Boroughmuir 1st XV 12 Edinburgh Accies 1st XV 17
Leading into this game, Boroughmuir were high in confidence after a rest weekend allowed the team to reflect on the elements of their game that gave them strength and those that were their weakness.
Muir started well with some solid running lines, testing the Accies defence and able to distribute the ball with more confidence compared to other weeks. This gave backs ‘go forward’ ball off the back of some industrious work from the forwards.
In damp conditions both teams known for their expansive, open style of play were reserved in their running with the ball, keen to play it safe, seeking possession as much as possible.
As with other weeks, Accies turned the tables on Muir to counter attack and reverse the pressure back on Muir, and as with other weeks Muir adopted their mistakes, lack of communication, giving away cheap penalties which lead to gaps opening up in their otherwise strong defensive line.
Unlike other weeks, Muir were able to turn this around and change the face of the game, coming back in the 2nd half with what could be considered some of their better rugby this season.
Captain Andy Rose commented “We are very disappointed to not take the result we came to get, but confidence and belief is back in this squad. We will take all the positives from Accies into our home game next week."
Edinburgh Accies showed true guts and resilience against Muir throughout the game, their set play and commitment is just a bit higher than what Muir could produce for the full 80mins.
The pressure is on the Coaches and Management within the 1st squad this week, leading to a ‘must win’ game against Dundee next Saturday. Supporters and fans will be glad to have the boys back at Meggetland with the structure of the draw this season seeing Boroughmuir on the road more than at home this year.