow as long passes were not advisable. However, throughout the game both sides mixed their play and didn’t just rely on pick and goes.

Jed looked a big strong outfit with the Young twins adding the class that good sides need. They also had the legend that is Kevin Barrie [ex Club International coach] as forwards’ coach and his dulcet tones proved to be the soundtrack to the game.

So with Coco Whittaker and Dougie Gray strutting their stuff on the twos pitch the big game got underway.

The match started at a good lick but, as predicted, handling was difficult, and little cohesion was in evidence. Jed were showing better skill-sets even at this early stage and a prod-through almost resulted in the first try. The resulting scrum saw the visitors retain possession and score on the 4th phase: at 8 minutes 5-0.

The home scrum, with hooker Cammie Mathieson propping at loose was now coming under the pump and Jed capitalised on their lion’s share of possession to sweep down the pitch to seal another try; this time a one metre sprint over the line by their tight-head: at 16 minutes 12-0.

With set piece proving disappointing for the home side, Jed looked to up the ante. Another try for the Borderers, this time by full back Young [like his twin a Scotland 7’s cap]: at 24 minutes 17-0.

High continued to impress with their collective effort but didn’t look like unlocking the visitors’ D.

Then 2 great plays from Dundee 6, Ross Milne, saw High at last on the front foot and on Jed’s try line, despite not scoring, the next 5 minutes saw High’s best spell with the ball sticking, and total commitment from all 15 players.

Kevin Franco had to leave the field to be replaced by Murray Devine into hook, just after this a suspiciously forward looking ball led to another away score, converted this time: 24-0.

With half-time approaching Cammie at loose-head took a bad one in the scrum and his match was coming to an end. Jed finished the half with their tails up and another score: HT 29-0.

The second half saw Ewan Grewar, yes Pob, roll back the years and bring his mature bulk to the fray, but the rejigged scrum couldn’t prevent a push over, converted to make it 36 to nil.

I thought that a shellacking was a definite, but that was Jed’s last score…

Dundee’s injury problems led to uncontested scrums and centre Andy Hamilton moving into the back row with skipper Fraser Mckay coming on and into midfield.

Dundee’s fly half, Ross Aitken, then made a great break, but handling errors saw the move fizzle out. Then that man Young again broke from deep in his own half to threaten the Dundee line.

With an arrowhead support, a try seemed on, but he eschewed his back up and went alone, only for Keiran Scoular to put in a bobby-dazzler of a cover tackle to save the day.

The next 10 minutes saw play contained in mid pitch with both sides not really looking like scoring, until skipper McKay snuck an interception to run under the posts and convert to make it 36-7 after 36 second half minutes.

Play went on for the remainder of the half with nothing to write home about. Dundee had drawn the second half and that is credit to this young, injury-ravaged side’s “never say die” attitude.

Special mention again to Baz Barlow; what a shift the number 8 put in. Dundee can take some positives from their defensive efforts but our set piece continues to cause concern. Jed were good, but not great and the team’s second half lethargy will be addressed by Mr Barrie I don’t doubt.

Match Report – Dundee High 34-14 Selkirk – 6 October 2018

Glorious autumn sunshine, albeit with a chill in the air, greeted the lunch-clubbers as they arrived for their lunch and entertainment before the match against Selkirk. Guests included a table hosted by match sponsor MTC whose supremo Dave Rankine doubles up as medical support co-ordinator each Saturday at Mayfield – thanks for all that you do for the Club Dave – a table of well-known local worthies from Dundee Collegians Rugby Club and rugby royalty was represented in the form of a table of ex Dundee High Rugby club presidents.

Indeed, your reporter had the privilege of being at the ex-Presidents table, sitting next to legends such as Bruno, Roger Leslie, Harvie Findlay, Bob Gray, Ken Andrew and Bill Dryden. Tales of matches won and lost were recounted and of particular interest was Bill Dryden’s comment that he first played for the club in 1947. A mere 71 years ago.

