Dundee High Rugby 13-27 Stirling Wolves – Match Report

As predicted, Storm Dennis duly arrived at Mayfield around noon yesterday, soon making the playing surface look more like a paddy field than a rugby pitch. Luckily, we now have a state of the art 4G pitch at the new Regional Performance Centre at Caird Park to fall back on, and so for the first time we played a league match there. The playing facilities are fantastic, but the logistics and spectator experience less so, including the need for a 2 o’clock kick off. The lunch club attendees back down at Mayfield took this in their stride by simply foregoing watching the match, many delighted by not having to venture outside into the driving rain, but going forwards we will try to work round some of these spectating challenges!

It is a well known fact that men cannot multi-task, and as your reporter was also running the line yesterday, this report is of necessity a little sketchy! Stirling kicked off with the diagonal wind behind them, and camped in our 22 for the first 10 minutes. Our defence worked hard, but eventually the pressure told, and Stirling drove over for a try half way between the touchline and the posts. The kicking machine that is Stirling stand off Jonny Hope duly slotted the extra 2 points, to make it 7 – 0 to Stirling.

We responded well, and play see sawed for the next little while before some good handling gave flanker Finlay Ormiston, the Dundee Man of the Match, the ball some 30 yards out. A storming run through, round and over half a dozen Stirling defenders saw him aquaplaning over the Stirling line for a great try, the missed conversion leaving Stirling ahead by 7 – 5. Our scrum was generally holding its own, but our line out was under heavy pressure from Stirling in the difficult conditions, and a number of lost line out throws kept Stirling ahead of the game. A second converted try came for them around the 30 minute mark, and 2 further penalties from Hope meant we reached the interval with Stirling 20 points to 5 to the good.

Half time reflections Both sides had played some decent rugby in the conditions, the 4G pitch helping greatly compared to the mud bath it would have been on a grass pitch. Stirling’s bigger and more experienced forwards were edging the battle up front, but we would have the wind generally behind us in the second half.

We started the 2nd half well, and were taking play to Stirling more than we had done in the first 40 minutes. A good driving maul led to Ormiston getting his second try, again unconverted, but a further penalty from stand off Fraser McKay got us right back in touch at 20 – 13 down. Unfortunately, prop Jack Newth went down with a serious ankle injury, meaning the game had to go to uncontested scrums as we had already substituted our other prop, James Shellard, at half time.

A great handling move on the far side of the pitch, with No. 8 Lewis Macnamara, who was increasingly prominent, saw us come up just short of a 3rd try. But as so often happens, Stirling took advantage of that let-off, and went over for their third and final try, duly converted, to bring Stirling safely home as they managed the final minutes well.

Final score Dundee 13 Stirling 27

Full time reflections:  Good to get the game played. Stirling were the better side, but we competed well, worked hard and can hold our heads up. We’re not far away from being competitive in National One, and we’re learning all the time.

The Thorntons Dundee Man of the Match was Finlay Ormiston.

Dundee team 15 Gav Ross 14 Cailean Baird-Chalmers 13 Kieran Scoular 12 Andrew Hamilton 11 Stuart Kirk 10  Fraser McKay 9  Ruairidh Hood 1 Jack Newth  2 Sam Cardosi 3  James Shellard 4  Angus Thomson 5  Tam Lyndsey 6  Finlay Ormiston 7  Fraser Black 8 Lewis Macnamara

Replacements 16 Andrew Elton 17 Josh Mark 18 Iain Lockhart 19  Sean Gauld 20 Matt Clark

Dundee v Stirling Wolves Sat 15th Feb

Storm Dennis has forced us to bring forward the kick-off time to 2 pm tomorrow. If possible, the game will be at Mayfield, but we may have to move it to the 4G pitch at the new Regional Performance Centre (RPC) at Caird Park, depending on the weather. If being moved, we will try to advise as early as possible tomorrow. Please check FB and website before travel.

The lunch club will still go ahead with the usual meet time of 12.45 pm.

Our apologies for these rearrangements, forced on us by, “Dennis the menace.”

Folk IN the Club

Mayfield Clubhouse, 193 Arbroath Road, Dundee
Scottish and other traditional music.

Three nights (7.30 to 11 pm) to put in your diaries:
Feb 21st 2020
March 20th 2020
April 17th 2020

Come along and join in the fun with various fiddlers, pipers, guitarists, singers and possibly even a star guest or two. Bill Clinton is still to confirm, but may bring a harMonica….
If you are a musician or a singer why not just pitch up tune up and play up?!

