Titans fixture v Stew Mel off as Dundee are unable to field a side
Diary of a Dundee Kid – Stellenbosch Acadamey of Sport
Our own Angus Fraser was selected for the Macphail Scholorship this year, a prestigious accolade which has included notable Scottish Rugby players in the past, Finn Russell, Johnny Gray and John Barclay to name a few.
We took the opportunity to catch up with the Dundonian to see how he’s fairing in Africa, the cradle of civilisation.
DR: How’s the Stellenbosch Acadamey of Sport and how are you enjoying it so far?
“Ok so just started the seconded block of pre-season training which is focusing more on the contact point. In the first block it was a lot of fitness to get us started and then throughout both the weeks we have been going though technical points and shape of how we want to play but in the games. It’s been a great learning experience and the coaching has been at a high standard with all of the coaches being ex professionals, Ernst Jobert (Saracens) Chris Rossouw (Toulon) Corne Uys (Sale & Falcons). We have had a lot of time to work on skills and can see the improvements made especially with throwing.”
“Have been to 2 of the varsity cup games which have been amazing with over 15000 pupils there supporting Maties it is quite a atmosphere.”
DR: What are the digs like and the facilities? Do they rival the famed Dundee player’s accommodation lovingly known as Alcatraz?
“We’re in a block of flats right next to the main building and pitches it’s kinda like university halls but for athletes. We aren’t the only ones here Western Provence u19 and SA sevens team stay here too and different types of athletes like the Denmark Olympic triathlon people are here and swimmers and come and go for training camps”
DR: Who do you bunk down with?
“I’m with an American boy called Jonas who plays hooker too, he’s a typical Yankee Doodle loud as the come. But better than rooming with someone like Ceillem, he’s a total W**ker”
We’re not sure why Ceillem’s walking is such a problem for Angus, but hey!
DR: We know that Angus is a bit of a pie muncher, so we went straight for the most important questions. What’s the food like and have you tried any local delicacy’s?
“Canteen food is a hit or a miss and the serve weird things like lamb neck stew. But it’s always a bit of meat potatoes or sweet potato and broccoli and cauliflower. My Afrikaans teammates have hosted a couple braais which were class cooking us south African sausages and steaks.”
DR: So when are your first games, and how can the Dundee faithful follow you?
DR: So how hard is training and are you getting much free time, how are your compatriots getting on?
AF: “The other boys are all doing well, training is hard with Tuesday and Thursday being our heavy training days. We haven’t had much free time yet, but it’s great fun and we’re enjoying the weather. We will be getting an Easter Break and we’re planning on maybe going to some of the South Africans boys place! ”
DR: Hanging around with the lads eh Angus, somethings never change? Have you even seen a SA female?
AF: I’m an absolute lady killer and the SA women are fawning over me (May not actually be a direct quote, please don’t ask the author about this…)
DR: Angus, do you have a message for the Dundee lads?
AF: “I have been following there games and has been looking good so keep it up and try to keep climbing the table I guess”
This author may have taken some liberties with Angus’ quotes, but it’s clear the youngster is doing well and loving life.
All at Dundee wish Angus all the best and will be following with great interest! #doingthecrownproud
Next week we catch up with former Dundee favourite front rower Shota the Georgian Bear.
Team to play Stew Mel (A) on Saturday KO 1500:
15. Kieran Scoular
14. Ronan Joy
13. Isoa Matacagi
12. Neil Herron
11. Danny McGinn
10. Harvey Young
9. Fraser Mckay
8. Lewis McNamara
7. Angus Farquhar
6. Alasdair Mackie
5. Peter Redmayne
4. George Arnott
3. Alan Brown
2. Ceillem Stewart
1. Lewis Mclean
16. Logie Walker
17. Josh Steadwood
18. Andrew Clarkson
19. Andrew Hamilton
20. Henry Sampson
Meet at Mayfield 1140
Usual attire pre/post match
TFI Friday 16th Feb 2018
Belated happy Valentines day to all our friends. My postie complained about the volume of cards he had to struggle with up my path. Shorter TFI Message this week due to other competing tasks.
