Match Report – Dundee High Rugby 46-29 Kelso – 23 March 2019

Dundee came roaring out of the blocks on a lovely spring day at Mayfield, described by guest lunch speaker and ex-international Stewart Campbell as about the best setting he’d ever played rugby at, and he’s played all round the world! Dundee kicked off with the strong wind (blowing down the  pitch to the Dalgleish Road end) in their favour.  A good Fraser McKay penalty after 4 minutes from around the 10 metre line helped ease any early nerves.

After dominating possession and territory for the next 10 minutes, Dundee suddenly caught fire, crossing for 4 unanswered tries in the next 20 as this steadily strengthening young  team  benefited from the quality added by the recent return of a handful of senior players. First, Ross Aitken went over just left of the posts, after a good Stuart Barlow drive. Fraser’s conversion made it 10 – 0 Dundee after 13 minutes. Kelso’s kick off was well fielded (Dundee’s restart play throughout was a vast improvement on some earlier performances this season) and a howitzer with the wind from Kieran Scoular took play from Dundee’s 22 to 10 metres from Kelso’s line. Kelso’s lineout throw went wrong, Angus Farquhar collected the overthrown ball, and a couple of drives later Stuart Barlow burst through for another Dundee try, again converted by Fraser. 17 – 0 after 16 minutes.

Once more, Dundee returned Kelso’s kick off with interest as confidence started to surge through the team – Barlow again made some hard yards and almost put McKay through, until the cover defence just pulled him down. But Borders teams never lie down, and Kelso finally started to play a bit, taking play to 30 metres out, where a penalty for a high tackle gave them their first shot at goal. The attempt drifted wide.

Dundee were using the wind well to keep play down towards Kelso’s line. An opportunity for Dundee from a 5 metre line out went abegging, but they kept pressing and a counter attack sparked by full back McKay went through the hands well, finishing with No. 4 Lewis Macnamara going over in the right hand corner for an unconverted try. Dundee 22, Kelso 0.

Yet again Kelso’s kick off was well taken, this time by Danny Levison, playing in the 2nd row, and a typical Harry Meadows 15 metre burst shredded the Kelso defence, giving Andrew Hamilton the chance to break through the last defender’s tackle and cross for his 7th try of the season, joint top along with Duncan McIntyre. Fraser’s conversion made in 29 – 0 for Dundee after 30 minutes.

Kelso at last got some traction in the game, and a tap penalty 5 metres out in the 34th minute led to centre Kindness touching down, the conversion making it Dundee 29 Kelso 7. A 2nd Dundee penalty by McKay on the stroke of half time made it 32 – 7 at the break. However, Kelso would have the strong wind in their favour in the 2nd half. Could they “do a Scotland”…?

Angus Thomson replaced Danny Levison at half time, and Dundee started the 2nd half in the same fashion as the first, a great “1 – 2” by Lewis Macnamara almost letting the big man over in the far corner straight away, until the cover defence just overtook him. The try was not long delayed, Lewis again making ground and scrum half Stewart Lathangie dummying over for his first try of the season. Dundee 39 – Kelso 7.

Kelso responded with the first of 2 tries from second row Common coming after 48 minutes from a rolling maul after a Kelso lineout 5 metres out. Dundee 39, Kelso 12.

Harry Mercer came on for Andrew Hamilton, and Kieran D’Aeth for Ruaridh Hood, as Dundee started to use their strong bench. Kieran was not to last long on the pitch, however. A Kelso kick ahead down his wing led to a collision as the players chased the rolling ball, deemed unfair by the referee and resulting in a yellow card for him after just 5 minutes on the pitch. From the Kelso penalty, kicked to the corner, another try ensued for No. 5 Common, duly converted, and narrowed the score to 39 – 19 in Dundee’s favour, with 56 minutes gone on the clock.

Down to 14 men, against the wind and with a series of penalties in Kelso’s favour, Dundee now started to struggle a little, and the large travelling Kelso support began to find their voice as their team pressed on a Dundee side pinned down in their own half. Good play by McIntyre and Aitken, finishing in a Dundee penalty, at last eased the pressure.

Pace can be so important in rugby, and so it proved as Dundee worked the ball out to the now restored Kieran D’Aeth on the half way line, who took off down his left wing, showing the Kelso defence a clean pair of heels with a strong run for Dundee’s 6th try, converted by McKay, to put the game beyond Kelso’s reach at 46 – 19 with just over 10 minutes left.

No 6 Donald Sangster had picked up a knock and made way for Kevin Franco, and the hard working Jack Newth was replaced by Lewis McLean as Dundee made full use of their bench. Defence was now the order of the day – Angus Farquhar, Harry Mercer, Ross Aitken, Andy Elton and Duncan McIntyre all adding to their tackle counts as Kelso pressed for the bonus point try.  Eventually, however, the home defence ran out of numbers, and Kelso No. 6 Brown crossed to secure the bonus point. A yellow card shortly after for Stewart Lathangie left a tired Dundee unable to hold out against Kelso’s last play, and their closing try made the final score Dundee 46, Kelso 29.

Dundee Team: 15 Fraser Mackay, 14 Kieran Scoular, 13 Duncan McIntyre, 12 Andrew Hamilton, 11 Ruaridh Hood, 10 Ross Aitken, 9 Stewart Lathangie; 1 Jack Newth, 2 Andy Elton, 3 Harry Meadows, 4 Lewis Macnamara, 5 Danny Levison , 6 Donald Sangster, 7 Angus Farquhar, 8 Stuart Barlow

Replacements 16 Lewis McLean, 17 Kev Franco, 18 Angus Thomson, 19 Harry Mercer, 20 Kieran D’Aeth

Gail Riding

The AU committee are pleased to confirm that Gail Riding has agreed to take on the role of Bar Supervisor at the Club.

