1st XV v Cargilfield
Wednesday 11th Oct
On Wednesday afternoon the St. Mary’s 1st XV travelled to Edinburgh to take on rugby heavyweights Cargilfield. The Turnhouse flightline has proven to be the cause of many a fielding mishap during the Summer Term but the visiting XV were keen to avoid any such lapses in concentration.
Cargilfield have long been the team to beat (or the team doing most of the beating) in recent years but, after our performance against them at the Loretto 7s, we knew that we could match them.
The match kicked off and Cargilfield showed their hand; running their big boys tight to the ruck and through the 9/10 channel. The tackle stats after the game showed exactly where the defence was working hardest.
The St. Mary’s forwards had approached the game with the aim to showcase their grit and determination. We fielded a big and strong pack comprising William Mac, Oliver E and Jake M in the front row, Mac R, Dicken B in the boiler room and a back row of Jamie, Ollie C and Thomas E. Caelan started at scrum half with Captain William T at fly and centres Archie Mo and Will S and Alexander F, Tommy and Archie Mac out wide. Fergus H, Antony dG and Matt B filled the bench slots.
The Cargilfield pack were determined and aggressive and rucked extremely efficiently. Quite frankly we were bullied at the breakdown. It took our pack much of the first quarter to gain any degree of parity with the home eight.
As a result of the pummelling dished out by the Cargilfield forwards St. Mary’s spent much of the first half pinned within our own 22. In fact we only got out of our half on the two occasions that we scored tries. The first was a scything break wide and left for Will S and the second a delicious dink over the Cargie defence from Captain William T for the same player to swoop on and dot down.
Cargilfield responded with a fine score of their own after a series of drives by their pack exposed some weak tackling in the St. Mary’s backline.
Half-Time Score: St. Mary’s 1st XV 12 – 5 Cargilfield 1st XV
Half-Time led to the introduction of Matt B and Antony dG and both made an immediate impact with the former working hard at the breakdown and the latter taking the ball to the oppo backline on the wing. Our powerhouse second row partnership of Dicken and Mac were also starting to fire with both bullocking up the pitch to make ground with every carry. Mac’s run hard through the heart of the defence was the highlight of the entire contest for this Coach.
As the hardworking Cargilfield pack tired the space began to open up out wide and quality ball began to flow for William T to play with. Kicks beyond the Cargie defensive line left acres of space for our fast backs to run onto. One such kick, and scrambled hack on led to a further score for Will S while Alex F’s determined chase and shove led to a fourth. Tommy finally hacked on the ball before Will S regathered the ball to flop over, exhausted, for his fifth and final try.
Mr T RawsonFinal Score: St. Mary’s 1st XV 33 – 10 Cargilfield School
Coach’s Notes: Sometimes you have to win ugly and today we did just that. The forwards showed grit to soak up the pressure exerted by a very good Cargilfield pack and the backs took their chances when they came. We started slowly again and need to get into contests earlier. It was a delight to see many players step up and get stuck in on Wednesday afternoon.
Man of the Match: Will S; a magnificent display of pace and elusive running from the veteran centre. Five tries is a fantastic return. To do so against Cargilfield is outstanding.
Mr T Rawson
Marnie Harvey, 12/10/2017