Club awards dinner April 12th 2019

Venue for this years joint Club dinner with Dundee Morgan is at Alloway Place. Cost £25 pp.

Club Dinner (joint with Morgan) and award presentation is 12th April at Morgan Clubhouse. Speaker SRU President Dee Bradbury mum of Edinburgh Star Marcus plus a mystery speaker. Places are limited for this joint dinner and players should state their availability on the players page then pay me or Ken Andrew £25 as soon as confirmed. Anyone else interested should contact myself or Ken Andrew.

Match Report – Jed-Forest 42-9 Dundee High Rugby – 26 January 2019

Another weekend, and another trip to God’s own country, also known as the Borders, this time to Jedburgh, where President Paul Cranston and his band of helpers (including the legendary Roy Laidlaw) did their best to make us feel even more welcome (off the park!) than Selkirk had last week.

It was another perfect day for rugby at Riverside Park, unlike rain-lashed and windy Biggar, just 40 miles away, where our Titans had earlier ground out a notable 8 – 3 win (clearly a game for the rugby purists!) against all the odds. Jed kicked off on a perfect surface with no wind whatsoever to trouble the players, but got a wake up call in the first minute as a big Dundee scrum shunted them back and won Dundee a penalty, the first of many in our favour that half. For once, Dundee had started well, and they kept that going throughout the first half, apart from one 2 minute spell, which cost us dear. The restored Angus Thomson put in a couple of good tackles, skipper Fraser McKay delivered a couple of good attacking kicks, and after 10 minutes a penalty was banged over by Fraser to put us 3 – 0 ahead.  Unfortunately, despite all the good work being put in in all other departments, particularly our ball retention and clearing out at the break down, much improved from last week, our line out was yet again a weakness, with Jed attacking our throw well, and we could never establish any platform off that all afternoon.

And after 25 minutes, we paid the price. An attacking line out was lost, Jed’s dangerous backs made a searing break, and looked odds on to score until a great covering tackle halted them just short.  Dundee were forced to concede a penalty (the first of the half!) and Jed set up a lineout 5 metres out, which they won comfortably. A series of pick and drives followed, leading to prop Ferreira going over, converted by Jed No. 9 (and man of the match) Gary Munro. 7 – 3 to Jed. Dundee kicked off, but a huge clearing kick by Jed took play back to our 22, and another lost lineout led to a decisive Jed midfield break for Gregor Young to canter over under our posts. Dundee, who had matched Jed in every department except the line out, were suddenly 14 – 3 down. Skipper McKay had been injured in the build up to Jed’s score, and was replaced by Paul Ritch, who slotted in on the wing, and Kieran Scoular moving to full back.

What looked like another Jed score was denied for a “double movement”, and Dundee took advantage of that escape to regroup and work their way back into the game. Harry Meadows was again making good yards with a number of carries, and Dundee looked the likelier team to score, with Kieran Scoular duly slotting over another penalty to make it 14 – 6 to Jed at half time.

Flanker Kevin Franco had been replaced by Andy Hamilton as the 1st half drew to a close, and at half time 2nd row Andy Clarkson made way for Greg Anderson.  Dundee started the second half brightly, and another scrum penalty on Jed’s 22, after a great break by stand off Harry Mercer, who many felt was having his best game so far, was slotted over by Scoular to bring Dundee back to within 5 points of Jed. Keiran D’Aeth took a knock and was replaced by Josh Rutnagur taking over the No. 9 duties, with Stewart Lathangie moving out to the wing.

But as so often happens in a season where things go against you, the roof suddenly fell in on a game Dundee side. Jed’s No. 10, who kicked well all afternoon, pushed through a defence breaking grubber, gathered by their full back Young, who was just denied by a great covering tackle by Paul Ritch. Jed recycled possession, and another kick through took a wicked bounce, Lathangie on the wing infringed to prevent a certain try, and was rewarded for his efforts by a yellow card, and a penalty try to Jed. 21 – 9 after 55 minutes.

Prop Jack Newth, who had put in another good shift, was now replaced by debutant Darren Donaldson, but suddenly, the stuffing seemed to have been knocked out of this Dundee side, and Jed took clinical advantage of this as they seemed to move up a gear in the last 25 minutes.  Winger Cranston scored 2 tries as the Dundee defence, one man short, ran out of defenders in the 58th  and 65th minutes, and a final try by second row Skeldon with 4 minutes left, all 3 converted by  Munro, made the final score 42 – 9 to Jed.

Reflections: Jed were a clinically efficient team, with their dangerous backs making some searing breaks, but the scoreline did not do credit to a solid Dundee performance for the first hour or so, before Jed’s strong finish made sure they ended the day back up on top of National League One.

