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  1. Musselburgh 25 Aberdeen Rugby 37

    Aberdeen got back to winning ways after a bonus point 25–37 victory over Musselburgh at Stoneyhill.

    The visitors continued to display their wide open running style of play which, coupled with the flair and quick thinking of scrumhalf Jake Gray, allowed Aberdeen to stay comfortably ahead for the majority of the game.

    Musselburgh have previously won their last 3 encounters with the men in red. Aberdeen had different plans this time around however, using their attacking speed and impressive handling to comfortably beat the Burgh.

    Both teams started scrappily with 4 scrums and as many lineouts in the first 10 minutes. Aberdeen were first to find their feet, with Bryn Perrott taking an easy 3 points and Nathan Clough crossing the whitewash 3 minutes later from a fortuitous bounce of a charged down Aberdeen clearance. This took the Aberdonians 8 points clear after 15 minutes.

    The Rubislaw men really came alive in the second quarter, imposing their game well and regularly taking the ball from inside their own half into the Musselburgh 22. Their consistency was rewarded when Jake Gray scored a great solo try, beating 4 players in the process.

    The men in blue and white eventually found their footing in the final minutes of the first half. After consistent attack and an Aberdeen penalty, the hosts caught and drove a lineout 5 meters to score and finish the half only 7 points adrift.

    Half-time: Musselburgh RFC 8 – 15 Aberdeen Rugby

    After the interval, both teams came out looking to build on their first-half achievements. Musselburgh were the first to pounce. Having peppered the Aberdeen try line for multiple phases, prop Owenson dove over to bring the hosts within just 2 points of the visitors.

    Aberdeen replied almost immediately, a beautiful looping miss pass from Knudson sent winger Matt Arnold over. This pulled Aberdeen back to a 2 score advantage. Salt was added to the wound as Musselburgh’s winger Vela was sent to the bin after been deemed to have tackled Arnold high as he scored.

    The next 20 minutes saw Aberdeen continue their strong running game. Jake Gray picked and went from inside the Aberdeen half to score another beautiful solo try. 10 minutes later, off the back of a scrum, number 8 Greig Ryan linked up with the backs to unleash Knudson over for a third unanswered try. This brought the visitors 24 points clear.

    The final 12 minutes saw Aberdeen begin to tire. Three yellow cards were shown to Reddish, Wallen, and Stewart leaving the visitors outnumbered for the remainder of the game.

    The hosts capitalised well with two tries of their own, both starting from lineouts on the Aberdeen 5 metre line. In the final few minutes, Aberdeen’s defence held strong and prevented the hosts from walking away with more than 1 point from the encounter.

    Full-time: Musselburgh 25 – 37 Aberdeen Rugby

    Aberdeen Rugby: Knudson, Arnold, Clough, Mitchell, Ruxton, Perrott, Gray, Ellinson (c), Reddish, Schosser, Whitehead, Robertson, Dravitski, Alton, Ryan

    Replacements: Neilson, Stewart, Murray, Wallen, Shepherd

    Musselburgh: Doig, Vela, Coutts, Watt, Cook, Martin, Owenson, Owenson, Salven, McNairn, Fleming, McKinstry, Graham, Crain, Hutson

    Replacements: Gregor, Arthur, Pryde, Kennedy, Young

  2. Aberdeen Rugby 33 Jed-forest 41

    Aberdeen Grammar made a bold bid to put behind them the politics of their spat with city neighbours Aberdeenshire following the collapse of the partnership agreement between the clubs – only to come up short in a 10-try Rubislaw thriller against Jed-Forest.

    It was Border tenacity which won the day, as acknowledged by Grammar’s stand-in coach Iain Stanger.

    Stanger was, however, in no doubt his charges had wasted an opportunity.

    He said: “This was one that got away for, despite matching Jed out wide where we had centres Nat Coe and Nathan Clough performing wonders with Matt Arnold on the wing, we failed to match Jed’s aggression and streetwise approach to what was an entertaining game of rugby.

    “Our discipline also let us down, though I thought replacement back Murray Mitchell was unlucky to get a yellow card, effectively costing us the game.

    “We lost two tries in his absence but we also contributed to our own downfall by failing to assert ourselves at key times.

    “Missing a valuable losing bonus point at the death was also hard to take. We need to learn from this experience.”

    On a perfect day for running rugby it was Grammar who enjoyed the best of the early exchanges, though it was the Riverside outfit who took the lead with a breakout in 18 minutes, finished by winger Robbie Shire Gibb.