Bar opens at 5.34 a bit later this week due to snow and ice. FREE nibbles again a feature. A great wine to taste and a plate of cheese to partake of. The quiz conducted by the Rev Andrew will again feature and some music courtesy of our resident DJ to get you in the mood for….well something.
This week in history nothing was reported.
Rugby. The guys did well at Falkirk but the Titans not so well at Biggar. This week both teams go to Inverleith the home of Stewarts Melville RFC. Both games KO at 3pm.
Hope you have a great rugby weekend.
Although there was another changed line-up, with starting debutants, any hopes harboured by Dundee that the game might be a less testing affair, given Falkirk’s win-less season so far, were swiftly extinguished as the hosts more than matched Dundee for the first half hour, which saw them edge into the lead.
Given the amount of surface water on the fields around Falkirk, it was no surprise to find a pitch soft underfoot, but the turf remained firm enough. Falkirk kicked off and were soon pressing in the Dundee half. Had their handling been more secure, they might well have taken the lead, but in the
event, it was Dundee who opened the scoring. Calls could be heard from Dundee players urging their team mates to “switch on” and as they started to improve, good ground was made by Geo, before the ball was passed to Fraser. A dummy took him past the Falkirk defence and the move was finished off by Ice, who scooted round behind the posts, leaving Harvey a straightforward conversion. 0-7 after 15 minutes.
There was little action of note for the next ten minutes, with the side evenly sparring. Then Falkirk induced a penalty at a scrum and kicked to touch. From the line out, the ball was driven over the Dundee line, with captain, Stewart McCulloch, claiming the touch down: scrum-half Fionn Call added the extra two points and the scores were level. 7-7 with 25 minutes played.
Falkirk were ahead five minutes latter, when a penalty against Dundee in front of the posts gave Call the chance, which he accepted and the lead was Falkirk’s, 10-7.
Dundee were on the offensive after the kick-off, but losing the ball and a penalty offence prevented any serious pressure on the Falkirk line. Then, after 35 minutes, Andy Dymock was introduced from the bench and the whole Dundee momentum seemed to shift, as they upped the tempo, pressing in the Falkirk 22 until the line was crossed by Ali Mackie, for a try converted by Harvey and Dundee were back ahead, 10-14.
With increased pace, Dundee were back on the attack after the kick-off and a run down the right by Ali Mackie ended with the ball being taken on by Duncan Leese for a try, which was unconverted. 10 – 19, with a minute of the half remaining.
Half-time: Falkirk 10 Dundee 19
A flat first 30 minutes, with both sides swapping mistakes, came to life for Dundee in the final minutes. “Let that set the tone for the second half” was the message in the half-time huddle.
Dundee did indeed begin brightly after the resumption, but lost possession, allowing Falkirk to gain ground. When Dundee were penalised in front of the posts, Call kicked the goal to reduce the leeway and keep Falkirk in touch with 7 minutes of the half gone: 13 -19.
Dundee’s lead was extended almost immediately however, after they won possession after the kick-off. A great burst by Niall Hall took play to near the Falkirk posts and when the ball was shipped right, Kieran Scoular was on hand to take the final pass and score an unconverted try. 9 minutes on the clock and 13 – 24.
Dundee were now moving the ball well and, but for some insecure handling, might have increased their lead before a penalty against Falkirk allowed Dundee to move the ball right, with Neil Herron making ground before passing to Ali Mackie for his second try, converted by Fraser, to stretch the lead. 13 -31 after 56 minutes.
Falkirk enjoyed a spell of pressure and, after spurning a couple of overlap opportunities, they were back on the score sheet after their stand-off, Connor Faulds, darted through for an unconverted try, making the score 18 – 36 with 64 minutes played.
Although their play had improved from the first 30 minutes, some errors were creeping into the Dundee play and good attacking opportunities were being lost with some inaccurate passing and handling and no-side was nearing before Dundee troubled the scoreboard operator again. When Falkirk were penalised in their 22 Ice took the kick quickly and shot through for a try converted by Fraser. 18 – 38, with 2 minutes remaining.
