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Dundee Rugby Juniors

It was a very special weekend just past for Dundee Rugby Juniors as both our U18 Boys, and a number of our U18 & U15 Girls (playing as part of the Tayside and Fife Girls team) made it to the Caley Finals Day at the North Inch at Perth. 15 Cup finals took place over the course of the day, during which the Calcutta Cup and Pro 14 trophy also both turned up for a visit as well, and a great time was had by all.

The Under 18s boys lost to a very good Ellon outfit in their Bowl final, but put up a very spirited display, and the scoreline in no way reflected their fully committed performance. The U15 and U18 Girls both won their finals (Bowl and Shield) against Grampian and Highland respectively.

Well done to all the player, coaches and supporters! Go to Dundee Rugby’s Facebook page for more details. And pics! https://www.facebook.com/dundeerugby/

Rugby in Dundee is on the up!

Joint Club Dinner 2019

On 13 April, the Morgan Clubhouse was at capacity for the first joint Dundee High / Morgan Dinner, when the principal guest speaker was SRU President Dee Bradbury, who emphasised the value of clubs working together. Excellent contributions were provided by Dundee High President, Gerry Tosh and Morgan ex-president Dave Adam, with current Morgan President, Derek Black, controlling proceedings. The evening also saw the presentation of players’ awards for both clubs and the Dundee High recipients were:

Player of the Year: Ross Aitken
Players’ Player of the Year: Harry Meadows
Most Improved Player: Harry Meadows
Best newcomer: Ross Aitken
Titans’ Player of the Year: Rory McGinn
Best Young Player: Harry Mercer
Laurie McHugh Kicking Cup: Angus Thomson

Dundee High Clubman of the Year and Supporter of the Year will be announced at the AGM on 30 May.

Tartan Touch with Dundee High & Morgan


Many thanks for the 100’s likes from Dundee High/Morgan Rfc’s! Its appreciated. Tartan Touch in Dundee is an exciting new fun way to keep fit in the summer. It starts on Tuesday 21st May at Morgan Rugby ground at Alloway Place at 7pm. Its for all ages, abilities and genders. Mixed teams and family teams encouraged. Why don’t you get a team organised now from your work, sports club or Uni? Bar is open after and changing facilities available. Please share this with as many as possible. If you want a poster to put up in your club/pub/work/Uni please just ask. Rugby in Dundee is changing so come and be part of it.

Job opportunities at Dundee High Rugby

Dundee High Rugby are at the forefront of Rugby on Tayside.

Several opportunities are available due to our Club vision keeping us at the top of Scottish Club Rugby.

We are looking for suitable people available to travel with both teams for home and away games.

The First Team manager works alongside the head coach handling admin and logistics as does the Titans Team Manager.

We also require a kit man/woman that can on game days organise the kit.

If you think you are qualified for any of these posts please contact Colin Sangster in the first instance by email, rugbydundee727@gmail.com with a short resume and why you would be interested.

Suitable packages are available for qualified candidates.

Match Report – Aberdeen Grammar 50-25 Dundee High Rugby – 6 April 2019

Somebody, it seems, has forgotten to tell the city of Aberdeen about global warming. The east wind, straight from the Siberian Steppes, the Baltic and then the North Sea, and most of the other cold places in the world as well, blew relentlessly straight across Rubislaw for 80 minutes as the soft Dundee supporters, swaddled like Michelin men, watched the proceedings through their frost covered faces (that last bit may be an exaggeration, but only just!) Frozen fingers googled wind chill factors and announced our life expectancy was probably less than an hour…

Meanwhile, out on the park, the players simply got on with it, in an entertaining final match of the season. Dundee kicked off, missing 4 key players from last week’s relegation saving performance against Kirkcaldy. Standouts Harry Meadows, Danny Levison and Lewis MacNamara were all absent from the pack, and Duncan McIntyre was a late call off from the backs, leaving Dundee with only 4 on the bench as Ruaridh Hood started on the wing, with Kieran Scoular moving in to centre. Darren Donaldson, in at tight head prop, and Liam Quarm, at 2nd row, were both making their first starts for Dundee this season.

