TFI – Friday 15th February

TFI Friday takes a little break due to the 6 Nations and related sporting alternatives including tennis, skiing, tennis holidays and other pursuits including tennis and skiing both in the UK and sur la continent. So, the next planned TFI Friday spectacular is Friday the 1st March 2019.

Rugby. The firsts have a friendly against Stew Mel in Edinburgh next Sat 16th Feb. Probably a 2.30pm KO but please check before setting out. The next league game is Sat 2nd March at Mayfield v Musselburgh RFC.

The annual sell out 6 Nations Lunch in Edinburgh at the Royal Scots Club was a great success. Great to have Gordon Hamilton speak so passionately to us about his international career and his son Patricks time at Dundee. Next year will be a bit special as we celebrate 140 years of the Rugby Club.

We hope you enjoy the rest of the 6 Nations starting with a win v France next week and look forward to seeing you at a TFI Friday soon.

Gerry Tosh

The Irish Lunch at the Royal Scots Club

Another great lunch at the Royal Scots Club prior to the Scotland v Ireland game at Murrayfield. Another sell out lunch for the 11th year in a row. The speaker on this occasion was the talented Gordon Hamilton who played 10 times for Ireland. He was very entertaining and it was great to listen to his recollections of his rugby career. He thanked the Club for looking after his son Patrick while at Dundee University and played for us which was heartfelt and welcome. A great cross section of supporters, members and sponsors enjoyed a good lunch and of course, each others company. We look forward to doing it all again next year which coincides with the 140th anniversary of the Rugby Club. Something special is planned so book up early….its always sold out! Thanks to all who support this lunch and all other events for the Rugby Club.

TFI – Friday 8th February

Last weeks wine was a stonker! A 14 % full bodied Italian cracker aka Sophie Loren! The cheese was a Scottish extra mature aka Ken A who incidentally won last weeks wine in a play off with a well known medic and therefore supplies this weeks vino contribution. The bar opens at the popular time of 5.33pm as the roadworks on Strathearn Rd have moved to Claypotts Rd. There will be FREE nibbles as tradition requires.

No Club Rugby this week as we are in 6 Nations mode. Scotland v Ireland at Murrayfield and a 2.15pm KO. Those going to lunch at the Royal Scots Club on Sat gather at 8.15 for a prompt 8.30 am bus journey. lunch has been sold out for months and this is the 11th year we have done it.

The Clubhouse is not open on Sat as everyone is in Edinburgh.

Next Sat 16th we have a friendly game v Stew Mel in Edinburgh. Watch the website for details.

C’mon Scotland we can do it.

Gerry Tosh

Club awards dinner April 12th 2019

Venue for this years joint Club dinner with Dundee Morgan is at Alloway Place. Cost £25 pp.

Club Dinner (joint with Morgan) and award presentation is 12th April at Morgan Clubhouse. Speaker SRU President Dee Bradbury mum of Edinburgh Star Marcus plus a mystery speaker. Places are limited for this joint dinner and players should state their availability on the players page then pay me or Ken Andrew £25 as soon as confirmed. Anyone else interested should contact myself or Ken Andrew.

Match Report – Jed-Forest 42-9 Dundee High Rugby – 26 January 2019

Another weekend, and another trip to God’s own country, also known as the Borders, this time to Jedburgh, where President Paul Cranston and his band of helpers (including the legendary Roy Laidlaw) did their best to make us feel even more welcome (off the park!) than Selkirk had last week.

It was another perfect day for rugby at Riverside Park, unlike rain-lashed and windy Biggar, just 40 miles away, where our Titans had earlier ground out a notable 8 – 3 win (clearly a game for the rugby purists!) against all the odds. Jed kicked off on a perfect surface with no wind whatsoever to trouble the players, but got a wake up call in the first minute as a big Dundee scrum shunted them back and won Dundee a penalty, the first of many in our favour that half. For once, Dundee had started well, and they kept that going throughout the first half, apart from one 2 minute spell, which cost us dear. The restored Angus Thomson put in a couple of good tackles, skipper Fraser McKay delivered a couple of good attacking kicks, and after 10 minutes a penalty was banged over by Fraser to put us 3 – 0 ahead.  Unfortunately, despite all the good work being put in in all other departments, particularly our ball retention and clearing out at the break down, much improved from last week, our line out was yet again a weakness, with Jed attacking our throw well, and we could never establish any platform off that all afternoon.