Then, right at the death Dundee added a final try. Back on the attack from the kick off, they spread the ball left, then right, using the width of the pitch before the play was ended with a try by Gavin Hughan and the missed conversion brought the final whistle.
Full-time: Falkirk 18 Dundee 43
A comfortable enough win for Dundee in the end, even if it was Falkirk’s narrowest defeat of the season. There was some comfort to be taken in the team’s performance after the first 30 minutes, with evidence that the pace, width and off-loading, which had been missing in recent weeks, could still be generated.
Tries: I Matacagi (2), A Mackie (2), D Leese, K Scoular, G Hughan
Conversions: H Young (2), F McKay (2)
Dundee Man of the Match: Charles Clark
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Dundee HSFP v Gala
3 February 2018
Dull, dour and dreich. Not just a description of the weather, but also of the game at Mayfield as two under-strength teams struggled in the entertainment stakes. Due to the early (12.15) kick-off, the teams changed at Dalnacraig, as the Mayfield changing rooms were being used for school matches and perhaps the combination of early start and different location disorientated a Dundee side which, even with the changes of personnel, played below its potential. This was nowhere more evident than in the set scrum, where Dundee were under severe pressure for the whole of the game.
A Harvey Young penalty attempt which hit the outside of the post was the nearest either side came to scoring in the first ten minutes. Indeed, it was the nearest either side came to scoring for over thirty minutes, with close-quarter contact rugby being the order of the day. Taking advantage of their scrum superiority, and their ability to shunt the home scrum back, Gala chose the scrum option when awarded a couple of penalties near the Dundee 22, but failed to convert the pressure into points. It was a little surprising, however, when a third similar opportunity was presented
and this time the kick at goal was the selection. Stand-off Keddie obliged, and the electronic scoreboard was brought into life. 0 – 3 after 33 minutes.
The lacklustre fare continued until half-time, with no further scoring.
Half-time: Dundee 0 Gala 3
A half to forget, which, fortunately, I have.
During the break, Dundee were exhorted to increase the energy and improve their accuracy, but in the event, it was Gala which began the brighter. Then, with the half some five minutes old, after Gala lost a line-out, Dundee moved the ball at pace and at last Ice found some clear space on the right and darted over to score. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but the try sparked some hope in the Dundee support. Dundee 5 Gala 3
The optimism was not long-lived, however, as a penalty against Dundee five minutes later, allowed Gala to kick for touch and the resulting line-out was driven over for a Stewart try, converted by Keddie.
Dundee 5 Gala 10.
The penalty count was taking an all-too-familiar shape, and yet another against Dundee, some four minutes later, allowed Keddie to increase Gala’s lead: 5 – 13.
Then, with just over an hour played, a bright spot to raise the home support’ s morale. Starting with a fine break by Harvey Young, the ball was moved into the Gala red zone, with George’s help, before Harvey determinedly pressed on against the final Gala defence, to score. The conversion was missed, but Dundee were back within touching distance, at 10 – 13.
Another Keddie penalty put Gala 6 points ahead, but there was still hope for Dundee as they had perhaps their best spell of the game, exerting pressure on the Gala line. Penalties were their undoing again, however, but, with full-time approaching, there appeared a great chance to snatch a win when a superb break by Fraser McKay saw him burst clear, on his way to the Gala line and under the posts. Unfortunately the defence was just quick enough to grab him and the chance, and the game, was gone.
Full-time: Dundee 10 Gala 16
A dismal early afternoon performance which left the Dundee faithful frustrated, with the team failing to reach its potential, in a drab game punctuated with handling errors and penalties.
At least there was the prospect of watching Scotland kick-start their 6-Nations season with a good win in Cardiff. Oh dear.
Tries: Matacagi, Young
Dundee Man of the Match: Angus Farquar
Dundee HSFP wish to congratulate their young prop Murphy Walker on his inclusion in Stevie Scott’s Scotland U20’s Squad for the U20 Six Nations Championship.
