Match Report Musselburgh v Dundee 18th Feb 17

Musselburgh v Dundee HSFP

18 February 2017

Having won the toss, Dundee elected to play with the stiff breeze in the first half and began with welcome energy and determination. Two early penalty offences denied them momentum, however, and allowed the home side to test the Dundee defence.

When the ball was cleared from defence, Dundee won back possession and the ball was passed from George Arnott to Ewan Fox and lastly to Fraser McKay who dived over on the left wing for the opening score. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful and Dundee were 0 – 5 ahead after 7 minutes.

Three minutes later, the lead was increased when Ryan Fairweather intercepted a Musselburgh pass and made good ground before passing to the supporting Foxy who finished off with the try, which he converted, and Dundee were 12 points ahead.

Musselburgh hit back with sustained possession, aided by Dundee’s penalty infringements and eventually the pressure told when left winger Sandy Watt rounded off a handling move across the pitch with a try in the left corner. The kick was missed and the score moved to 5 – 12.

In spite of losing momentum by penalty infringements, Dundee were working well in defence, putting pressure on Musselburgh in the open and restricting the home side to driving mauls to gain ground. A rare penalty offence by Musselburgh, however, gave Dundee their next opportunity. The ball was kicked to touch in the Musselburgh 22, and was won at the line-out, leading to a drive, then some close-quarter passing, before Foxy found gaps in the Musselburgh defence to run through for a try which he again converted, to extend the lead to 14 points: 5 – 19.

The majority of possession was going Musselburgh’s way, but Dundee’s defence,  was forcing errors from the home side. Too often, however, Dundee penalties were blighting the visitors’ cause. Nevertheless, they held out until, with three minutes of the half remaining, Dundee were penalised for a deliberate knock-on and scrum half Danny Owenson kicked the penalty goal, making the score 8 – 19.

Reduced by a man, the Dundee pack felt Musselburgh pressure at the next scrum which the home side disrupted and hacked the ball to touch in the Dundee 22. Dundee lost the line-out, handing initiative back to Musselburgh but the defence held out until the half-time whistle.

Half-time: Musselburgh 8 Dundee 19

Although Musselburgh appeared to have the greater share of possession and territory, the energy and commitment of Dundee’s defence, coupled with opportunistic scoring, meant that Dundee turned with a useful lead to face a second half into the wind. The penalty count continued to cause concern and was a focus of the half-time exhortations.

It was the home team which showed first after the resumption. Dundee lost possession to give the initiative back to Musselburgh. Although Musselburgh were penalised at a scrum and Dundee cleared, the visitors lost their line-out, not for the only time in the game, leading to sustained pressure by Musselburgh, which ended with centre Ben Hibberd barging over for a try converted by Owenson, and the gap was narrowed to just 4 points: 15 – 19 after 46 minutes.

In only two more minutes, however, the gap was extended when Dundee secured possession in some loose play and moved the ball to the home line, with George Arnott finishing off the move with a try, converted by Foxy and Dundee were 15 – 26 ahead.

Musselburgh continued to test the Dundee defence, mainly with forward drives, but were hampered by handling errors and the scoreboard attendants were not required again until a moment of controversy with five minutes of normal time remaining. A loose ball appeared, to this observer, to be nudged forward off Dundee shins, but to most of the onlookers, to have been knocked on. Fortunately for Dundee, the referee allowed play to continue and, amid howls of protest from the home support, the ball was carried on by Colin Strachan who strove for the line and a try converted by Foxy. Protests continued, however, and a yellow card was shown to a home player. Dundee further ahead, 15 –  33 after 75 minutes. (Subsequent video evidence confirmed the referee was correct!)

Dundee were now on top and used their numerical advantage in the scrum to good effect a couple of minutes later, to secure possession and begin a handling move which saw Kaleem Barreto finishing off the move with a try which Foxy converted, and Dundee were 15 – 40 ahead.

Dundee won possession from the re-start and threatened the Musselburgh line with a series of drives. When Musselburgh were penalised, Dundee took the kick quickly and continued the drive, ending with a try for Alan Brown. The kick was unsuccessful and the whistle sounded for no-side.

Full-time: Musselburgh 15 Dundee 45

A final score which suggested the game was more one-sided than possession might have indicated. Dundee’s miss-firing line-out and adverse penalty count, particularly in the first half, were compensated, however, by the energy and commitment of their defence, limiting Musselburgh’s scoring opportunities and inducing errors.

Dundee scorers:

Tries: Ewan Fox (2), Fraser McKay, George Arnott, Colin Strachan, Kaleem Barreto, Alan Brown

Conversions: Ewan Fox (5)

Dundee Man of the Match: Ewan Fox

Musselburgh v Dundee HSFP

18 February 2017

 

Having won the toss, Dundee elected to play with the stiff breeze in the first half and began with welcome energy and determination. Two early penalty offences denied them momentum, however, and allowed the home side to test the Dundee defence.

