Playing two 30 minute halves, the first 10 minutes was well balanced with both teams strong in attack and at the tackle area. No ground was given. Playing new combinations of outside centres and wingers to try and shore-up the defence in those areas, the boys did well with Jack and Samuel blocking every attack down one side while Grant worked hard with the forwards to block the other. No repeat of the previous game where the tries came from wing breaks. This Murrayfield team were physically demanding, consisting of mostly S2s, and they bombarded the centre pairing and the forwards. It was a break through the middle which gave the visitors their first 2 tries of the day.
S1/S2 Blues v. Murrayfield Wanderers - 28 October 2012
Winter conditions started to bite in time for the second competitive game for this newly formed S1/S2 team. With training opportunities limited due to waterlogged pitches and half-term, a pre-match get-together focused on game strategy and explaining the experimental changes the coaches wanted to make to see if the players were in the best positions for their various skill-sets.
The Blues’ forwards worked hard all day and the sight of Mark and Ewan breaking together, offloading and then recycling through Craig and either of the Scotts was a standard view of attack. It was from one of these runs that Mark broke the line and offloaded to Euan who ran the ball in. Cameron converted the try. 7-14. The impact of a double injury substitution upset the rhythm of the team and the team didn’t settle quickly in its changed format letting in 2 relatively easy tried before half time. 7-28. Murrayfield broke from deep in their own half to score these two tries. We played more in their half in the first half but just could not break through their lines.
This team recouped at half-time, some changes were put in place to shore up the team and off we went for the second half. This S1/S2 team has showed determination and, crucially, a strong belief in the team. This teamwork came to the fore as the players worked for each other and covered for each other against relentless attacks for the stronger Murrayfield players. Despite the scoreline slipping away from them, this team played an excellent brand of rugby and did not deserve to end this game on the end of a 14-42 scoreline. Craig scored the second try with Scott (S2) converting.
Once again the boys were perfect representatives of the Club. They played a great game of rugby and should all be proud of their performances. The game was excellently marshaled by Bill Berry as referee and brilliantly supported by both teams.
Final Score: KRFC 14 (2 tries, 2 conversions) Murrayfield 42 (6 tries and 6 conversions)
Squad: Ewan, Grant, Kevin, James, Mark, Scott (S2s);Benjamin, Cameron, Craig, Daniel, Harry, Jack, Joshua, Logan, Matthew, Rhys, Rowan, Samuel, Scott (S1s)
Coaches: Collas, Dave, James