Match Report Dundee v GHA 22nd April 17

Dundee HSFP v GHA

22 April 2017

Was it the time of year? Something in the chill wind? There were four matches played in National 1 and 2 and the average number of points scored over the four was 89, ranging from 81 to 95!

In the early stages of this re-arranged fixture, which took place at the ground of Morgan RFC, there was no suggestion of the try-fest which was to follow. Early indications possibly favoured GHA, but the insecure handling which was to afflict much of their efforts, cost them the initial score. Shaun Gauld seized a loose ball and set of from his own half. In support were George Arnott and Andy Dymock, the latter finishing off with the opening try, easily converted by Fraser McKay and Dundee were 7-0 ahead after 7 minutes.

A fairly even spell followed, peppered with some loose play by both sides, until a penalty offence by the visitors allowed Dundee to find touch some 10 metres from the GHA line. Dundee drove the line-out maul then opened out leading to another penalty against GHA and Fraser McKay slotted the kick to extend the home lead. 10 – 0 with 18 minutes on the clock.

GHA’s attacking efforts were being hampered by handling errors and, when Dundee were able to take advantage, to relieve pressure in their 22, a line-out resulted on the 22-metre line, with a Dundee throw. A throw to the front and a break up the right touch-line followed, then the ball was moved across the park and Dundee were forced into touch on the left, 10 metres from the GHA line. GHA offended, and Dundee won the resultant scrum, with the ball being moved out until a clear space opened for Ali Mackie under the posts, for a try converted by Fraser McKay. 17 – 0 to Dundee with 29 minutes gone.

Almost immediately, the lead was extended. A break by Geo from the re-start took the ball into the GHA 22, where it was re-cycled for a try by Josh Rutnagur. The conversion attempt was missed but the Dundee support was delighted with the securing of the try bonus point, all-important in the quest for a fourth-place finish in the league. 32 minutes played and 22 – 0

Dundee continued in that mould when another breakout followed the kick-off, the ball moving through three pairs of hands before Ronan Joy scampered some 50 metres for a try, well converted by Fraser McKay. Dundee looking good at 29 – 0 after 36 minutes.

Half-time: Dundee HSFP 29 – GHA 0

A pleasing score-line for the Dundee faithful, although the points were secured without the side really seeming to find top gear. Indeed handling errors were a feature of play from both sides, especially affecting GHA. The half-time exhortations for Dundee included the warning to be aware of GHA’s second half performance, as evidenced by the game at Braidholm and GHA’s recent second half against league champions Marr.

In the event, it was therefore ironic that the next scores were by GHA. Already on the attack from the re-start, their cause was aided by a yellow card against Dundee. GHA quickly took the resultant penalty and Peter Jericevich nipped over for a try under the posts, converted by Andrew Goudie. 29 – 7 after 43 minutes.

Still on the offensive, GHA moved the ball from the kick-off and a long run from his own half by left-winger Andrew Spowart ended with the supporting Andrew Goudie touching down in the right corner, for a try well-converted by himself, and the deficit was reduced: 29 -14.

Dundee redressed the balance, however, with the next score, Josh Rutnagur claiming his second try, and Fraser McKay adding the extras with a fine conversion from out wide. Dundee now ahead 36 – 14 with 50 minutes played.

The strings were coming loose now, tries following thick and fast.

53 minutes: Dundee knocked on at the kick-off. GHA ran the ball from the scrum and Andrew Goudie scored in the corner for an unconverted try. 36 – 19

55 minutes: GHA lost the ball and Dundee launched a narrow attack down the right hand touchline, ending with Ice sliding through for an uncoverted try. 41 – 19

58 minutes: Dundee sustained possession and a break by Colin Strachan led to an unconverted try by Fraser Mckay; 46 – 19

65 minutes: GHA’s turn. Penalty offences were leading to a loss of Dundee momentum, then a kick through by GHA was pounced on by full-back, Nigel Kelly. Uncoverted, but a try bonus for GHA. 46-24.

72 minutes: The only two penalties of the half against GHA let Dundee into the GHA 22. Although the ball was initially lost, possession was regained and the ball was worked though hands for a second try by Ali Mackie, unconverted. 51 – 24.

76 minutes: In spite of a second yellow card, Dundee scored again after stealing the ball from GHA. Colin Strachan passed to Geo about half-way and he reached the GHA line for a try converted by Fraser. 58 – 24.

80 minutes: Despite being a man down again, it was Dundee who finished off the scoring with Dundee’s tenth and, perhaps, best try of the game. Dundee line-out possession was moved through the backs, with Ice on a loop move followed by the ball being moved through several pairs of hands and ending with a try by Henry Sampson. Fraser duly obliged and the whistle sounded for no-side. 65 – 24.