Murphy who is a product of Strathallan School gets his chance to impress in the junior Six Nations after impressing the national coaches.
Also named in the squad is former Dundee favourite Kaleem Barreto. Good luck to both men for the tournament, we will be watching with interest.
Scotland squad for 2018 U20 Six Nations Championship
Murphy Walker (Strathallan/ Dundee HSFP)
Shaun Gunn (Edinburgh Accies)*
Nathan McBeth (Golden Lions)
Finlay Richardson (Edinburgh Accies)
Finn Hobbis (Watsonians)*
Robbie Smith (Ayr)*
Bradley Clements (Ealing)
Ewan Johnson (Racing 92)
Jamie Hodgson (Watsonians)*
Alan Gregory (Northumbria University)
Harry Butler (Hartpury)
Dan Marek (Boroughmuir)
Martin Hughes (Heriot’s)
Archie Erskine (Boroughmuir)*
Guy Graham (Hawick)
Devante Onojaife (Northampton Saints)
Kaleem Barreto (Marr)**
Charlie Chapman (Gloucester)
Charlie Gowling (Stade Francais)
Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks)*
Callum McLelland (Edinburgh Rugby)
Logan Trotter (Stirling County)*
Kyle Rowe (Glasgow Hawks)
Sam Yawayawa (Glasgow Hawks)**
Rory McMichael (Glasgow Hawks)
Paddy Dewhirst (Ayr)*
Mark New (Glasgow Hawks)
Stafford McDowell (Ayr)*
*BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy supported players 2017-18
**BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 players 2017-18
Dundee HSFP v GHA Mayfield , 27th January 2018
After disappointing back to back defeats against Kelso and Edinburgh Accies, Dundee went into this match sitting in 6th place in BT National League One.
The chat in the Mayfield clubhouse was that this home match against GHA – sitting one place above Dundee but only 2 points ahead -was a must win match.
The 77 lunch clubbers were in good spirits – thanks to match sponsor Harry Fairbairn BMW and lunch club sponsor J&E Shepherd. As in previous weeks Mayfield was again anointed by rugby royalty , this time in the form of ex player and current Scotland international Alasdair Dickinson . Alasdair , although currently injured , has amassed 58 Scotland caps and is indeed the highest capped ex Dundee player.
As always, Head Coach Colin Sangster addressed the Lunch Club and informed the assembles masses that the Club had received good news and bad news this week. Good news in that young prop Murphy Walker had been called up to the Scotland U-20 squad for the U-20 6 Nations. This was a fantastic achievement for a young lad in his first few months in senior rugby. The bad news was that Murphy would not be available for Dundee until after the 6 Nations ie after 17 March. This prompted one lunch clubber to ask of Alasdair Dickinson, “Dicko – have you got your boots – we need a prop?” After debate, it was agreed that the national interest must come first and Dicko declined the invitation.
Although Murphy was out, there was some good news on the prop front with both Broonie and James Forrester returning to action. Kevin Franco continued at hooker, George and Neil were in the row, whilst in the back row Ally Mackie was a welcome return, with youngsters Lewis McNamara and Ross Milne as flankers. In the backs, Josh and Ice returned at 9 and 14 respectively, although Neil Herron was still out injured.
The Titans were also playing GHA and it was noted that in the GHA 2nd XV was Ranji Jerevich , one of Scottish rugby’s real good guys , who also holds the post of Rugby Convener at GHA.
It was with some relief that it was confirmed that the Titans had not seen fit to reciprocate in their team selection and that our own Rugby Convener Ken Andrew had not made the Titans starting XV. However, the Titans did have their particularly experienced player in Davie Mason who made up a centre partnership with 18 year old Sean Gauld. Davie is a tad over 18…. However , this illustrates one of the endearing aspects of amateur rugby , when a young blade with huge potential is partnered alongside a player who was been there , seen it , done it , been round the block a few times and is there to guide and advice the youngster. It is fair to say that given the nature of his mentor, Sean will not be short of words of advice…..