However, it is worth noting that the next table to this table of experience (to put it politely) was a table of current members of both the Dundee University and Abertay University rugby teams. Each table – in fact all the Lunch Club guests – were entertained by President Tosh, as always in top form with his own brand of insulting humour – an illustration that Dundee High Rugby’s legendary Lunch Club does indeed cater for all ages.

A look at the Dundee team revealed only one change from the side that had secured a well deserved and hugely welcome win at Cartha Queens Park the previous week – playmaker and 10 Ross Aitken returned , with young Rory McGinn rewarded for a great display at 10 in Ross’s absence by moving to the wing with Paul Ritch dropping to the bench. Older brother Danny stayed at 9 in the continued absence of the injured Stuart Lathangie , while Lewis McNamara’s injury also keeping him out , with Stuart Barlow continuing at 8. Captain Fraser McKay was still injured, but hopeful of returning next week.

They faced a Selkirk team, sitting 4th in the table, having made an impressive start to the season with 4 wins and only one defeat in their opening 5 matches. As this contrasted sorely with Dundee’s 1 win and 4 defeats, the feeling amongst the Mayfield faithful was that this would be one stiff test for Colin Sangster’s young side.

It was 2 games for the price of one for the crowd as the bottom pitch at Mayfield saw Selkirk’s 2nd XV kick off against the orange-clad Dundee Titans , their ranks including club legends (although of a younger vintage that the Ex-Presidents table who by this time were on their 2nd bottle of port) , such as Neil Dymock , Andy Dymock , Dougie Gray and Davie Mason.

Dundee kicked off, playing towards the Glasshouse and almost immediately play was concentrated in the Selkirk half. The Selkirk defence held firm initially,but the pressure eventually told when Dundee took the lead after just 5 minutes.

A kick from Kieran Scoular found touch near the Selkirk line. Although Selkirk won the line out and cleared, Dundee ran the ball back and an inter-passing move, ended with centre Duncan McIntyre gone over near the posts. Keiran converted.

7-0 Dundee.

This was just the start that Dundee wanted and they continued to take the game to Selkirk. All the play was in the Selkirk half and Dundee spent a full 5 minutes camped on the Selkirk line, with only desperate defence and finally a good clearing kick from fly half Banks saving Selkirk.

However, slowly but surely, Selkirk forced their way back into the match and rather ominously for Dundee , Selkirk scored following their first real bit of pressure when flanker McColm found space to score near the Dundee posts. The try was converted.

Dundee 7 Selkirk 7

15 minutes gone and 1 converted try each.

The next 10 minutes were very even and the neutral supporter would have had difficulty ascertaining which team was 4th top and which was 3rd bottom of the division.

It was Dundee however who got the next score – Selkirk were on the attack when Kieran Scoular gathered the ball near the Dundee line and went on this mazy run which saw him beat man after man and took him to just outside the Selkirk 22. Danny McGinn was on his shoulder and a gathered pass would surely have seen Danny in for a try, but the ball went loose. Dundee however kept possession and following quick passing, Duncan McIntyre found space to go over for his second try of the match. The conversion was missed.

Dundee 12 Selkirk 7

There then followed a period where Dundee looked comfortable in possession, without looking like adding to their lead but things changed when Selkirk won a penalty around half way and a raking kick gave them a line out near to the Dundee line.

The line out was won and there was a feeling of inevitability when the big Selkirk pack rumbled towards the Dundee line and sure enough they rumbled over. The try was converted.

Dundee 12 Selkirk 14

The final minutes of the half were played out with the play deep in Dundee territory, but committed defence kept the borderers out.

Half Time – Dundee High Rugby 12 Selkirk 14

The chat amongst the Mayfield faithful at half time was that while Dundee were performing better than in their last 2 home matches, Selkirk were giving the impression that they could move up had a couple of gears.

Coach Sangster made a couple of changes at half time – Josh replaced Danny at 9 and Cammie Mathieson replaced fellow teenager Ceillem Stewart at hooker.