Gail, who will be well known to many regulars, will have overall responsibility for most of the duties involved in running the Bar at Mayfield – including a significant involvement in the promotion of social events.

We are sure everyone at Mayfield wish her well in her new role.

TFI – Friday 22nd March

No TFI Friday this week or next due to competing events and exceptional circumstances. So don’t turn up, don’t pass go and don’t collect your FREE nibbles. Bar wont open.

Rugby. Last Saturday’s disappointment because the game v Kirkcaldy was called off due to a waterlogged pitch will be put aside so the lads can prepare for the game this Sat v Kelso RFC. Another BIG game. Titans have the same opposition and both games KO at 3pm. Please come and support the teams.

Saturday’s full Lunch club is the Premium lunch and look out for former Club and Country player Stewart Campbell who is the guest speaker.

We hope you have a great Rugby weekend.

Tartan Touch social

Dundee High Rugby in partnership with Morgan Rugby is proud to announce, “The first session of Tartan Touch Rugby in Dundee” starts on Tuesday 21st May at 7pm at Morgan Rugby ground at Alloway Place. Come along and join in or organise a team? Any questions email Neil Brown

This is mixed gender, mixed age group fun, non-contact, safe rugby for all the family. It can include a team from your place of work or just some pals wanting a new way to keep fit. All abilities or none are very welcome. It’s a 10 week block every week so the Summer of 2019 may well be your start to a fitness regime and a whole lot of fun.

Cost is £3 a session so about the same as a coffee a week and less caffeine! Please join the page and group at Facebook to keep in TOUCH with your fellow athletes. Watch out for more details.

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Kirkcaldy Away: Saturday 16th March

This Sat 16th March 2019 we travel to Kirkcaldy for what can rightly be billed as the biggest game of the season…. so far! We need the points with games fast running out. If we show the determination and commitment as was shown against Musselburgh we will do well. KO is 3pm at Kirkcaldy. We would encourage as many supporters as possible to make the trip to Fife to cheer on our lads. C’mon boys you can do it! Best of luck to you all and to the coaching staff.

TFI – Friday 15th March

TFI Friday 15th March 2019 is also St. Patricks day TFI

Top of the morning to you all! Last week’s TFI Friday is but a mere (distant) memory due in large part to a busy Friday and Sat in the Ferry! I am told reliably it was great fun! This week the bar will open when the big hand says 34 and the wee hand is between 5-6. FREE nibbles will feature and prominently. Guess the wine competition might be replaced by guess the Guinness and where the Irish cheese came from. Special offer this weekend from chief Leprechaun Paddy MacNeebs canned Guinness is only £2 per can! Bejesus get it while you CAN..getit. Once its went its went!

Rugby. This Sat we travel to Kirkcaldy for what can rightly be billed as the biggest game of the season…. so far! We need the points with games fast running out. If we show the determination and commitment as was shown against Musselburgh we will do well. KO is 3pm at Kirkcaldy.

There is also SOUPER Saturday in the Clubhouse (doors open at 12) with 3 Internationals to watch on the biggest surround multi screen with Digby Brown pure surround sound experience…..this end of the Arbroath Rd up to and including Baxter Park. We have 74 booked in for the Carvery Lunch supplied by Ian Cooke the cook. There will be some FREE standing space at the bar for a few casual devotees but NO pinching cheese!!!  Because it’s the St Patricks day celebration this weekend all snakes have been banned! HiSSsss you know who you used to be!

LOTTO. Please consider joining the Mayfield Lotto or buy another ticket or give someone a nice present with a pre paid years Lotto. If you are not innit you cant winnit innit! Makes a great birthday present! Show some luuv!

FREE Irish Cider (Max 1 can) for the best Limerick recited on the day provided no right handed drinking has been cliped on. Strict T&C’s apply, and no correspondence will be contemplated or entered into. My decision is final but can be changed depending on the amount of Bacardi we are talking about!

No stereotypes or racial profiling were excluded in the writing of this TFI Friday Notice.

We hope you have a great Rugby weekend.

TFI – Friday 8th March

It is still March and the Club will be open at 5.33pm on Friday as we pursue perfection in viniculture and in the pairing of a perfect cheese. No Liebfraumilch, Blue Nun or Kraft cheese slices will be contemplated only quality offerings. The FREE nibbles will indeed be FREE but a personal offering to the TFI gods would be appreciated. Surprise us with your choice and generosity!

Rugby. We won last week against Musselburgh which was a great effort. Well done guys and If we can do that against Kirkcaldy, Kelso and Aberdeen that would do nicely. The Club in partnership with Dundee Morgan have been given the Tartan Touch for this year. Watch the website for details and get a mixed team organised to support this great innovation and keep you (and the family) fit this summer. More here,

The Clubhouse will be open on Sat to watch Scotland v Wales and KO is 2.15pm. Bar opens at 1,30pm. Will Finn win the game single handed? Come along and find out!

Lotto winners were announced which is a timely reminder that there is room for more participants. You can join by downloading the form here, Your VP, an ex lawyer from Broughty Ferry recommends the Mayfield Lottery after trousering the top prize in the Mad March Draw. He said, “if yer not innit yous cant winnit… innit” he knows a thing or two!

Want to volunteer to help around the Club for any of our 3 sections? Get in touch with Willie Stoops the man with the plan also very good at putting oot fires!

Have a great weekend.