Match Reports

  1. Aberdeen 10 – 24 Edinburgh Accies

    Edinburgh Accies extended their unbeaten run to 14 games after beating Aberdeen 10 – 24 at Rubislaw.

    Aberdeen displayed moments of flare and determination, yet the visitor’s ability to counter-attack and seize opportunities saw them walk away victorious and stay unbeaten at the top of BT National 1.

    Accies were quick to justify their position at the top of the table. Despite Aberdeen having the majority of the possession, it was Accies who scored first. A well-worked lineout move saw the ball popped back into the 5-metre channel for Hooker Callum Black to cross over.

    The visitors crossed over once more on the 22nd minute. A poor Aberdeen clearance allowed Accies to work the ball through the hands and dot down on the far touchline. The men from Raeburn came straight back again scampering through the Aberdeen defence and adding a third 4 minutes later.

    The men from the granite city began to find their hands late in the half linking together double-digit phases. However, it was Accies who would shine, their speed and ability to reset in defence prevented the home side walking away with anything from their late attacking opportunities.

    Half-time Aberdeen 0 – 17 Edinburgh Accies

    The second half saw both sides come out and up the pace. Off the back of a strong wide counter-attack, Aberdeen’s Greig Ryan opened up the scoring from the back of the scrum to dot down in the corner 4 minutes into the second half.

    Aberdeen continued to attack well, slowly creeping up the pitch. A yellow card to Accies no. 13 Robbie Chalmers on the 50th minute gave the home side the advantage they needed to double their haul. Grant Walker dove into the corner after a well-worked set-piece saw Murray Mitchell time his pass perfectly to send the veteran winger darting over the whitewash.

    The home side’s man advantage didn’t last long as Matthias Schosser’s risky intercept attempt saw the prop sent to the sin bin on the 60th minute. Accies seized the opportunity to attack the weakened Aberdeen pack and drove their maul over 1 minute later to gain their 12th try bonus of the season.

    The final 20 minutes saw play slow as the sides began to tire and temperatures drop.
    Both teams struggled to make real inroads into the oppositions half with both defences holding strong up to the final whistle.

    Full-time Aberdeen 10 – 24 Edinburgh Accies

    After the match head coach, Ali O’Connor said: “I have mixed emotions. We at times played some good rugby and I wish we had played the ball a little wider. The big pity is that when we got back into the game we had opportunities to push on further and a little bit of inaccuracy in the set piece let us down and slowed our momentum. Our defence once again was great as was our resilience in the second half but credit to Accies especially in the second half when we came back at them they put the brakes on us and really stifled the game up.”

    Next weekend Aberdeen are on the road again this time to GHA who currently sit 4 points above them in BT National 1.

    Aberdeen Rugby: Doug Russell, Grant Walker, Alex Ratcliffe (c), Murray Mitchell, Matt Arnold, Bryn Perrott, Tommy Morrison, Calum Reddish, Matthias Schosser, Rob Ellinson, Aaron Robertson, Drew Whitehead, Alec Dravitski, Will Alton, Greig Ryan

    Replacements: Peter Gillies, Ewan Stewart, Dominic Wallen, Bailey Walsh, Calum Ruxton

    Edinburgh Academicals: Luther Hirini, Conor Hirini, Robbie Chalmers, Neil Armstrong, Callum Ramm, Richard Mill, Sam Johnson, Finlay Richardson, Callum Black, Clement Lacour, Angus Inwood, Ronan Seydak, Jack Mann, Jamie Sole (c), Lawrie Seydak

    Replacements: Rory Simpson, Shaun Gunn, Robin Snape, Max Love, Will Stephen

  2. Falkirk 20 – 50 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Rugby made it 4 away wins in a row and moved up 2 places to 4th in BT National 1 after their 20 – 50 point victory over Falkirk.

    Falkirk have previously won the last two encounters, yet Aberdeen’s sharp and fast attack proved too much for the home side.

    Aberdeen demonstrated their trademark attacking flair throughout the contest, utilising the outside channels whenever the opportunity arose.