Following the restart, Dundee were on the offensive and play was concentrated in the Selkirk half.

Prop Scott Doig went on a rampaging break but desperate defence by Selkirk kept him out.

Dundee’s pressure was then rewarded when Kieran kicked a penalty in front of the posts.

Dundee 15 Selkirk 14.

Dundee kept up the pressure and play continued to be concentrated around the Selkirk 22 and Dundee went further ahead when following several forward drives with Cammie Mathieson and Neil Turnbull to the fore, Josh and Ross went blind and created space for Gus Farquhar who scored in the corner. The conversion was missed.

Dundee 20 Selkirk 14

There then followed a period of Selkirk pressure but determined Dundee defence throughout the team but with the back row of Baz, Gus and Niall Hall to the fore, denied the Selkirk team any space.

Sangster freshened the pack up with Andy Clarkson (he of the hugely talented father) replacing Angus Thomson and then Angus returning to replace Neil.

The chat amongst the Dundee support was that Dundee were looking strong in defence and the confidence level then improved when Ross and Duncan combined just over the half way line to set up a one on one for right winger Kieran D’eath against his opposite number.

As Kieran collected the pass, the entire Mayfield stand and support on the banks implored him (good word – check the definition) to “back yourself – take him on”. Kieran did indeed back himself , skinned his opposite man on the outside in the classic right winger way and , to a great roar , accelerated off to score between the posts. The other Kieran converted.

Dundee 27 Selkirk 14

This put Dundee in the driving seat and the determination of each of the players to keep hold of this lead was clear for all to see. Ross and Hammy continued to defend heroically and the forwards, encouraged by Josh at 9 , held firm against any Selkirk drives.

Ross and Hammy then showed the attacking side of their game by combining well to create space for Baz to take the ball on the run and crash through the Selkirk defence into the 22. When Baz was eventually held up, he found Niall Hall on his shoulder and Niall took the ball on to score between the posts. Kieran converted.

Dundee 34 Selkirk 14

Hammy then went off to a well-deserved ovation.

Although victory seemed secure, the spirit of the young Dundee side in the final 5 minutes was very telling – Selkirk had all the possession and the majority of the play was in the Dundee 22 , but the Dundee defence never buckled and the determination not to concede any more points was great to see.

No side came when the solid Dundee pack secured their own put in and Josh kicked out to cue celebrations on the Mayfield banks and touchline.

FINAL SCORE – DUNDEE 34 SELKIRK 14

Reflections

Firstly, this was a very enjoyable game of rugby with two committed teams. Credit also to young referee Graeme Ormiston the game flowing throughout – it is a credit to Graeme and indeed to both teams that only 13 penalties were awarded throughout the match.

From a Dundee perspective – naturally the most important perspective – this was a great result and a great performance.

For the second week in a row, Dundee’s young team have kept clean sheets in the second half. The spirit was there for all to see, defensive structures held firm and 5 tries against Selkirk is a significant achievement. Particular credit must go to the back row – man of the match Stuart Barlow, Gus Farquhar and Niall Hall – who tackled like furies all day.

The Titans had a comfortable victory over Selkirk’s 2nd XV , which added to the feel good factor which meant that it was a very happy clubhouse on Saturday evening.

You sometime get days when you think your stars are aligning – Saturday was such a day – an enjoyable lunch club , Mayfield in the sunshine looking like what it is – the best amateur rugby ground in Scotland to watch a match – victories for the Dundee 1st XV and the Titans – and a happy clubhouse. It was against that backdrop that your reporter left the clubby on Saturday and headed in the Dundee night thinking that to round off the Perfect Day, surely Jennifer Aniston would be in Mennies looking for a man……………

1st XV vs Selkirk – Saturday 6 October 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. Rory McGinn
12. Andrew Hamilton
13. Duncan McIntyre
14. Kieran D’eath
15. Kieran Scouler

Replacements

16. Cammie Mathieson
17. Lewis Maclean
18. Andrew Clarkson
19. Josh Rutnagur
20. Paul Ritch