Magic2s v Edin Accies @ Meggetland
Report by Jill Lothian
Only 1min in and 0-7 down!!
Burnside kills ball on half way Accies kick to corner, win lineout two rucks and drive over under the sticks.
Backs were already throwing it wide when specifically asked to start tight. This allowed Accies to look good in defence. We regain a bit of composure, and 9mins in we work our way up to the Accies line through some great running by Scott Burniside who more that ably made up for that first error.
A ruck ensued 5m out and quick ball allows the rampaging Reekie, who had a very good game, to shout loudly, receive ball from Sam Johnson and crash over for Ian Martin to convert 7-7
Ascendency was now with Muir and 18mins in a catch at the lineout 15m out saw the well drilled pack maul the ball at pace over the line 12-7 and all looked good for the men in Green and Blue.
The big ball carriers were into the game now and another catch and drive from a lineout after the 8th Accies infringement saw big Thomas (Tam) Gracie get his hands on ball and destroy a couple of would be tacklers.
Quick ruck ball and some deft hands from Reekie saw the ball land in Craig Hunters hands who eased pass a defence in disarray. Martin converted to make it 19-7 at 28 mins.
A lot of Accies whingeing saw penalties given and a referee get more annoyed. Unfortunately we were drawn in to it slightly too. A card may have settled things but he opted for more warnings.
A lovely take at the end of the half for Hunter in an unfamiliar 15 role saw him launch a kick attack with Welsh on the chase to make a great tackle. Walker as ever was there to sweep up and Mike Henry who was outstanding when he came on carried well only a poor move in midfield saw another score thwarted.
Half time and 19-7 up and the Magic 2s well on top. Coaches wanted more accuracy, more control and play in the correct areas of the pitch.
The start of the 2nd half was very slow and lethargic from both teams. A number of errors lead to a poor plays. 17m in and the referee decided it was time to card Accies after speaking to the captains for the 3rd or 4th time. We won a penalty kick to corner and off the lineout Accies stepped back trying to be clever in defence and allowed Will Kay an easy 'fall' over the line for the score.
26-7 with Logan Bonar converting.
Gavin Welsh was next on the score sheet with some lovely feet work and great pace. The whippet-like player looked lively all day and saw the opportunity when Accies defence split and through he went, Bonar converting again.
It was that man Welsh again who pounced to score wide out from some hard work in the forwards then, with ball released to Bonar, he allowed Reekie to hit up, produce quick ball and Richards fed the ball to the backs who put the 'Usain Welsh in the corner. 38-7
Accies did fight back with two late tries with ex-Muir man Jack Hamilton instrumental in the fight-back.
All in all an adequate performance but still too many errors and poor decisions at times. The coaches liked the attitude throughout most of the game and the fact a win came our way.
Good to see Scott Burnside back playing as well as Sam Johnson and Dave Reekie looking sharper after being out with injury.