    The Rubislaw men sprang out of the blocks showing off their wide and fast style of play. It was obvious the 4-week break had done little to impact the team’s synergy.

    Despite having the majority of the possession and territory, it was 3 a piece after 15 minutes with Aberdeen suffering from white line fever knocking the ball on in key scoring positions several times.

    On the 17th minute a fantastic set piece move between, man of the match, Alec Dravitski and Captain Alex Ratcliffe saw Alec dive over for the first of Aberdeen’s 7 tires.

    The next 5 minutes saw Falkirk twice kick the ball straight out from the restart and Aberdeen score directly off the resulting scrum. The ball went wide through the hands for Racliffe and then Matt Arnold to both score, giving Aberdeen a comfortable 21-point lead after almost as many minutes.

    The men in white looked unstoppable the rest of the half with the backs tearing Falkirk apart with their set piece. Strong running from no.10 Bryn Perrott saw Aberdeen gain a try bonus point before the end of the first half, his subsequent conversion took his first half points haul to 16.

    Half-time Falkirk 3 – 31 Aberdeen

    After the interval, Falkirk looked a different team. Their backs were linking well and starting to bring together multiple phases of attacking play. The visitors 3 changes at the interval and resulting reshuffle of the back line may have played a part in Falkirk’s awakening. However, it was Aberdeen who would again dictate play.

    Fly-half Sam Knudson picked up where Perrott had left off, controlling the game well and timing his passes perfectly to unleash several of his backs. Alec Dravitski scored his second of the day off the back of a scrum. Knudson himself pulled off a smooth step to gallop in under the posts for the visitors 6th try, a few minutes later.

    The game was not all smooth sailing for the men from the granite city. In the final quarter, several injuries saw Aberdeen clear their bench and play players out of position.

    Falkirk’s attack had been building all half and the Aberdeen injuries created the perfect opportunity.

    First, a break and chip from inside their own half saw the home side finally cross the whitewash in the 64th minute. 5 minutes later they opted for a tap and go in the Aberdeen 22 and passed the ball out wide for their second.

    Falkirk continued to capitalise and scored directly from the kickoff. It’s as if the roles were reversed with Aberdeen static in defence and Falkirk running the ball fast, wide and with ease. The home side were a score away from a try bonus themselves, something at halftime no one would have predicted.

    The final 5 minutes saw Aberdeen awaken once more to deal the final blow. Calum Ruxton made a lovely break down the far wing and passed back inside for club captain and, last-minute addition to the squad, Doug Russell to score.

    Full-Time Falkirk 20 – 50 Aberdeen.

    On Saturday, December 9th Aberdeen look to make it 5 wins in a row as we travel down to Galashiels to take on Gala who will be looking to break their 5 game losing streak.

    Falkirk: F. Syne, C. Rennie, E. Rooney, M. Hall, R. Cameron, C. Faulds, R. Limbert, J. McKenna, S. Govan, G. Simpson, C. Lawson, R. Denny, R. Howie, M. Mladenovic, S. McCulloch

    Replacements: G. Kirk, M. McSpadden, R. Crawford, Ch. Lawson, F. Call

    Aberdeen Rugby: S. Kundson, G. Walker, N. Clough, A. Ratcliffe, M. Arnold, J. Gray, G. Ryan, R. Ellinson, M. Schosser, R. Anderson, D. Whitehead, A. Robertson, R. Cessford, W. Alton, A. Dravitski

    Replacements: P. Gillies, L. Gallagher, E. Stewart, C. Ruxton, D. Russell

  3. Aberdeen 28 – 13 Dundee HSFP

    Aberdeen made it 5 wins from 6 and entered the top half of the BT National 1 table after a spirited second-half performance against Dundee HSFP at Rubislaw.

    Dundee have previously won the last three encounters, yet Aberdeen’s grit and determination proved too much for the visitors in the second half.

    The winning side’s second-half performance showcased more of their wide and fast running style of rugby, with a few forwards drives sprinkled in for good measure, to score 22 unanswered points.