A bizarre game, with 89 almost ad hoc points scored without any obvious signs of structure: loose play and insecure handling perhaps featuring more. Satisfying from Dundee’s point of view, however, with a boost to the points differential and the all-important bonus point well-secured. Less satisfying, however, was another heavily-skewed second-half penalty count, which will be a focus of attention.

Dundee scorers:

Tries: Ali Mackie (2), Josh Rutnagur (2), Andy Dymock, Ronan Joy, Fraser McKay, Isao Matacagi, George Arnott, Henry Sampson

Conversions: Fraser McKay (6)

Penalty: Fraser McKay

Dundee Man of the Match: DannyMcGinn

1st XV to Face GHA, Alloway Place, KO 2.30pm

 

 

Team to play GHA on Saturday 2.30pm KO at Morgan

15. Danny McGinn
14. Isoa Matacagi
13. Fraser Mckay
12. Colin Strachan
11. Ronan Joy
10. Josh Rutnagur
9. Andy Dymock

8. Alasdair Mackie
7. Shaun Gauld
6. Gavin Hughan
5. Jack Anderson
4. George Arnott
3. Alan Brown
2. Angus Campbell
1. Jonny Gibson

16. Neil Dymock
17. Lewis Mclean
18. Andy Clarkson
19. Henry Sampson
20. Ewan Campbell

Meet at Morgan 1pm

N.B The post match MoM awards and player teas will be back at Mayfield, where the bar will also be open.

Important Notice

Twa Craws sat upon a Wa’

Although the 1st XV and Titans will be playing their fixtures at Alloway Place this weekend, the players teas and MoM presentations will be back at Mayfield. The bar will also be open for supporters after the match.

 

Venue Change for this Weekend 22nd April 2017 versus GHA

That’s right, we’ve changed venues more times than Lady GaGa changes costumes at an awards ceremony but this time the decision is final!

Morgan Rugby Club

Both 1st XV and Titans will be the guests of Morgan Rugby Club and will play their fixtures against GHA 1st & 2nd XV @ Morgan Rugby Club, Alloway Pl, Dundee, DD4 8UA

Kick Off is 2.30pm, see you there!

Our Sincere thanks go to Morgan Rugby Club for their generous hospitality in allowing us to fulfil this fixture.

 

Mayfield outraged with No Dundonian Lions!

Warren Gatland and company named their 41 man squad to travel to NZ this summer, which included a few shock announcements. Only 2 Scots make the touring party (Hogg and Seymour) and none from Mayfield. There had been high hopes that Broonie might be selected for another invitational side, off the back of his barbarian’s exploits, he loves a tour.

Why Not, just Why?

Mayfield also expected Rab the Crab to be picked on the same basis as Alan Quinlan’s in 2009, essential for squad morale.

Even the shoe -in Mayfields’ 50 + caps man Dicko got injured when he had one foot on the plane. Richie V is a good lad too, doesn’t Gats know that?

Homer & Passion on the Turkish leg of their round the world retirement

We will just have to make do with Homer and Passion assaulting the land of the long white cloud on their never ending retirement trip. The passion will be something special on this pilgrimage!

There are a few tenuous links though, Rory Best made the trip and we can claim him as he is real good mates with Scotty Jeffers (the yale is weak Scotty, never forget)

And Jack Nowell get’s picked, who credits his astronomical rise in recent years to his favourite rugby experience to date, Dundee v Pirates 20th Oct 2012, he could have said

“I owe everything to the lads at Dundee for helping me on this journey. Playing against Dave Curry was intense and really showed me what being a competitor is all about. Thanks to the Mayfield Roar I won’t be intimidated by any All Blacks supporters.”

The Robertson twin’s have got to ken Hogg as well, a’bdy kens a’bdy in the borders. So we’ll claim that one too.

 

You Shall go to the Ball

Spring has sprung and the sevens season has begun. That means its almost time for the annual end of year Ball. Although there are still two fixtures to fulfil the votes have been cast and the end of season awards are ready to be distributed.

 

After the roaring success of last years event, we’re back at the Apex on the 29th April 2017. 7pm, £42.50 pp. It includes a 3 course slap up meal and a band, as well as some questionable banter

It’s a last chance to grab your ticket for this Spring’s biggest event and the end of season blow out, we know you all need!

Rumour is that a young player has pulled out all the stops to get a date, here they can been seen during their “dress rehersal” in the back garden.