Dundee were playing into the icy blast, and started well. Young stand off Harry Mercer drove ex Dundee stalwart Greig Ryan into touch straight from the kick off to set the tone for what was a combative first half.  And after 8 minutes gone, it got better for Dundee as lock Angus Thomson went over for the opening try, converted by Fraser McKay, after turning down a penalty opportunity yards out from the Aberdeen posts – a good decision! Two minutes later, it seemed Aberdeen were surely in for a try at the other end till winger Nat Coe suffered a “Stockdale” moment and dropped the ball with the line at his mercy. Maybe his hands were so cold he didn’t even know he had caught it in the first place…

However, in a worrying follow up, Aberdeen were all over the resulting Dundee scrum, and hooker Ben Inglis went over from close range for the equalising score. 7 all after 12 minutes.  5 minutes later, another Aberdeen try, after what seemed suspiciously like a forward pass in the build up, made it 12 – 7 to the home side. Yet Dundee responded well, and after a series of penalties in the Aberdeen half, chose to pop over a close range penalty with 25 minutes gone. 12 – 10.

However, the wind, and Aberdeen’s bigger pack (and bigger backs to boot, including Scottish rugby league international Murray Mitchell at 13) were putting them on the front foot, and a break by stand off Knudson soon let centre Aplin in under the posts. 19 – 10 to the home side, with half an hour gone. Could Dundee hold out for the last 10 minutes into the wind? Could their hypothermic supporters do likewise?

Luckily for Dundee, Aberdeen had been failing to harness the wind for nearly the whole of the first half, a series of kicks slicing off their boots “as if off threepenny bits”. Unfortunately, with half time looming, they finally got one right, and ex Dundee second row Robin Cessford took advantage of the 70 metres gained from that kick to plough over, making it 26 – 10 to the home side. A quick penalty in reply for Dundee made it 26 – 13 at the break, but injuries meant that by the break 2nd row Angus Thomson had been replaced by Sean Gauld, and winger Kieran D’Aeth by Josh Rutnagur, who took over the No. 9 role, with scrum half Lathangie moving to centre, and Scoular to the wing.

Manna from heaven could not have tasted better than the life saving hot pies consumed by the Dundee faithful at half time, but the thinking was that that last Aberdeen try had maybe just pushed the game out of reach.

A quick Aberdeen try after half time reinforced that view. As we tried to get back into the game, another injury blow meant centre Hamilton had to depart after a knock. Sean Gauld moved from the pack to centre, pairing up there with scrum half Lathangie, in what could only be called a rough and ready midfield combination! Taylor Smith came on at 2, with hooker Craig Mackenzie moving to the back row. The disrupted  Dundee team did well to keep competing against a good Aberdeen side, despite these enforced changes, with our starting back rowers of Barlow, Franco and Farquhar all still working tirelessly at the breakdown to help keep us in the game. The team got due reward as prop Jack Newth went over for his first Dundee try after a break by skipper Fraser McKay, whose successful conversion brought it back to 31- 20 after 55 minutes.

However, Aberdeen were too good not to take advantage of Dundee’s makeshift midfield defence, and centre Murray Mitchell eventually sliced through a few minutes later to make it 38 -20 and put the game beyond reach. Ruaridh Hood now went off injured, to be replaced by Danny McGinn, and though Dundee kept their heads up, their depleted side leaked two more tries as Aberdeen started to overpower them in open play and in the set in the final quarter. However, right on full time, Dundee had the last word, with another front rower, this time No. 2 Craig Mackenzie, touching down for the final try after good build up play by Josh Rutnagur and Stewart Lathangie. So it finished 50 – 25 to the home side, who retained the Dallas Allardice trophy, against a battling Dundee outfit who refused to lie down.

Reflections: An entertaining game, albeit perhaps one too far for a rather battle weary Dundee side who had put in a big effort to win their 3 previous games and stave off relegation! Four Dundee players departing injured in the one game shows the ridiculous attrition rate in modern rugby. 54 players have turned out for Dundee’s 1st XV this season, a statistic that will be familiar to quite a few other National One sides this season. (Check out the Player Stats on the website, which give full details for the season – https://www.dundeehighrugby.club/scorers/)

So now it’s on to next season, with the visits from the club sides of the Super 6, plus Kelso, Musselburgh, Cartha, Biggar and  (in all probability) Highland, not to mention the small matter of a Rugby World Cup,  now lying ahead, after the close season break from what has been another full on season. Bring it on!