    Aberdeen Head Coach, Alasdair O’Connor, said “I’m very pleased. We don’t get to beat Dundee very often. When we played back to our game plan of trying to stretch them and move them around that’s where we had success.”

    “In the first half, we probably had to beat them up a bit by playing the game tight and off nine. The message at halftime was to move the ball and pass off ten and that’s where the guys found the space and closed really well.”

    “We’ll keep things ticking over with the odd session over our 3-week break and use it as a chance for our players carrying little knocks to recover and take the opportunity to get the boys back in the gym and get strong again.”

    The first half was a stop-start physical affair from with both sides losing players to injury early on. Scrums and lineouts dominated early play.

    Aberdeen struggled to get the ball out of their own half for the first quarter. Dundee capitalized well and were the first to notch up some points on the board. Ex Aberdeen player Ali Mackie rumbled over the line for the first try and a penalty soon after saw the men in blue ten points clear after 25 minutes.

    The final 10 minutes saw the home side wake up and open the game up wide. The ball started to move faster up the pitch and through the hands catching Dundee offside. Bryn Perrott’s subsequent kick allowed Aberdeen to end the half only a converted score adrift.

    Half-time: Aberdeen Rugby 3 – 10 Dundee HSFP

    The second half offered a totally different game. Both sides were running the ball quickly and effectively and within the first four minutes Dundee then Aberdeen both made line breaks and drew offside penalties to add three points to their first-half tallies.

    Aberdeen implemented their coaches’ halftime instructions to a T. The ball moved from wing to wing and slowly up the park towards the Dundee try line.

    The men from the granite city drew another penalty, this time going for a scrum on the Dundee five-metre line. No. 8 Greig Ryan picked and went, and with a pop pass sent winger Grant Walker over to take the home side to within 2 points.

    The men in white, over the next 20 minutes, continued to up the games speed finding holes in the Dundee defence. A further 3 points from Perrott then a try from Nathan Clough took the hosts into an 8 point lead.

    Soon after, the Aberdeen forwards drove a Dundee scum back over the whitewash allowing Greig Ryan to easily dot down the ball, on the 70th minute and pull 3 scores clear.

    In the final 10 minutes, the game reached fever pitch. Both sides made breaks and key tackles for an end to end battle which saw the final whistle go after a 50-metre run by Dundee was stopped, turned over and ran back 90 meters before the ball was knocked forward by Aberdeen just short of the try line.

    Referee Kevin Whyte’s comment on the final whistle summed up the passage of play perfectly, “I should award you both tries for that effort.”

    Full-time: Aberdeen Rugby 28 – 13 Dundee HSFP

    Aberdeen have 4 weeks off for the autumn international break and will resume their campaign on the 2nd of December away to Falkirk.

    Aberdeen Rugby: Alex Ratcliffe (c), Grant Walker, Nathan Clough, Murray Mitchell, Matt Arnold, Bryn Perrott, Jake Gray, Rob Ellinson, Calum Reddish, Matthias Schosser, Drew Whitehead, Aaron Robertson, Robin Cessford, Alec Dravitski, Greig Ryan.

    Replacements: Ross Anderson, Ewan Stewart, Ethan Murray, Andrew Ovenstone, Sam Knudson.

    Dundee HSFP: Kieran Scoular, Ronan Joy, Cameron McCrimmon, Andrew Hamilton, Danny McGinn, Rory McGinn, Henry Sampson, James Forrester, Angus Fraser, Alan Brown, George Arnott, Andrew Redmayne, Alasdair Mackie, Patrick Hamilton, Daniel Levison.

    Replacements: Cameron Mathieson, Neil Dymock, Angus Farquhar, Jack Paladini, Ewan Campbell.

    P& J match report: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/rugby/1353840/pictures-cup-joy-provides-vital-grammar-gains/

  4. Cartha Queens Park 20 – 22 Aberdeen Rugby

    Aberdeen seized a 20 – 22 victory at the death against Cartha Queens Park in an end-to-end dogfight at a blustering Dumbreck Park.

    Aberdeen continued their run of away victories in a stop-start, closely contested game that saw both sides fighting throughout.

