Upcoming Matches

Saturday 22nd September

1stXV v Marr (home), 3pm
2ndXV v Howe of Fife (home), 3pm

Sunday 23rd September

Ladies v Broughton (away), 2pm

Blues pointless in Aberdeen
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 15 September 2018

ABERDEEN GRAMMAR 42 KIRKCALDY 12

After dominating possession and position in a wind assisted first half Kirkcaldy turned 14-7 down. Few would dispute that the Rubislaw team deserved this advantage. On limited possession they had a sense of purpose the Blues lacked and made the most of the visitors' shortcomings in defence.

The Kirkcaldy coaching team would be far from happy that their side failed to capitalise on a series of scoring chances, whether from attacking line outs or at goal. Grammar had taken a fifth minute lead with a well taken try from full back Bryn Perrot assisted by Nat Coe. The Kirkcaldy defence could have done more to stop this try as several would be tacklers were easily brushed off. Perrot added the extra points to his own try..

A quick Kirkcaldy response came to nothing after good work by the returning Rhys Bonner. Under this pressure Grammar conceded a penalty which was put into touch only for the throw in to be off target. When they did go for goal Finlay Smith was off target.

On limited rations Grammar's backs, well led by stand-off Sam Knudsen, appeared to have the edge over their opposite numbers in pace and accuracy but obdurate Kirkcaldy defending mainly kept them in check

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International Tickets - 6 Nations 2019
Written by Don Burns   
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

There is a new system for obtaining 6 Nations tickets, which requires members to have an online ticketing account with Scottish Rugby.

If you do not have a ticket centre membership number, you must register online at this link: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/scottishrugby/Authentication/Registration and then find your membership number in the 'My Account' section.

Once you have an account or if you already registered, please complete the form below and include your six digit membership number.

https://kirkcaldyrugby.co.uk/images/int-tickets-6nations-2019.pdf (copies also available in the clubhouse)

Please return all forms to Don Burns either at club or via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5th October.

This is a requirement for 6 Nations tickets this season and Scottish Rugby will be contacting members directly from next season regarding tickets.

 
Blues off the mark in National 1
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 08 September 2018

KIRKCALDY 41 KELSO 14

The intensity of Kirkcaldy's warm-up suggested something special come kick-off and the biggish crowd at Beveridge Park were certainly not disappointed as the Blues hit the game at pace From the opening play Quintan Sanft's side made their intentions clear as they moved the ball positively driving into would be Kelso defenders and recycling the ball for an eager back line.

Sanft could not disguise his pleasure at the performance of his side commenting:

“We had a tough time at Selkirk but worked hard during the week. We knew that our pack could cope with most of the other packs in National 1 but had to adjust the speed of reaction. We set the pace of this game which Kelso struggled to match . I know we struggled a bit around half time when we were down to thirteen men but showed what we could do when returned to full strength. Altogether it was the type of performance we planned for”.

Kirkcaldy appeared to have learned the lessons of the Selkirk defeat as they upped the pace of their game as they dominated early possession Within seven minutes they went 7-0 ahead.  A quickly taken free kick in midfield threw the Kelso defence into confusion as the ball sped to Conar Littlejohn. The centre accelerated away an had a clear path to the goal line for his side's first try with Finlay Smith adding the extra points.

The Blues relentless pursuit of the points had Kelso struggling in their 22 with the loss of several penalties. From one such kick to touch a clean lineout take saw Connor Wood drive through paper thin defence for the second Kirkcaldy try, again converted by Smith for a 14-0 home lead.

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Hard opening day for the Blues
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 01 September 2018
SELKIRK 43 KIRKCALDY 15

Kirkcaldy found the realities of National 1 rugby the hard way at Philiphaugh last Saturday, going down by a six try to two margin. The Borders team from the beginning had a pace about the field and speed of reaction which the Blues just could not match. No longer could they rely on their pack steam rolling the opposition and winning the break downs. In this game often found themselves easily dispossessed.

