Boroughmuir S1 - 10 : 3 DunfermlineS1 (17 : 9 - after Development Period)
With McKane Park managing to beat the weather, the S1's were looking forward to the game after last week's cancellation. With a few forwards missing we were forced to play a couple of backs at 6 & 7 but they adapted brilliantly and looked like they enjoyed their afternoon in the pack.
The first period was a close affair with both teams committing to the breakdown and the defences holding out well. Muir had a lot of pressure in the first period with most of the territory but couldn't break the Dunfermline defence. Muir were also holding their line well and putting early pressure on the Dunfermline attack. With some great tackling from both teams it was Muir who took the lead after a good spell of pressure and phases with a well deserved try. (3 - 0)
The second period was much the same as the first with both teams competing well. The highlight, a long run from Matthew Crispin (covering at 2nd row) from inside our 22m was eventually stopped just 5m short by a superb cover tackle from the Dunfermline back. Muir managed another couple of tries after some good work to set them both up before Dunfermline scored near the end of the period. A very good performance from Muir against a strong, well drilled Dunfermline team. (10 - 3)
The development period saw some changes in personnel and a chance for the some of the boys to have a run out in a different position. With Dunfermline scoring first early in the period Muir replied to keep a 2 try lead. A further Dunfermline score was then answered by a well earned try from Matthew who thoroughly deserved his try with some strong running all game. This period ended even with both teams scoring 2 tries each and again a very competitive 20 minutes of rugby. (17 - 9)
A very good display from the Boroughmuir S1's again this week scoring 5 good tries and more pleasing was the overall performance, using a lot of practice drills at training and taking them in to a game situation.
Thanks to Dunfermline S1's for a really competitive game and also for their hospitality afterwards
Boroughmuir P7's at Linlithgow.......
On one of those gusty, rainy day's where everything is soggy under foot, the P7's of Muir went head to head with Linlithgow, Livingstone and Stew Mel Lions.
To keep the boys moving all the first halves were played then everyone played their second halves. First up were Livingston. With 13 on the pitch the guys got off to a slow start, however, managed to put in the first score. The ground underfoot made for some heavy going, but the players stuck to the job well. Some passes were wayward but the support was good. An interception try put Livi on level terms going into half time. For the second half the players stepped it up with some good running and support passing which put in another two score and with tackling being quite clinical no scores against. Livingston 1 - Muir 3.
Next up was Linlithgow. The Muir players were starting to come together and playing some great phased play. Support was good which allowed us to go 1 score up at half time. Again, the second half was a stronger affair from Muir and from some 'bullish' play scored another two times, with none against. Linlithgow 0 - Muir 3.
Our last match was against Stew Mel Lions. The first half was a close run affair, going back and forward many times. Our defensive training was allowing us to put telling pressure on the Lions offence which started to get a bit ragged, allowing us to go in at half time 1 score to nill up. The second half was again, very close with both sides playing some great rugby. At the end the Lions just managed to pull a score back to level the game Muir 1 - Stew Mel 1
A big well done to all the players for today's performance for some enjoyable rugby in some challenging weather, it's good to see we're making progress!
A big thank you too to Linlithgow for hosting the games and for allowing them to be on. On to next week........
Boroughmuir P6's at Linlithgow.......
With Meggetland under water again P6 were delighted to be travelling to Linlithgow.
Coaches agreed that to keep things moving and avoid hyperthermia teams would play a round of 10 minute games
Livingston 3 – Boroughmuir 2
First up was Livingston who proved to be formidable opposition. At first we were struggling getting tackles in against a bigger team but got to grips as the game progressed
However disaster struck 5mins in with two injuries in quick succession. First a twisted knee for Thomas (walking wounded) and second for Donald with whiplash causing a sore kneck.
Donald turned out to be fine after a trip to the hospital but showed huge bravery throughout. Thanks to St Andrews and our own Sam Dickinson for providing excellent support.
With all the excitement the score was definitely a very possible 3-2!
Boroughmuir 3 – Linlithgow 2
Players down - Stew Mel kindly provided an additional sub. Muir got in their stride for this game, possibly fuelled by some excellent Chocolate cake, controlling the game from the ruck.
Ball presentation and strong work on the ground helped us secure the ball leading to the ball going out wide. Linlithgow moved the ball around well and had some strong runners forcing a lot of tough tackles. A very close game with Muir just coming out on top .
Bouroughmuir 2 – Stewarts Melville 1
This time Linlithgow kindly helped us out with additional players, Another very close game with both teams working hard in the muddy conditions.
Muir were looking good in the ruck and created chances by offloading from behind the tackler. Some good leg drives managed to get us over the line to come out on top.
Special mention to Hamish D, Fergus and Ewan who all volunteered to play for Livingston putting in a huge effort in the final game
All in all a good days work building on recent ball presentation and ruck training.
Thanks as always to the travelling support and to Linlithgow for hosting
Boroughmuir P5's at Linlithgow.......
Great to get a run out for the boys after the last couple of weeks being weather affected. At a muddy and cold Mains Park, with a squad depleted by Cub camps and other commitments, the P5s acquitted themselves well.
The first two games, against Stew Mel and Linlithgow, were tight score-for-score affairs with 'Muir coming out on top 3-2 in both games, with some excellent leg drives by a number of players. The cold did get to some, with hands hard to keep warm, but they all pulled it together for the last game against Livingston. Yet another end-to-end match, but the fitness and team work of the squad payed as they ended on a high winning 6-4.
All in all a great performance given the lack of contact training since the New Year. The boys all did themselves proud.