And after 25 minutes, we paid the price. An attacking line out was lost, Jed’s dangerous backs made a searing break, and looked odds on to score until a great covering tackle halted them just short.  Dundee were forced to concede a penalty (the first of the half!) and Jed set up a lineout 5 metres out, which they won comfortably. A series of pick and drives followed, leading to prop Ferreira going over, converted by Jed No. 9 (and man of the match) Gary Munro. 7 – 3 to Jed. Dundee kicked off, but a huge clearing kick by Jed took play back to our 22, and another lost lineout led to a decisive Jed midfield break for Gregor Young to canter over under our posts. Dundee, who had matched Jed in every department except the line out, were suddenly 14 – 3 down. Skipper McKay had been injured in the build up to Jed’s score, and was replaced by Paul Ritch, who slotted in on the wing, and Kieran Scoular moving to full back.

What looked like another Jed score was denied for a “double movement”, and Dundee took advantage of that escape to regroup and work their way back into the game. Harry Meadows was again making good yards with a number of carries, and Dundee looked the likelier team to score, with Kieran Scoular duly slotting over another penalty to make it 14 – 6 to Jed at half time.

Flanker Kevin Franco had been replaced by Andy Hamilton as the 1st half drew to a close, and at half time 2nd row Andy Clarkson made way for Greg Anderson.  Dundee started the second half brightly, and another scrum penalty on Jed’s 22, after a great break by stand off Harry Mercer, who many felt was having his best game so far, was slotted over by Scoular to bring Dundee back to within 5 points of Jed. Keiran D’Aeth took a knock and was replaced by Josh Rutnagur taking over the No. 9 duties, with Stewart Lathangie moving out to the wing.

But as so often happens in a season where things go against you, the roof suddenly fell in on a game Dundee side. Jed’s No. 10, who kicked well all afternoon, pushed through a defence breaking grubber, gathered by their full back Young, who was just denied by a great covering tackle by Paul Ritch. Jed recycled possession, and another kick through took a wicked bounce, Lathangie on the wing infringed to prevent a certain try, and was rewarded for his efforts by a yellow card, and a penalty try to Jed. 21 – 9 after 55 minutes.

Prop Jack Newth, who had put in another good shift, was now replaced by debutant Darren Donaldson, but suddenly, the stuffing seemed to have been knocked out of this Dundee side, and Jed took clinical advantage of this as they seemed to move up a gear in the last 25 minutes.  Winger Cranston scored 2 tries as the Dundee defence, one man short, ran out of defenders in the 58th  and 65th minutes, and a final try by second row Skeldon with 4 minutes left, all 3 converted by  Munro, made the final score 42 – 9 to Jed.

Reflections: Jed were a clinically efficient team, with their dangerous backs making some searing breaks, but the scoreline did not do credit to a solid Dundee performance for the first hour or so, before Jed’s strong finish made sure they ended the day back up on top of National League One.

Dundee Team: 15 Fraser Mackay, 14 Kieran D’Aeth, 13 Marshall McLeod, 12 Ross Aitken, 11 Kieran Scoular, 10 Harry Mercer, 9 Stewart Lathangie; 1 Jack Newth, 2 Dylan Whitcombe, 3 Harry Meadows, 4 Andy Clarkson, 5 Angus Thomson, 6 Kev Franco, 7 Angus Farquhar, 8 Lewis Macnamara

Replacements 16 Darren Donaldson, 17 Greg Anderson, 18 Andrew Hamilton, 19 Josh Rutnagur, 20 Paul Ritch

TFI – Friday 1st February

It’s the first official TFI Friday of 2019 so it will be a belter. The FREE nibbles will feature some HOT haggis, neeps and tatties. Other FREE nibbles will also feature. The bar will open at 5.33 due to busy traffic in Westport. There will be a very decent bottle of wine to tempt your taste buds with a scientifically paired cheese.

Rugby. Not really our season. Maybe a wee break for 6 Nations will help.

Six nations at the Club with the first game v Italy this Sat. Book now. Spag Bol and a half bottle of wine for a tenner!

Club Dinner (joint with Morgan) and award presentation is 12th April at Morgan Clubhouse. Speaker SRU President Dee Bradbury mum of Edinburgh Star Marcus. Places are limited for this joint dinner and players should state their availability on the players page then pay me or Ken Andrew. Anyone else should contact me or Ken Andrew.

Ladies taster session is Sunday 3rd Feb Morgan ground at 2pm.

Lets enjoy the 6 Nations and get back to winning ways for the Club.

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