FREE FOOD in snack form (stovies etc) will be provided – though punters are encouraged to contribute where possible! Please let us know if you intend to be there by going to the Facebook page:
Please like the page and share it.

How to get to Mayfield: any bus going along Arbroath Road (e.g. 73) or get a taxi to Dundee High Rugby Clubhouse at Mayfield.

We hope to see you there, helping to support live music and particularly Scottish Traditional Music and the musicians who are keeping the flame alive.

Club news update

Dundee v Falkirk friendly Friday 7th Feb at the Regional Performance Centre KO 7.45pm. If you haven’t seen these great facilities, then you will be impressed.  Free admission.

Calcutta Cup lunch 8th Feb at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh in its 11th season is again sold out. Rugby Legend Fin Calder is the main speaker.  Followed by a Scotland win? Let’s hope so!

Hall of Fame dinner 15th May at the Invercarse Hotel.  A few tickets remain but will be a record sell out event.  Three more Club legends will be inducted.  Contact Bill Campbell,

Foundation Membership (NEW) now available! A unique way to support Rugby in Dundee.  More on this soon but Bill Campbell,  is the man to contact.  Its only £100 pa but has lots of benefits. Email for details!

Dundee Rugby Juniors S1 – U18’s Dinner is again at the Invercarse Hotel. Its Fri 28th Aug 2020. Bill Campbell  Come and support the Juniors.

Dundee Rugby Juniors won their conference.  Absolutely brilliant.  Well done to them.

Dundee Eagles (P1 – P7) added more than 100 new Eaglets. They are flocking to Mayfield!

Joint training between Dundee and Morgan is bearing fruit and regularly more that 50 guys training hard.  The coaches doing a great job. Want to join in? Email Colin Sangster,

Rugby in Dundee is changing and it will change more!  Come and be part of a Vision we have for Dundee. Just get in touch. We would love to hear from a diverse group of people (not necessarily with a Rugby background) for a project to move Rugby to a much higher profile locally.  We will need new Trustees (with or without experience) so if that interests you or suits someone you know please get in touch to register your interest.

Gerry Tosh


Update to members re meeting at Murrayfield on G&M report

Dear members and supporters. Your representatives, on behalf of the committee and Club at last week’s (Wednesday 22nd Jan) meeting at Murrayfield voted with the overwhelming majority of clubs, to reject the Gammell and Murray report on governance. Primarily this is because the Rugby Clubs would lose any form of democracy in not being able to vote for their representatives and hold them accountable. In addition, the meeting has mandated the VP of the Union, Ian Barr, to challenge the board regarding Clause 14.1 of the bylaws that says the Council is responsible for governance. The report, its findings and recommendations is seen as a “power grab” by some, see below link, by the executive and all Clubs in all Fora have rejected it. More later as things develop.

SRU Gammell/Murray Review

Dear members and supporters.

Please see a statement from the SRU on governance to which your Club has had significant input since publication. The Clubs view is that the report contains many good ideas but also attempts to take away the democracy of the Council and the Forums which serve as a recognised platform for all Clubs to make representation to about a whole range of issues. We therefore believe that more work is needed and in this SRU communication they acknowledge that. We have another meeting this week on wed at BTM to discuss with the other Clubs. If you, our members and supporters, want to have your say there is a link in the SRU communication below or you can have your say to the Club in email or by speaking with any committee member. –

Gammell/Murray Review

The Board and Council of Scottish Rugby would like to thank Sir Bill Gammell and Mr Norman Murray for their Independent Review of the Governance and Business Review of Scottish Rugby.

They have made a number of recommendations on the way forward.

The Review and Recommendations are as previously noted under Consultation with feedback and questions coming in from member clubs until at least 29 January as the President has stated and noted in ‘Clubs Comms’ previously.

The Board and Council acknowledge the commitment and dedication which has supported the Review and the time spent by everyone who has given their input.

Board and Council are especially grateful to all Clubs and members who have taken the time to digest this significant Review and provide feedback so far.

At this juncture the Board and Council wish to acknowledge that more work and time is needed beyond 29 January to ensure that further consultation is carried out ongoing with Member Clubs.

A key component of this work will be a Joint Session of Board and Council in February, following which a further update will be provided to member clubs on next steps.

The Board and Council once again pass on their grateful thanks to all those who have, and are supporting this important process.