 

When the ball was cleared from defence, Dundee won back possession and the ball was passed from George Arnott to Ewan Fox and lastly to Fraser McKay who dived over on the left wing for the opening score. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful and Dundee were 0 – 5 ahead after 7 minutes.

 

Three minutes later, the lead was increased when Ryan Fairweather intercepted a Musselburgh pass and made good ground before passing to the supporting Foxy who finished off with the try, which he converted, and Dundee were 12 points ahead.

 

Musselburgh hit back with sustained possession, aided by Dundee’s penalty infringements and eventually the pressure told when left winger Sandy Watt rounded off a handling move across the pitch with a try in the left corner. The kick was missed and the score moved to 5 – 12.

 

In spite of losing momentum by penalty infringements, Dundee were working well in defence, putting pressure on Musselburgh in the open and restricting the home side to driving mauls to gain ground. A rare penalty offence by Musselburgh, however, gave Dundee their next opportunity. The ball was kicked to touch in the Musselburgh 22, and was won at the line-out, leading to a drive, then some close-quarter passing, before Foxy found gaps in the Musselburgh defence to run through for a try which he again converted, to extend the lead to 14 points: 5 – 19.

 

The majority of possession was going Musselburgh’s way, but Dundee’s defence,  was forcing errors from the home side. Too often, however, Dundee penalties were blighting the visitors’ cause. Nevertheless, they held out until, with three minutes of the half remaining, Dundee were penalised for a deliberate knock-on and scrum half Danny Owenson kicked the penalty goal, making the score 8 – 19.

 

Reduced by a man, the Dundee pack felt Musselburgh pressure at the next scrum which the home side disrupted and hacked the ball to touch in the Dundee 22. Dundee lost the line-out, handing initiative back to Musselburgh but the defence held out until the half-time whistle.

 

Half-time: Musselburgh 8 Dundee 19

 

Although Musselburgh appeared to have the greater share of possession and territory, the energy and commitment of Dundee’s defence, coupled with opportunistic scoring, meant that Dundee turned with a useful lead to face a second half into the wind. The penalty count continued to cause concern and was a focus of the half-time exhortations.

 

It was the home team which showed first after the resumption. Dundee lost possession to give the initiative back to Musselburgh. Although Musselburgh were penalised at a scrum and Dundee cleared, the visitors lost their line-out, not for the only time in the game, leading to sustained pressure by Musselburgh, which ended with centre Ben Hibberd barging over for a try converted by Owenson, and the gap was narrowed to just 4 points: 15 – 19 after 46 minutes.

 

In only two more minutes, however, the gap was extended when Dundee secured possession in some loose play and moved the ball to the home line, with George Arnott finishing off the move with a try, converted by Foxy and Dundee were 15 – 26 ahead.

 

Musselburgh continued to test the Dundee defence, mainly with forward drives, but were hampered by handling errors and the scoreboard attendants were not required again until a moment of controversy with five minutes of normal time remaining. A loose ball appeared, to this observer, to be nudged forward off Dundee shins, but to most of the onlookers, to have been knocked on. Fortunately for Dundee, the referee allowed play to continue and, amid howls of protest from the home support, the ball was carried on by Colin Strachan who strove for the line and a try converted by Foxy. Protests continued, however, and a yellow card was shown to a home player. Dundee further ahead, 15 –  33 after 75 minutes. (Subsequent video evidence confirmed the referee was correct!)

 

Dundee were now on top and used their numerical advantage in the scrum to good effect a couple of minutes later, to secure possession and begin a handling move which saw Kaleem Barreto finishing off the move with a try which Foxy converted, and Dundee were 15 – 40 ahead.

 

Dundee won possession from the re-start and threatened the Musselburgh line with a series of drives. When Musselburgh were penalised, Dundee took the kick quickly and continued the drive, ending with a try for Alan Brown. The kick was unsuccessful and the whistle sounded for no-side.

 

Full-time: Musselburgh 15 Dundee 45

 

A final score which suggested the game was more one-sided than possession might have indicated. Dundee’s miss-firing line-out and adverse penalty count, particularly in the first half, were compensated, however, by the energy and commitment of their defence, limiting Musselburgh’s scoring opportunities and inducing errors.

 

Dundee scorers:

Tries: Ewan Fox (2), Fraser McKay, George Arnott, Colin Strachan, Kaleem Barreto, Alan Brown

Conversions: Ewan Fox (5)

MoM Ewan Fox

Dundee Man of the Match: Ewan Fox

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