Dundee Team: 15 Fraser Mackay, 14 Ruaridh Hood, 13 Kieran Scoular, 12 Andrew Hamilton, 11 Kieran D’Aeth, 10 Harry Mercer, 9 Stewart Lathangie; 1 Jack Newth, 2 Craig Mackenzie, 3 Darren Donaldson, 4 Liam Quarm 5 Angus Thomson, 6 Kev Franco, 7 Angus Farquhar, 8 Stuart Barlow

Replacements 16 Taylor Smith, 17 Sean Gauld, 18 Josh Rutnagur, 19 Danny McGinn

AGM Notice

AGM Notice and early notice of positions soon to be vacant

Dear Club members. Please be aware that the AGM of the Rugby Club and then the AU will be 7.30pm Thursday May 30 th at Mayfield. Bar open from 7pm. Please come along and contribute to your Club. A formal Agenda will be circulated nearer the time. We are very conscious of the age of some of your officials and some will be prepared to stand for another year and then be in supporting roles. Its time for a new generation of officials to step forward. Those wishing some specific further information are encouraged to get in touch with me (gerry@ppinvest.co.uk) or Sandy Macdonald (afmcd@aol.com) or Ken Andrew (kga@scot-int.com)

Club Rugby League Structure Season 2019/20

Your questions answered

Following the MacColl Governance Report, the SRU SGM on 22 March, and our win at Kirkcaldy last week, which guarantees we will not be relegated, a few members and supporters have been asking about the league structure for club rugby next season, and in  particular Dundee High Rugby’s place in it.

Q. How many teams will be in the top leagues?

The Premiership remains as a 10 team league, and National One as a 12 team league.

 

Q. Who will be in these leagues next season?

The Premiership next season will consist of the four non-Super 6 Premiership Clubs (Currie, Hawks, Hawick and Edinburgh Accies), plus the top 6 clubs in National 1, currently Marr, Jed, GHA, Selkirk, Aberdeen Grammar and Gala.

National One will consist of the “club” sides of the six Super 6 clubs (Ayr, Melrose, Heriots, Watsonians, Boroughmuir and Stirling), plus those clubs in positions 7 – 10 in National 1 this season (currently Musselburgh, Kelso, Dundee High Rugby and Cartha), plus 2 clubs promoted from National 2 (currently Biggar & Highland). The clubs in 11th  and 12th place in National 1 go down to National 2 (currently Kirkcaldy and Hamilton). So we get to play the club sides of the likes of Melrose, Ayr etc next season!

 

Q. What about promotion and relegation?

From next season onwards, only 1 club will be promoted from National 1 to the Premiership, with no 2nd place play off. 2 teams will be relegated from National One.

 

Q. What about the Cup?

It looks like we may be in a slightly expanded Scottish Cup again next season (i.e. the top Scottish competition) but that is not yet finalised.

 

Q. What else?

A lot of thought is now being given to any player movement between the S6 semi pro teams, and club sides. Playing down from S6 in the Premier League/National 1 seems out meantime, playing up is still being considered.  “Amateurism” for players below the Super 6 level has meantime been postponed for a season until 2020/21, and a lot of debate around that issue is sure to happen over the next 12 months.

 

Q. And the Titans?

At Reserve team level, consultation is ongoing about structure for next season, including possibly greater regionalisation of Reserve Leagues etc. At present, our Titans are 1 point above relegation, but with the team below us, Selkirk A, having one game left to play.

 

Q. What about Dundee Morgan?

They finished second in Caledonia 3, and will play in that League again next season.

 

Q. And our 2 junior sections?

Dundee Rugby Juniors (S1 – U18) will once more play in Tier 3 of the SRU Conferences next season, and girls rugby there is also beginning to take root. And Dundee Eagles (P1 – P7) will once more be starting our future 1st XV players out on their rugby journey, on their usual Sunday morning slot!