Match Report by Anon
A new season sees 6 new players to the Magic 2s squad take on Stirling 2nds. Quite a few positional changes due to early season injuries, that meant not so much a weakened team but a changed team still with ability throughout the squad in abundance.
The feeling was good going into the game and most of the team were happy just to be getting a game after a hard pre-season. Time to put that practice into play.
The first 5 minutes were as expected very open and guys just getting to grips with full contact against real opposition and understanding that they were actually in their first league game.
We played well into a strong breeze holding onto ball and working our way up field. Silly mistakes handed possession over two or three time after getting into the opposition half and they punished us by kicking and turning us.
12 mins in and they had a penalty but luckily missed the opportunity to go ahead. They did however pin us in our own half for the next 6 or 7 minutes and although we broke out into their 10m line we turned over possession once more and they ran in an excellent try after 19 mins with good handling touching down 5m from the side-lines. Conversion missed.
Starting to get a little disrupted and a silly penalty given away by Hare allowed them to kick to go 0-8 ahead.
The next 7 or 8 minutes saw Stirling give away 7 penalties but eventually a quick tap penalty taken 8m out by Hamilton sneak through a gap and bully himself over for a score.
Hunter converted to take it to 7-8. Late in the half Frank the Tank had a couple of breaks up the wing but was just pushed into touch but showing promise. Only our fifth penalty against us saw them convert another 3 points to take it to 7-11 at half time although with the 2nd last play of the half we should have scored from a great driving maul with our excellent captain on the day Miller held up.
We turn around and hope with the wind we can turn the 4 point deficit around but with only 4mins gone they pounce on a loose ball, attack inside our 10 channel and with a couple of passes breach our line. Conversion take it to 7-18.
Then we get a bit of ascendancy and on their 10 m line and quick ball from a ruck, Hamilton throws the dummy and breaks away for a great solo effort. Well-deserved for our man of the match, greatly aided from sterling play from our pack throughout the game.
Hunter converted to bring us back to 14-18 and still well in contention at this point. Unfortunately we gave away another silly penalty and allowed Stirling’s kicker to put them 14-21 ahead and then a moment that still ires the coaching staff. Walker just on makes a great tackle, gets to his feet and wins ball and the referee penalises and then yellow cards him.
Stirling then get another penalty to take it to 14-24 and we have lost a bit of composure. Hamilton tries a quick pen but poor hands sees the ball go into touch after first phase. Richards then gets carded for a very silly offside and although we deem it harsh it was probably the correct decision.
A lineout just inside our 22m saw a throw go long and their open side pounced and ran in a good try. A well-deserved try for him as he was very active throughout the game and with their number 8 gaining yards for a good Stirling pack they probably earned their win on that performance.
With the game nearing the end Joni Hare finds himself in an unfortunate position of being in a choke hold round the neck by the oppositions number 19 who at 6ft5” and somewhere near 20 stone tried to use Joni as a set of bagpipes squeezing the air out of him. Hares only way to get some air back into his lungs was to punch over his shoulder to ask the player politely to release him. Red card for Hare.
The Stirling player was then red carded 2 mins later for his third choke.
We however finished with a good try from captain Miller with his pack helping to drove to the line where found a gap to touch down, Rawcliffe converted to end the game 19-29 to Stirling.
All in all very much a good start to the season for many players some of whom need more fitness and most of whom need to play rugby to get back into the way of things. Stirling will as always be hard opposition but we will bounce back and learn from this.
Man of the match was Hamilton who looked lively and will learn week on week and captain Miller a close 2nd proving he will be in contention for stepping up again soon. Craig Hunter also showed promise and when fully fit will be knocking at the door.
Saturday 30th August
Boroughmuir 2nds 19 – Stirling County 2nds 29
2nd XV Squad – Whitelock, Rawcliffe, Rome, Hunter, Yawayawa, Zuiderent, Hamilton, Young, Miller(cpt), Rodgers, Docherty, Hamblin, Hare, McLeod, Rodger, Richards, Clark, Walker, Todd, Robinson, Welsch, Summers.
Next Game: 3pm 6th September vs Edinburgh Accies - Meggetland