However Director of Rugby Mark Henderson was anything but despondent after the game. "43-15 seems to be a bit of a pasting but there was quite a bit in the match which suggests we will do better as the season progresses.They were obviously more experienced at this level and this showed in their reactions and ability to snap up chances.  We will have to protect the ball better at the breakdowns and make sure we are not turned over. Our play improved the longer the the game went and we certainly created good scoring chances which in a better day would have brought tries."

Selkirk ended last season in the top half of last season's National 1 table, not too far off the play-off positions and on this form could well be amongst the challengers again. They were stronger in most positions and in stand off Aaron McColm had a real match winner.

While they might seek solace in this opening day defeat, Kirkcaldy need not be too depressed .The forwards worked well as a unit, especially in the second half, with their pick and drive tactic once more effective. However after gaining hard yardage they conceded too many penalties which took the pressure off the Selkirk defence. What really separated the sides was in the quality of finishing. The Souters were able to turn half chances into full blooded scoring opportunities and five pointers.
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The Late Willie Matthew
Written by Norman White   
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Willie passed away on Tuesday 28th August after a long illness at the age of 94.  A one time vice-president of the Club, Willie was associated with Kirkcaldy RFC for over 40 years.  It was at the time son Graham first appeared in the 1st XV that Willie started attending games and soon became deeply involved  with the club.   Forever generous on a personal level, he transformed the Club's attitude to fund raising.  His Tuesday and Thursday night wine raffles quickly raised the costs of many items of playing equipment, especially strips.  Whenever something in the clubhouse had to be repaired or replaced, Willie would see that it was done in quick time, frequently at his own expense.

Willie was well known not just in the rugby club but in the town generally, especially for his charitable work and his business activities.  For many years he worked in the family coal merchants business before in later life acquiring funeral directors A & J Crosbie, transforming it into Crosbie Matthew with its modernised premises in Nicol Street. For some years Crosbie Matthew were regular match sponsors with Willie hosting convivial pre-game lunches.

Pre-deceased by his wife Ena last year,  Willie is survived by his three children Andrew, Graham and Sheila, grandchildren and great children to whom the Club extends its deepest sympathy.
 
Ladies show Howe it's done
Written by Colin George   
Sunday, 26 August 2018

Kirkcaldy Ladies 32 Howe Harlequins 7

The game started brightly for Kirkcaldy receiving the ball from the kick off and they were soon applying pressure in the Howe half. With early season errors from both sides it was a tight affair, with Kirkcaldy looking for the breakthrough and Howe defending well. Eventually Kirkcaldy were able to create a little space down the blind side, Captain Brogan took off towards the try line, scoring the first of three tries for the afternoon. Her second came shortly after, it was a similar jinky run in. Just before half time Howe got the ball and looked strong in attack, a scrambling Blues defence was able to hold Howe out.Half time – Kirkcaldy 10 Howe 0

With the rain getting heavier the second half was similar to the first with Brogan scoring her third try after a well worked team move. Howe were still challenging but, Kirkcaldy’s fourth try came from a patient build up and multiple phases before the backs became involved, this time Brogan slipped the ball to Laing who ran in to score. The try of the day came soon after and was made by the front row union. A storming 20m run from prop Cockburn, support play by hooker Cooper, who cleared the ruck to supply a quick ‘pop’ pass to Small, to complete the set. Small didn’t quite have the legs to run in so she offloaded to supporting player Milne who fell over the line to score.

Howe scored a converted try soon after, however Kirkcaldy weren’t finished as Cockburn made yet another barnstorming 40 metre run, and this time she was able to make the line and score her first try for the club. The conversion made the final score 32-7. As well as a bonus point win there was great team spirit and effort shown today by the ladies. Special mention to Jenna, Caitlin and Ellie making their club debuts.

 
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This Week's Results

Saturday 8th September

1st XV 41 Kelso 14

2nd XV 14 Carnoustie 38

1stXV League Table

Tennent's National League Division 1

TeamPlPts
Gala 3
15
Marr
3
12
GHA
3
12
Aberdeen Grammar3
11
Jed-Forest3
11
Selkirk3
10
Musselburgh3
9
Hamilton
3
7
Cartha QP3
5
Kirkcaldy3
5
Kelso
20
Dundee HSFP
2
0

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1 Michael Harper

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