So look out those number 1’s and place an order for your tickets with Ken & Lynda McKay. Ken_mckay@btinternet.com or Mags Van der Esch mvanderesc@wiley.com

There are limited spaces left and must be confirmed by the 21st April 2017.

Here’s a shot of the Ball’s King and Queen from last year

 

Remember there are some drinks promos for the tables that can be booked in advance.

 

This one is a cracker :

Fizz, Beer and Wine £96.40

2 Bottles of Prosecco, 6 Budweiser, 2 bottles of Arium red, white or rose and 2 bottles of Still & 1 Sparkling mineral water (for the vegans)

Perfect for 8-10 guests (or just Keg and Broonie)

Speak to the head of your table for more offers or the organisers listed above. (The picture isn’t the greatest)

Hope to see you all there.

Match Report Dundee v Aberdeen Grammar

Dundee High Rugby 19 Aberdeen Grammar Rugby 12

 

 

As is so often the case at Riverside (the posts now being down at Mayfield), the wind dominated proceedings as Dundee took on traditional rivals Aberdeen Grammar both for important league points and also the Dallas Allardice Trophy. Watched by a healthy sized crowd, Dundee won the toss and elected to play with the wind in the first half, which was blowing straight down the pitch.

Despite playing into the teeth of the wind, the sizeable Grammar team, fielding a number of big units both up front and in the backs, mounted early pressure and it looked like they would soon muscle their way over in the early exchanges, until driven back by a great Cammy Mathieson goal line tackle. Unfortunately, Cammy saw yellow as he was penalised for not rolling away from the tackle, and Dundee were down to 14 men for the next 10 minutes. Aberdeen pressed hard again, until a great steal by Ronan Joy eventually lifted the siege.

Ali Mackie then made a fine break off a Dundee scrum that was under a fair bit of pressure throughout the game, No. 10 Josh Rutnugar linked, and as play swung left with a big Dundee overlap a score looked on until a pass was spilled on the Grammar 22. It was not long delayed, however, as a good Fraser McKay kick ahead put Aberdeen into all sorts of bother, and Colin Strachan regained possession and went over for the first try of the game, converted by Fraser. Dundee 7-0 ahead, after quarter of an hour had gone.

Five minutes later, Strachan was the main man once again, making a great break and linking with McKay, whose searching kick ahead once more caused consternation in the Aberdeen ranks, until eventually the danger was snuffed out. Not for long, however, as from the resulting lineout, stand off Josh popped up a short pass to Ali Mackie, running a great angle, who went over under the sticks against his former teammates. McKay added the extras, and Dundee led 14 – 0 after 25 minutes.

Dundee were in the midst of a purple patch, and shortly after the restart another crunching tackle by Cammy Mathieson on halfway knocked the ball loose, and Mackie kicked ahead to eventually force a lineout on the Grammar 5 metre line. Mackie himself stole the poor Grammar throw and touched down for his second and Dundee’s third try, after less than half an hour had gone. Dundee 19 – Aberdeen 0.

The remainder of the first half descended into a midfield battle, as the wind and a number of penalties took their toll on both sides’ attempts at continuity. The first half ended with a pass from Moose to Goose going loose, as Colin Strachan again made some hard yards, but Angus Campbell, showing up well in his first start for the 1st XV with some great breaks, was unable to cling onto the ball with a try threatening.

Would 19 first half points prove to be enough for Dundee,  playing into the mini-gale in the second half against a powerful Aberdeen side?

Dundee were forced into an early change after the restart as Cammy Mathieson was injured in a tackle, Niall Hall slotting in at hooker, and Angus Campbell moving to wing forward. Aberdeen made an fine early break, with No. 14 Walker, proving a real handful for the Dundee defence,  creating the initial line break, and a try looked likely until Ronan Joy, covering across from the other wing, put in a good tackle. Aberdeen were camped on the Dundee 22, and Dundee were again creaking until a Fraser McKay interception once more pushed Grammar back and earned Dundee some hard won breathing space. But these were rare moments as Aberdeen’s pressure mounted, and so did the penalty count against Dundee.

Luckily for the home side, Aberdeen’s attack became increasingly one dimensional in the windy conditions, and outstanding defence against Aberdeen’s bash it up approach meant Dundee’s line remained intact as the clock continued to tick down. Ronan made another big challenge, full back Danny McGinn did the same to frustrate another possible try, and then Colin Strachan joined in the defensive party with a couple of big hits as Aberdeen continued to bang their heads against the brick wall that was Dundee defence.