    Stand-off Robbie Yourston added the first of five successful conversions to which he later added two penalties, making him the most potent weapon in the Border side with a personal tally of 16 points.

    Grammar hit back after sustained pressure six minutes later when winger Arnold raced over in the corner, giving home stand off Bryn Perrot the chance to demonstrate his place kicking prowess.

    The ever-improving number 10 went on to score four of his five kicks at goal – like his opposite number taking full advantage of the perfect conditions.

    Jed clocked up a Yourston penalty and a try from number eight Darren Gillespie, which Yourston converted.

    Grammar hit back when Clough raced into score and, with Perrott adding the conversion, the game was nicely poised at 17-14 in favour of the Borderers.

    Grammar made the best of starts in the second half when Arnold sped over and, with Perrott adding the conversion, the home side led the game for the first time at 21-17.

    But tries by Jed prop Paulo Ferreira and replacement Jamie Hynd, both converted by the in form Yourston, made it 31-21 to the visitors

    The scoring was not yet done as Coe and Perrott crashed over for the home team.

    But Jed were equally up to the challenge, scoring two of their own to ease through in a remarkable game.

    Grammar were just shaded by the more determined, if occasionally niggling, Borderers.

    Grammar chairman Mike Cox conceded Jed had probably been the better side.

    He said: “It was good to get a game of rugby under our belts after the events of last week. We can now concentrate on the franchise for the Super Six in the company of other clubs in the area, including Aberdeenshire.

     “I just hope our disagreement last week does not deflect from the push to bring the franchise to the city.”

     

  3. Aberdeen Rugby 27 GHA 24

    Aberdeen came back from 15-24 down to record a valuable win against 4th place GHA. BBC has the score as 29-24.

    There will not be a match report this week.

  4. Edinburgh Accies 49 Aberdeen Rugby 5

    Aberdeen Grammar’s chances of featuring in the promotion mix look very remote after a thrashing by league leaders Edinburgh Accies who looked every bit the part of champions in an eight-try romp.

    Grammar were never in contention, although at 17-5 down at the break might have harboured hopes of a rally, only for the men from Raeburn Place to raise their game, running in five unanswered tries in the second half.

    Head coach Ali O’Connor was at a loss to explain his side’s dramatic loss of form, having played so well the previous at home to Kelso.

    “This was a disappointing day for us, considering we had scored seven tries last week, but this was a very good Accies side who ruthlessly exposed our defensive frailties,” said O’Connor.

    The home side was strong and particularly good out wide where winger Matthew Coupar had a field day, running in three tries, while flanker Jamie Sole was also in great form, scoring two of his own in the rout.

    The other try-scorers for the Edinburgh side were full back Luther Hirini, prop James Pearce and stand off Will Stephen who also kicked three conversions and a penalty.

    The lone Grammar try came from a first-half effort scored by winger Grant Walker.

    It was a poor performance from the visitors who seemed less than confident in their own ability, which is something the coaching team must address in training this week before GHA come calling at Rubislaw on Saturday.

    The Glasgow side sits handily in third place, its only defeat coming in a one-point loss at Jed-Forest, while Grammar are in an uneasy seventh, above Falkirk, Stewart’s Melville and Musselburgh all of who have yet to win a game.

    © Jack Nixon

    Edinburgh Accies: Luther Hirini; Matthew Coupar, Neil Armstrong, Conor Hirini, Robbie Chalmers; Will Stephen, Max Love; James Pearse, Callum Blaack, Clement Lacour; Angus Inwood, Ronan Seydak; Joel Mann, Jamie Sole (c), Robin Snape.

    Replacements: Connor Weetman, Finlay Richardson, Jordan Thomson, Sam Johnson, Callum Rahm.

    Aberdeen Rugby: Bryn Perrott; Grant Walker, Alex Ratcliffe (c), Murray Mitchell, Matt Arnold; Sam Knudson, Jake Gray; Calum Reddish, Andrew Cook, Matthias Schosser; Drew Whitehead, Robin Cessford; Alec Dravitski, Chris Jollands, Greig Ryan.

    Replacements: Colin Neilson, Aaron Robertson, Will Alton, Bailey Walsh, Calum Ruxton.

     

  5. International Tickets

    Club members are reminded that all applications for Autumn International tickets must be submitted by 1 October at the very latest.

    Applications for 2018 6 Nations home games have to be submitted by 1 November. We are still waiting for SRU confirmation of the deadline for 6 Nations away matches.

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