Match Report by Craig Dawson
Photos by Dave Patterson
Unfortunately Boroughmuir Rugby’s poor home record has not improved after this weeks defeat by Stirling County with only a win and a draw to show for this seasons home games.
Edinburgh back Otulea Katoa made his debut on the wing to become the first Tongan to play for Boroughmuir Rugby. Talitali fiefia and Welcome!
Things started brightly for Muir with pressure from the kick off forcing Stirling to concede a penalty which Dougie Steele kicked to put Muir into a 3-0 lead with only 2 minutes gone.
From the kick off Callum Reid full fields for Muir and drives forward setting up ruck ball. Stirling go offside and concede another penalty which Dougie Steele kicks to put Muir into a 6-0 lead with five minutes gone. From the kick off Muir infringe and give up a penalty which Stirling kick to the corner. String catch & drive but good Muir defence turns over ball which is moved downfield and some good attacking phases are put together.
Once again Stirling infringe offside and concede another penalty which Dougie Steele coverts to put Muir into a 9-0 lead.
From the kick off Muir again attack .From a scrum a great Muir drive pops the Stirling front row but rather than wait for the penalty to be awarded scrum half Johhny Adam moves the ball to Dougie Steele whose kick is charged down by Stirling stand off Shan Treweek who picks up to score under the posts and converts his try to make the score 9-7.
Stirling attack from the kick off putting together a number of good attacking phases. Muir defence is poor with too many missed tackles but poor Stirling handling lets Muir off the hook. Muir eventually got the ball back a great kick from full back Craig Marshall puts Muir into the Stirling 22. Muir win the line out and great handing by the backs put Jordan Edmunds in for an unconverted try to give Muir a deserved 14-7 lead.
From the kick off Muir forwards field the ball and feed winger Jordan Edmunds who drives the ball upfield .Muir win a line out on the Stirling 22 and set up some good phases with a great Cal Davies offload putting Greg Cannie in for a try which Steele converts to put Muir into a 21-7 lead.
So far so good with Muir in control of the game. At this point it looked like Muir were going to rack up an impressive score line.
From the kick off Muir infringe and Stirling kick the penalty to the corner. Stirling catch and drive but again Muir infringe. Again Stirling kick for the corner and win good line out ball and drive to the Muir line but the ball is held up. From the scrum Stirling move the ball and set up Scottish International and former Muir man Chris Fusaro for a try which Treweek coverts to make it 21-17 at half time.
Stirling are back in the game despite Muir dominating the first half
Muir kick off the second half and put together and good initial attacking phases but Stirling turn over Muir ball and lick long into the Muir 22. From the line out Stirling turn over ball and poor Muir tackling lets Stirling winger Danny Gilmour in for a converted try to put Stirling into the lead fro the first time in the match 21-24.
From the kick off Stirling run back the ball with great interplay and more poor Muir tackling letting Stirling replacement Shaun MacDonald in for a try in the corner. A superb touchline conversion by Treweek makes the score 21-31.
From the kick off Stirling with their tails up put more pressure on the Muir defence with a couple of strong drives being held up on the line. From the resultant scrum Muir turn over ball and run the ball. Craig Marshall puts up a great up and under which is superbly fielded under pressure by Greg Cannie who feeds replacement scrum half Robbie Smith who sets up the Muir forwards who drive to the line.The ball is moved wide to Dougie Steele who scores in the corner but is unable to convert his try to make the score 26-31 and set up a grandstand finish.
From the kick off Stirling win a scrum and drive ball into the Muir 22 where Muir go offside and give up a penalty. Shaun Treweek fails to covert with the ball coming of the posts. Muir run the ball but a forward pass gives a scrum to Stirling on the half way line. Stirling win the ball and put some good attacking phases together in an attempt to kill off the Muir revival.
However they are penalised for not releasing. Muir take a quick tap penalty and run the ball with Jordan Edmunds making a great break into the Stirling half feeding Greg Cannie who with the line in sight passes to replacement prop Craig Bachurzewski and who is bundled into touch inches short of the line. The final whistle goes and Muir snatch defeat from the jaws of victory going down 26-31.
A schizophrenic performance by Muir with the forwards dominating at the scrum but again this week the line out was poor some great handling phases but some awful tackling letting them down.
Muir drop to sixth in the table on 21 points but are only four points off the top four play off positions so all is still to play for. Our next two games are on the road away to Hawks & Heriots so lets hope we can maintain the superb away form.
Final Score: 26-31.
To see photos by Dave Patterson from the game, click here.
In other better news:
The Boroughmuir Magic 2s had an outstanding performance against Stirling 2nds winning 43-0. Read their match report here.
The Boroughmuir Bears had another excellent win on the road against Lasswade 2nds taking a 0-54 win.