The 1st XV kicked off with GHA attacking the Dalgleish Road end with a strong wind in their favour.A
The initial period of the match was even, with wind advantage meaning that GHA had the majority of the possession. It was noticeable early on that their half back combination (Andrew Goudie at 10 and Andrew Gillman at 9) were lively and this theme was to continue throughout the match.
Indeed after a period of pressure, GHA drew first blood with a close range penalty by Goudie , after the Dundee backs had strayed offside. 3-0 GHA.
The Dundee team slowly creaked into gear and their big men – Ally, Broonie and Neil – became influential , gaining valuable yards each time they were in possession. This was eventually rewarded when following a scrum in the GHA 22, Ally Mackie picked up and displayed sheer power and determination to batter past 2 lines of defenders and make the line for a try. Harvey’s conversion was impressively accurate, considering it was against the wind. 7-3 Dundee.
The Mayfield faithful anticipated that Dundee would now step up a gear, but following a period of play in the midfield, it was GHA who scored next. Fly half Goudie’s kick ahead found space where you would have expected Dundee to have defenders. But they didn’t and this enabled GHA winger Spowart to be unchallenged as they touched down. The conversion was missed . 8-7 GHA.
Amongst the crowds on the touchline watching both the 1st XV, were 3 generations of the famous Paladini family – Sandro , Jack and dog. This peace of this pleasant Saturday afternoon family outing was shattered when dog suddenly broke his lead and bolted onto the 1st XV pitch where the respective scrums were about to pack down. Talented back Jack – currently unavailable for selection due to a wrist injury – displayed a turn of speed hitherto unseen during his appearances for the Dundee 1st XV, by chasing after and retrieving dog before he reached the scrum.
The pattern of the game was now emerging whereby where GHA struggled to cope when Dundee’s big men got going. Neil in particular had some battering runs with Ally and Broonie also to the fore. The chat amongst the Dundee supporters was that the Dundee team had hugely missed their physical presence over the last 2 matches in which Dundee had been defeated.
Indeed, it was the big men that combined to put Dundee back in front after 30 minutes, with Ally again going over after strong forward play following a quickly taken penalty by Harvey. The conversion was missed. 12-8 Dundee
The last 10 minutes of the first half saw GHA have the majority of possession and indeed in the last 5 minutes, they were camped in the Dundee 22. However, strong defence with hooker Franco and young flanker Milne to the fore, underpinned by an admirable determination not to concede any points, enabled Dundee to weather the storm and reach half time ahead.
Half Time – Dundee HSFP 12 GHA 8.
The feeling amongst the Dundee support was that this was a reasonable performance against the wind and it was hoped that Dundee would take advantage of the wind in the second half.
Sometimes what you hope for does come true and this was the case as straight from the restart Dundee scored. George made a break from half way from which he was supported by Neil. Half backs Josh and Harvey carried on and the ball was set up for Ally to crash over from close range and complete a hat trick of tries. Harvey converted. 19-8 Dundee
It was hoped that Dundee would kick on from this and get a couple of scores to give the team and the supporters some breathing space. However, although ground was made through some powerful breaks ,the GHA defence was good and on a couple of occasions when an extra man situation had arisen , the final pass agonisingly did not go to hand.
As mentioned earlier on the GHA halfbacks continued to be lively after 55 minutes GHA got back in the game. A long pass found their winger in space and he scored in the corner. The conversion was missed, but there was now only a converted try between the team.
GHA were well and truly back in the game at this point, aided by the award of a series of penalties. However when Dundee secured possession, they went back to the tactic that had served them best ie get the big guys on the ball and after a battering run by Neil, the ball was recycled quickly. Harvey displayed his good rugby brain by drawing the defence and throwing a long pass to hooker Franco in space. Kevin got his reward for an all-round excellent display by scoring in the corner. Harvey missed the kick. 24-13 Dundee.
This had been an entertaining match between two competitive sides with no hint of anything untoward, so it was a surprise when a flareup took place in the Dundee 22. As normally happens, after a “rammy” for a few seconds involving a number of players, things settled down very quickly
I fully accept that a “rammy” is a word not included in the SRU Techical Jargon dictionary- understandably so as it is a term most normally associated with junior football – but to the uninitiated, it may be translated as a scuffle or a commotion . Certainly nothing to get too concerned about.
