Women’s 1st XV win away to Stirling University 51-15

The bus ride to Stirling was relatively quiet. We left dreary St Andrews and slowly, through winding roads, made it to surprisingly sunny Stirling. Everyone was absorbed in their own pre-game ritual: listening to music, studying, or chatting to their neighbour. Upon arrival, the team made their way onto the pitch and began warming up. Warm up was abysmal, with many dropped balls and the team looking sleepy and unengaged. However, once the whistle blew, war cries rose up to raise the team’s aggression. Once the first try was scored, by Rebecca Thompson no less, the team let out a sigh of relief and was able to settle into some proper champagne rugby. During the second half however, defences slipped and became sloppy. The inexperience of the forwards would cause a mess behind the rucks and leave the backs vulnerable to the heavy hitters of the Stirling team. The forwards faced difficulties in numbers this week, scrambling to find scrum-trained people to put in. Old girls Kylie Courtney and Jasmine Brand-Williamson directed the forwards whilst Alex Webb was able to return to her roots and played as second row. Rugby freshers such as Imogen Hooper, Bea Hill, Naomi Boon, Katie Riley and Lily Belk made up a strong supporting scum. Katie Riley scored her first try ever and celebrated loudly on the pitch. The back line showed off moves perfected in practice with brilliant offloads and switch passes. Their efforts resulted in tries from Agnes Chauvet, India Roche and Comfort Ogbonnaya. Although off to a sleepy start, the team pulled together to win 51-15 against Stirling University.

Advertisements

University of St Andrews RFC Women’s 1st XV smash Aberdeen to make it a double win for Saints Rugby

After a tough match last week with sleeting rain and low temperatures it was a relief to travel up to Aberdeen to be greeted with almost tropical weather. This week’s was a hodgepodge team, with a majority of players being freshers due to the injuries of the old girls. The Saints seemed almost too relaxed as they warmed up, but that belied an intense interior that was hungry for victory. As the whistle blew, shouts abounded– working together as one team for a try within the first five minutes by none other than the unstoppable Captain Rebecca Thompson. The Saints were on top form, constantly looking for other players to link up with for an offload. This resulted in tries for our wingers, Hannah Redwood and Alex Boldin. Within the first twenty minutes of the game, one of our jumpers, Bettie Payne, dislocated her shoulder in a particularly intense tackle and had to come off the field. This meant that the forwards could have no more serious injuries as there were no subs left. This did not daunt Lily Belk as she was thrown in at second row with on-the-field instructions. Trying out techniques honed at practice, giving the scrum-half flat and deep runner possibilities, enabled tries for Imogen Hooper, Cat Syme and Kylie Courtney. As a result of an amazing first half, Rebecca Thompson came off the field and pushed Comfort Ogbonnaya in to play #10, a tricky role that the fresher filled in beautifully. After calling for the ball off Agnes Chauvet, Comfort also succeeded in scoring a try. As a result of all our efforts the final score came to 56-nil in our favour. It was a massive team effort, and all the girls put 100% into the game, making the absent coaches proud and ensuring the celebrations were all the more enjoyable!

Image

University of St Andrews RFC Men’s 1st XV on the verge of BUCS Title

The Men’s 1st XV defeated Aberdeen yesterday at King’s 6-36 in what was one of the most impressive performances of recent years.

Aberdeen had only lost 1 game in the past 6 years at home, so the task for the boys to remain undefeated in their BUCS season was going to be huge.  One of the most impressive things about the performance was the team’s defensive effort. Aberdeen had sustained pressure on our line mid-way through the second half for around 15 mins. Despite the score at the time being 6-26, we defended with such intensity and desire that repelled Aberdeen time and time again and managed to turn the ball over after defending for around 18 phases and clear out lines.  This game was the first in over 3 years that Aberdeen had failed to score a try at home.

An outstanding display from the whole squad.

Before the crucial BUCS game away to Aberdeen, The Saints enjoyed a visit from a special guest to present the selected players with their match day jersey. Mr Gordon Stewart, the captain of the 57/58 team, was invited to say a few words and talk about the history of the club from his day in charge of the 1st XV. An inspiring moment for the players, especially when Gordon arrived in his club blazer from that season and what he referenced as one his most prized possessions. Thanks to Gordon, his words obviously stirred something in the team that went on to produce a sensational performance.

ImagePhotograph: Mr Gordon Stewart (Captain 1957-58) with current Club Captain Jeff MacDonald and 1st XV Captain Jeremy Gordon.

Squad vs Orkney

Meet at sports center no later than 9.30am

15: D Clink

14: J Goddard

13: H Jose

12: C Harries

11: L Turnbull

10: S Docherty

9: J MacDonald

1: G Di Castri

2: M Campbell

3: J Gordon (c)

4: H Baylis

5: G Hailstone

6: L Scott

8: L Stewart

7: J McKay

16: M Thornton

17: K Leask

18: L Meaby

19: TJ Beattie