Sunday, 23 March 2014

Dundee High Rugby - Mayfield

22nd March 2014

Dundee High 20-17 Selkirk

Although Bryce Hosie’s last-minute (last-second, in fact) penalty won this one for Dundee, the day really belonged to flanker Chris Cumming who was playing his last ever match for the club, after over a decade of service at Mayfield.

Playing into the stiff breeze, I felt Dundee looked second best for much of the first-half, but two tries in quick succession just prior to the break allowed them to turn around with a barely-deserved narrow lead. 

Selkirk’s Rory Banks popped over a penalty early in the second-half, taking the score to 17-17, and it looked for much of the remaining time that that was how things would end.  

For although both sides put plenty of effort into trying to get a winner, play was littered with knock-ons, misplaced passes and just plain bad decision making.  A needless penalty given away by Melrose deep into stoppage time, proved their undoing, although Hosie was far enough out for it to be far from a foregone conclusion he would score.

Alex Pratt, I imagine one of very few female rugby referees, officiated this afternoon; and a fine enough job she did.  Although, I did hear one (perhaps short-sighted) chap on the touchline shout “Haw Ref.  Get a grip on yourself, man!”

Alex Pratt - would I have taken a pic had the referee been male?
Probably not - no matter how handsome.

Would love to have been able to eavesdrop on this conversation.


The formidable Cata Graur

The aforementioned Chris Cumming (right)




Dundee High v Selkirk - March 2014



This was ( I think) Dundee's third try

The Mayfield stand

Second-half kicks-off.



Dundee High v Selkirk - March 2014






Life isn't all fun for a prop.
  
Flag raised for Dundee's last kick of the game winner.

Time-up


Mayfield - Dundee High Rugby

Mayfield - Dundee High Rugby

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