But Dundee’s defensive efforts were taking their toll. Fraser McKay had to leave the field injured, and Struan Gartley came on at wing forward, with Danny Levison moving out into the centre. Penalties then turned into yellow cards as first Niall Hall, then Broonie, were sent to the bin for 10 minutes each, and for a while Dundee were down to 13 men. Inevitably, Aberdeen’s extra numbers told, and at last Dundee’s line was breached as Aberdeen’s Dougie Russell went over to make it Dundee 19 Aberdeen 5 after 72 minutes.

Dundee were under the cosh again immediately from the kick off, until a 40 yard break by Ali Mackie gave them some breathing space. However, failure to retain possession, a problem throughout the second half, let Aberdeen press back towards the Dundee line, and with Dundee tiring Aberdeen centre Radcliffe went over, Knudson slotting the conversion. Dundee 19 Aberdeen 12, with just 2 minutes to go.

Broonie was back on by now, along with Lewis McLean in the front row, with Jonny Gibson coming off. A good restart saw Dundee work their way up to the Aberdeen 22, until another Aberdeen penalty (the second half count was 14 penalties to Aberdeen, 2 to Dundee) gave the men from Rubislaw one last chance to draw level in injury time, as the clock ticked past 80 minutes. And to their credit Aberdeen nearly took it, producing a great 5 minute spell of precision pick and drive, or one out rugby, and grinding their way steadily down the pitch to Dundee’s 22. At last, however, Dundee’s outstanding defensive commitment, combined with Aberdeen’s lack of a cutting edge, proved too much for the away team, and a knock on led to the referee blowing for full time to the relief of the Mayfield team and supporters.

 

Summary – A young Dundee team could be proud of their second half defensive efforts, which meant the Dallas Allardice cup stayed in Dundee, and was presented to skipper Andy Dymock after the match by Lorna and Catrina, 2 of Dallas’s daughters.

 

Dundee team:

  1. Danny McGinn, 14. Ewan Campbell, 13. Fraser McKay, 12 Colin Strachan, 11. Ronan Joy, 10. Josh Rutnagur, 9. Andy Dymock, 1. Jonny Gibson 2. Angus Campbell, 3. Alan Brown, 4. George Arnott, 5. Jack Anderson 6. Cameron Mathieson, 7. Danny Levison, 8. Ali Mackie

Bench: 16. Niall Hall, 17. Lewis McLean, 18. Struan Gartley, 19. Kaleem Barreto, 20. Andrew Burgess

 

An insight into the great Dallas Allardice

Dundee and Aberdeen face each other this weekend at Riverside, to contest the Dallas Allardice trophy. This trophy means a great deal to both clubs and always adds a little spice to proceedings.

Here’s a personal experience and an extract from a press report 68 years ago, from Scotland against France in Paris.

“The victory was largely due to the stupendous efforts of sturdy little Allardice at scrummage half. Allardice baffled the heavy French forwards in the breaks time and time again and paved the way to both tries. In the first half, an adroit kick ahead helped Elliot to beat a surprised defence. In the second, Allardice gave a pass which sent Jackson away, the latter doing well to kick inside when about to be crowded out and Kinninmonth getting the try which Allardice converted”.

Scotland also defeated Wales that year

Dallas Allardyce

In the crowd that day was Dallas’ future wife Pat. The pair met one year later in Menton, in the south of France, where, by coincidence, William Webb Ellis, the inventor of rugby is buried. The rest, as they say is history

1st XV to Face Aberdeen Grammar for the Dallas Allardice Trophy, Riverside, KO 3pm

Team to play Aberdeen GSFP on Saturday 2.45pm KO at Riverside

 

15. Danny McGinn
14. Ronan Joy
13. Fraser Mckay
12. Colin Strachan
11. Ewan Campbell
10. Josh Rutnagur
9. Andy Dymock

8. Alasdair Mackie
7. Daniel Levison
6. Cameron Mathieson
5. Jack Anderson
4. George Arnott
3. Alan Brown
2. Angus Campbell
1. Jonny Gibson

16. Niall Hall
17. Lewis Mclean
18. Struan Gartley
19. Kaleem Barreto
20. Andrew Burgess

Meet at Riverside 1.15pm

Dundee Team to Play in 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose 7s, 8th April 2017, Greenyards

Dundee Team to Play in 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose 7s, 8th April 2017, Greenyards

Daniel Levison

Alasdair Mackie

George Arnott

Blair Cochrane

Kaleem Barreto

Andy Dymock

Isoa Matacagi

Ryan Fairweather

Josh Rutnagur

 

Ronan Joy

The team has been coached by Dougie Gray and you can See a List of Fixtures Here, with Dundee starting in the first round v Ayr.