Dundee Team: 15 Fraser Mackay, 14 Kieran D’Aeth, 13 Marshall McLeod, 12 Ross Aitken, 11 Kieran Scoular, 10 Harry Mercer, 9 Stewart Lathangie; 1 Jack Newth, 2 Dylan Whitcombe, 3 Harry Meadows, 4 Andy Clarkson, 5 Angus Thomson, 6 Kev Franco, 7 Angus Farquhar, 8 Lewis Macnamara

Replacements 16 Darren Donaldson, 17 Greg Anderson, 18 Andrew Hamilton, 19 Josh Rutnagur, 20 Paul Ritch

TFI – Friday 1st February

It’s the first official TFI Friday of 2019 so it will be a belter. The FREE nibbles will feature some HOT haggis, neeps and tatties. Other FREE nibbles will also feature. The bar will open at 5.33 due to busy traffic in Westport. There will be a very decent bottle of wine to tempt your taste buds with a scientifically paired cheese.

Rugby. Not really our season. Maybe a wee break for 6 Nations will help.

Six nations at the Club with the first game v Italy this Sat. Book now. Spag Bol and a half bottle of wine for a tenner! https://www.dundeehighrugby.club/2019-six-nations-at-the-rugby-club/

Club Dinner (joint with Morgan) and award presentation is 12th April at Morgan Clubhouse. Speaker SRU President Dee Bradbury mum of Edinburgh Star Marcus. Places are limited for this joint dinner and players should state their availability on the players page then pay me or Ken Andrew. Anyone else should contact me or Ken Andrew.

Ladies taster session is Sunday 3rd Feb Morgan ground at 2pm. https://www.dundeehighrugby.club/dundee-womens-rugby-taster-session/

Lets enjoy the 6 Nations and get back to winning ways for the Club.

Sportscotland Club Member Physical Activity Survey – Win £1000 for the club!!!

This is a major national survey which explores what sport and physical activities club members take part in, and what difference this makes to their life.

The survey is critically important in demonstrating to the Scottish Government that our work around sport and physical activity helps to build an active Scotland.

Every survey returned by 11 February 2019 will be entered into a prize draw to win £1000 prize for sports equipment for your club!

The survey is being run by sportscotland and is available online at: www.sportscotland.org.uk/clubsurvey

TFI – Friday 25th January

NO TFI this Friday 25th Jan 2019 as regular attenders prefer foreign shores. Next TFI is Friday 1st Feb.

Please don’t turn up at 5.32pm or any other time as the Bar is not opening! FREE nibbles are being stored for the 1st Feb. The wine will have to stay in its laid down position for another 2 weeks! The Cheese for the 1st Feb probably has not been made yet!!

Lots going on behind the scenes though! Ladies Rugby is HIGH up the agenda as is Tartan touch. Watch out for these great initiatives. For ladies rugby follow this link, https://www.dundeehighrugby.club/dundee-womens-rugby-taster-session/

Six Nations Rugby in the Clubhouse. Come and support your Club and watch great Rugby on the multi-screen, multi-media, Crown surround sound ©. Follow this link for details including events and opening times. https://www.dundeehighrugby.club/2019-six-nations-at-the-rugby-club/

Rugby. This weekend we return to the borders to play Jed Forest. It’s a 3pm KO. The Titans are at Biggar and is a 2pm KO. Dundee Morgan don’t have a game having finished their league program. They were just short of winning the league falling at the final hurdle v Rosyth.

If you are doing a dry January then good luck to you. If you are also doing a dry February……. Really!

We hope you have a great Rugby weekend.

Gerry Tosh.

Dundee Women’s Rugby Taster Session

Want to get fit and try something new?

Learn to play a new team sport and benefit from the values of rugby. If you’ve played before we’d love to see you. If you’ve never played before come along and give it a go! All welcome!

Dundee Ladies Rugby is having it’s first taster session on Sunday the 3rd February at 2pm.

Fun, fitness and even a social after! All you need is sports clothes and trainers you don’t mind getting muddy (some spare boots may be available to borrow)

Full Details – https://www.facebook.com/events/2110006855756170/

Follow Dundee Women’s Rugby on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Dundee-Womens-Rugby-Club-737900256580757/

Match Report – Selkirk 28-8 Dundee High Rugby – 19 January 2019

The threatened big freeze had failed to materialise, meaning Dundee kicked off against Selkirk in cold but perfectly playable conditions at Philiphaugh, under one of the best sets of floodlights in Scottish Rugby. Indeed, the whole of Philiphaugh was looking in great nick, a credit to the hard work that this friendliest of clubs (off the pitch!) put into the game.

Dundee’s only ever present so far this season, Angus Thomson, was missing for the first time, Andy Clarkson taking his place. Andy Dymock started at scrum half as a late replacement for the injured Stewart Lathangie, and Jack Newth made his league debut at loosehead prop, becoming the 50th different player to have played for our 1st XV this season.