    The winning side struggled against a howling gale and a strong aggressive Cartha forwards pack to implement their usual wide running game. However, they left victorious after a gritty final 10-minute performance, which in previous seasons would have been too large a task for the men from Aberdeen.

    Aberdeen sprung right off the blocks and after only 30 seconds of play, forced a Cartha penalty right in front of the posts. The subsequent kick at goal was missed, but it was obvious that the 3-hour bus journey had done little to impact the Rubislaw men’s energy.

    The next 10 minutes saw both sides making multiple handling errors as they attempted to get to grips with the damp and windy conditions at Dumbreck. Aberdeen were first to capitalise on a mistake. An Aberdeen scrum inside the Cartha 22 allowed Ewan Stewart to barrel over from close range giving the visitors a 7-point advantage.

    Aberdeen increased their lead to 14 points off the back of another scrum. This time they went wide with winger Grant Walker being caught just short, only for him to pop it up from the deck into the waiting hands of Captain Alex Ratcliffe.

    Cartha finally found their footing in the final 12 minutes of the half. Their first try came from multiple phases of hard direct running finished with a pass wide for winger Pierre Piccardi to dive over and record their first points of the game. The second came just before halftime as the wind nudged an Aberdeen lineout into the home sides hands with Cartha number 7 Callum Spriddle capitalizing and dotting the ball down to finish the half only 5 points adrift.

    Half-time Cartha Queens Park 12 – 17 Aberdeen Rugby

    After the break, both sides continued to struggle to take the conditions into account. Cartha were the first to pounce this time and reduced the Aberdeen lead to only 2 points after Aberdeen were deemed to have collapsed a scrum.

    Cartha’s confidence grew and they finally found their stride. They peppered the Aberdeen defence with multiple hard, straight runs, methodically working up the park towards the Aberdeen line. Spriddle dove over to find his second and gave Cartha a 3-point lead with 15 minutes to go.

    It was now Aberdeen’s turn to go on the offensive. For the next 10 minutes, the men from Rubislaw repeatedly tried to find a hole in the home sides defence. The visitor’s grit and persistence finally paid off, when with only 3 minutes to go, Grant Walker, once again tackled short, popped the ball up to Calum Ruxton sending him over the whitewash. The subsequent conversion was missed giving the visitors a 2 point lead with only minutes to spare.

    Aberdeen collected the restart well and kept the ball close utilising slow pick and go’s for the final few minutes to grind out the victory and walk away with 4 points from the encounter. Coach Kevin Wyness’ tweet after the match summed up the game well, “That’s the get oot o jail card played. Thanks to Cartha for a physical game.”

    Full-time Cartha Queens Park 20 – 22 Aberdeen Rugby

    Aberdeen are back on home soil next week as they take on Dundee HSFP in the first leg of the Dally Allardice Trophy.

    Aberdeen Rugby First XV: Alex Ratcliffe (c), Grant Walker, Nathan Clough, Murray Mitchell, Nat Coe, Bryn Perrott, Jake Gray, Rob Ellinson, Calum Reddish, Matthias Schosser, Aaron Robertson, Ewan Stewart, Drew Whitehead, Alec Dravitski, Greig Ryan.

    Replacements: Ross Anderson, Peter Gillies, Ethan Murray, Calum Ruxton, Sam Knudson

    Cartha Queens Park First XV: Andy Scott, Anthony Nyanhweso, Ewen Campbell (c), Dave Goudie, Pierre Piccardi, Wayne Burrows, Graeme Docherty, David Irvine, Fraser Paul, Juan Phyfer, Matt Gray, Graham Williamson, Callum Spriddle, Calum Dickson, Michael Robertson

    Replacements: Michael Downer, Shabaz Khan, Ethan Paterson, Peter Hollier, Liam Howieson

    The P&J match report can be found here: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/rugby/1349881/drama-death-ruxton-steals-grammar/

     

     

  5. 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

     

    P&J report can be found here: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/rugby/1345894/grammar-seize-victory-despite-flurry-yellow/

     

  6. 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.”

     

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