The feeling on the touchline that it was “handbags” that would be sorted out by the referee telling the captains to tell their players to cool down and get back to playing the match in the manner in which it had been played up to this flare up.
However, a lengthy discussion between the referee and the assistant referee suggested that maybe more would be made of this.
And indeed there was.
The referee called both captains together, gave them an address in which the words “punch” was allegedly heard and produced a red card for Broonie.
This seemed harsh.
The crowd then waited for a similar red card for a GHA player or at least a yellow on the basis that both teams had players involved in the flare up, so both teams were at fault . Indeed a rammy by its very nature requires at least two participants.
It was therefore anticipated that this apportionment of blame would be recognised in the official’s response to the situation.
However, no other cards were produced. So it was only Dundee that were at fault in the rammy?
This seemed hardly equitable.
This decision meant that Dundee were down to 14 men for the remainder of the match – and uncontested scrums – and naturally this gave GHA heart. Sensing a chance, they upped their game, secured possession and play was concentrated in the Dundee 22. The Dundee defence held firm for a while, until replacement Usuda scored near the posts, converted by Goudie. This brought GHA within 4 points of Dundee with around 3 minutes remaining.
At this stage the collective blood pressure of the Dundee support was rising and they were again reaching for their pills when Harvey put the kick off straight out, meaning an uncontested scrum on the half way line.
GHA secured the ball and moved the ball across the pitch amongst their dangerous backs. A break was made, the ball was moving right and the Mayfield crowd could see to their collective horror that GHA had lined up a 4 man overlap…..
A long pass was thrown to get this overlap into space, when Superman , in the form of Ally Mackie , intercepted the pass on the half way line and , with no one in front of him , headed for the GHA try line.
What followed was one of these rare pieces of sporting drama that you maybe see once or twice a season : Dundee hanging onto a 4 point lead in the last minute of the match ,Ally charging for the GHA line like a runaway rhinoceros , the Mayfield crowd roaring him on and willing him to make the line , the GHA centres and wingers desperately trying to get back to tackle Ally and then the huge roar when he made it to the line for the clinching try.
Not just the clinching try but his 4th try of the match in a quite remarkable performance.
Harvey missed the conversion but nobody really cared as this score had made Dundee safe at 29-20.
In terms of sheer drama , the whistle for no side should have gone then , as nothing could follow the excitement of Ally’s score , but there were still a few seconds to play.
GHA kicked off , Dundee secured possession , went up the pitch , GHA conceded a penalty which Harvey nailed to round off proceedings.
Final Score – Dundee HSFP 32 GHA 20.
First and foremost , this was an important win after two defeats.
The securing of the bonus point was encouraging , as were aspect of the team’s play , while the main memory of the match will be Ally charging for the line for his 4th try , willed on by every Dundee supporter.
The coaches had their easiest decision of the season to make after the match when the man of the match was named as , who else , but Ally Mackie.
Business Development Manager
Part time, around 20-25 hours per week.
Salary: c£18-20,000 dependent on qualifications and experience
Dundee High Rugby Club is looking for an ambitious, suitably qualified
and self-motivated Business Development Manager to join a successful
team to manage and develop the commercial aspects of the club.
The position will require the successful candidate to generate income
through growth in sponsorship, events and grants and to expand the
club’s network of supporters.
The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate a track record of
generating new or increased revenue streams and an ability to show a
high standard of customer service management in their pursuit of
developing Dundee High Rugby Club as a sustainable community
based rugby club.
Dundee High Rugby is an ambitious club with an already sound network
of supporters at all stages of the game both on and off the field, and
with strong links with the local schools and the community, through the
3 strands of its senior section and its 2 flourishing junior sections.
The position is part funded by the Scottish Rugby Union Club
Please send applications to Gerry Tosh, President, 415 King Street,
Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2HA (email@example.com) with a
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Closing date – 16 February 2018