Dundee’s first few lineouts in Selkirk’s half went well, with South African hooker Dylan Whitcombe hitting his man, but a couple of penalties as Dundee struggled to clear out break downs let Selkirk ease the pressure. Selkirk’s No. 15, Rory Banks, pushed a penalty attempt wide in the 9th minute, but Dundee failed to take advantage of that let off. A charged down kick on our 22 led to too many Dundee players failing to secure the loose ball. Selkirk’s No. 7 Higgins had no such inhibitions, however, touching it down among a posse of Dundee players as it bounced back over our line. No. 15 Banks slotted the conversion, and it was 7 – 0 to Selkirk after 10 minutes.

After some midfield exchanges, Selkirk increased their lead all too easily from 1st phase ball, when a big gap opened up in Dundee’s midfield as Selkirk’s winger Anderson cut back inside, cantering over under the posts for a converted try to make it 14 – 0 with just 18 minutes gone.

Dundee regrouped, and worked their way up to Selkirk’s 5 metre line. Under pressure, our line out throw went wrong, but Selkirk knocked on, giving us a second bite at the cherry. And we took full advantage, good handling leading to a Fijian style flipped pass from skipper McKay to No. 14 Kieran D’Aeth, who went over in the far corner. Fraser missed the kick, but at 14 – 5  with over 10 minutes of the first half still to go, the Dundee supporters felt their side were coming back into it.

Dundee’s Man of the Match, prop Harry Meadows, was prominent with a number of good carries, and the Dundee scrum started to cause Selkirk all sorts of problems in the set, with prop Jack Newth giving his opposite number what might be called a good working over! As the first half drew to a close, a tremendous break by centre Ross Aitken nearly pierced the Selkirk defence, but he just couldn’t quite link with the supporting Kieran Scoular, and Selkirk held out, albeit at the cost of a penalty which McKay popped over to make it 14 – 8 to Selkirk at half time.  Could Dundee keep up the standard of that last 20 minutes in the second half?

Sadly, the answer is not quite. After starting well, and scorning a couple of kicks at goal for 5 metre lineouts which misfired, a series of 3 penalties in as many minutes took play from Selkirk’s 5 metre line to ours. In a good illustration of the difference between the 2 sides, Selkirk then executed their lineout well, attacked patiently, and after 4 or 5 recycles the Dundee defence ran out of men, letting Selkirk’s No. 13 Clapperton trot over in the corner for a well converted try. Selkirk’s lead was 21 – 8 with 52 minutes gone, after what was their first visit into Dundee territory in the second half. Andy Clarkson, who had tackled well all afternoon, had received a bang in the face for his pains in the build up to the try, and was replaced by Niall Hall.

More changes followed, as Kieran Scoular and Neil Turnbull also both suffered knocks (Turnbull’s coming as he was just stopped short of the Selkirk line), with their respective replacements being Paul Ritch and a happily restored Clarkson. Dundee were working hard, with No. 9 Dymock making some sniping runs from the base of the break down, and young No. 10 Harry Mercer (who drew high words of praise from former Scotland and British Lion stand off John Rutherford after the game) trying all he knew to break through. However, the well organised Selkirk defence stood firm, snuffing out one great Niall Hall break on their 22 as Dundee failed to get men there quickly enough to retain possession. More knocks meant Andy Hamilton came on for flanker Angus Farquhar, who like his back row colleagues Lewis Macnamara and Kevin Franco had never stopped competing all afternoon, and Kieran returned for centre Duncan McIntyre, who had made a couple of good breaks to no avail in the 2nd half.

Dundee were tiring as their efforts to knock down Selkirk’s defensive brick wall came to nothing, and as so often happens, it was Selkirk who had the final say against a weary Dundee defence, Borthwick going over for a try in the very last minute of the game. Bank’s conversion made it 28 – 8 at full time, which the Dundee faithful felt was an unfair reflection on Dundee’s performance over the 80 minutes. However, our lack of penetration, often caused by our failure to secure quick ball from the break down, meant we never quite pressed Selkirk hard enough.

Dundee Team: 15 Fraser Mackay, 14 Kieran D’Aeth, 13 Duncan McIntyre, 12 Ross Aitken, 11 Kieran Scoular, 10 Harry Mercer, 9 Andy Dymock; 1 Jack Newth, 2 Dylan Whitcombe, 3 Harry Meadows, 4 Andy Clarkson, 5 Neil Turnbull, 6 Kev Franco, 7 Angus Farquhar, 8 Lewis Macnamara

Replacements 16 Taylor Smith, 17 Niall Hall, 18 Andrew Hamilton, 20 Paul Ritch