Match Reports

  1. Aberdeen Grammar 17 Edinburgh Accies 18

    Aberdeen Grammar 17 Edinburgh Accies 18

    Aberdeen Grammar will play worse and win in the long season ahead.

    But they may live to regret turning in a second half performance in which they were posted missing as an attacking force, enabling an organised Edinburgh Accies side to claim victory.

    Grammar coach Kevin Wyness said: “It was very disappointing after a fine away win last week. But we seemed to go to sleep in the second half – although we had to use our entire replacement bench, which tells its own tale.

    “There are some nasty knocks in there, but we’ll get over it. I thought we had some fine individual performers, including winger Calum Gordon and flanker Tony McGinness, while our new centre pairing of Naka and Harry Duthie worked well.”

    Grammar had made the most perfect of starts when in two minutes they swept the ball wide. From the resultant lineout and ruck, new boy and number 8 Tom Preece crashed over.

    When stand off Rob Aloe kicked the conversion from wide out it looked like a good day was in prospect for Aberdeen.

    Accies had other ideas, clawing its way back into the game and kicking a 12th minute penalty after a home hand had appeared in a ruck. Centre Ruaridh Bonner had no bother in making good his attempt for three points.

    The Rubislaw side dictated the rest of the half, but had to rely on hesitancy in the Raeburn Place ranks to score a second try after a poor clearance.

    Aloe nipped over to make it 12-3 before adding the conversion and a half time lead of 11 points which given they had a strong wind in their backs was a small enough margin.

    Sure enough Accies took an immediate advantage after the interval – helped by poor home tackling, enabling winger Nyle Godsmark To stroll in unopposed. Bonner kicked the conversion before going on to kick a second penalty.

    Worse was to come as Grammar wilted, making it easy for replacement lock Andrew Findlater to score for Accies to go into the lead for the first time.

    Grammar rallied, pressing the Accies line. But in the end they only had a Mark Ryan penalty to show for their efforts.

    That left them agonisingly one point short when referee Andrew McMenemy blew for full-time.

    Former Dundee High player Harry Duthie enjoyed his first home outing, but said: “We inexplicably eased off in a game we really should have won.”

    Aberdeen Grammar Rugby: Will Wardlaw; Angus Rennie, Harry Duthie, Peceli Navamavuto, Calum Gordon; Rob Aloe, Morgan Ward; Matt Dixon, Sam Bingham, Struan Cessford; Ed Nimmons, Jamie Metcalfe; Geig Ryan ©, Tiny McGinness, Tom Preece.

    Replacements: Sean O’CXonnor, Matt Schosser, Rob Cessford, Mark Ryan, Luke Earle-Wright.

    Edinburgh Accies: Jamie Sole; Jamie Farndale, Ewen Campbell, Ruaridh Bonner,Nyle Godsmark; Alex Blair, Alex Black; Duncan Morrison, Michael Liness, Phil Cringle; Greg Campbell ©, Jamie McCarthy; Neil Atkin, Tom Drennan, Robin Snape.

    Replacements: David Bates, Fraser Rawlinson, Andrew Findlater, Mike Campbell, Sam Pecquer.

    © Jack Nixon

  2. Hawick 16 Aberdeen Grammar 23

    Hawick 16 Aberdeen Grammar Rugby 23

    Aberdeen Grammar coach Kevin Wyness was delighted to have launched his first game in charge with a Scottish Premiership win against Hawick but admitted that his side had been the “luckier” of the two on a greasy, difficult Mansfield Park pitch.

    Fortune may have favoured his side but there was no hiding the delight on the new coach’s face.

    He said: “I’m delighted to come away with four points. We were just a bit luckier.

    “Both sides tried to play rugby, but there were lots of mistakes out there. It could have gone either way, though we got the breaks.

    “It’s a great start to our season, winning away from home, especially in the Borders.”

    Having had most of the play in an entertaining first half, the Greens looked to be in control. But two tries either side of half-time from hooker Sam Bingham turned the game the way of the Rubislaw side.

    An efficient Grammar pack was well supported by the back three of Will Wardlaw, Angus Rennie and Erlend Oag.

    Full back Wardlaw, who normally plays in the centre, turned in an outstanding performance – attacking and defending in equal good measure, while in the centre the new pairing of Harry Duthie and Peceli Nacamavuto were highly effective against the home team who were boosted by the presence of Edinburgh professional Gregor Hunter at sstand off.

    Hunter and his Grammar counterpart Rob Aloe exchanged early penalties before Hawick momentum enabled Gary Johnstone to overlap for the first try of the day. With Hunter adding the conversion it was 10-3 for the home side.

    Grammar then enjoyed a good spell during which Rennie, Nacamavuto and former Dundee favourite Duthie all went close. But it was left to Aloe to add a second penalty to reduce the gap. However, Hunter cancelled it out with a monster effort of his own from the half way mark.

    Bingham then stepped up with his two touchdowns neither of which was converted, as Grammar led by the irrepressible Fraser started to bully the home pack.

    With the wind in their sails, scrum half Morgan Ward nipped over for a third try, this time converted by Aloe.

    Hawick had the last word to come within a converted score of the visitors total when Hunter kicked his third penalty, though captain Greig Ryan should have made it safe, electing to chip ahead inside the 22 when he had numbers left and right.

    It mattered little as shortly after referee David Changleng blew for time to give Grammar a fine start to the new campaign and a third win this century at Mansfield Park.

    Hawick: Ali Weir; Neill McColm, Lee Armstrong, Gary Johnstone, Greg Anderson; Gregor Hunter, Bruce Campbell; Shawn Muir, Lindsey Gibson, Liam Launders; Rob McAlpine, Kieran Williston; Stuart Graham, Keith Davies, Bruce McNeil.

    Replacements: Matt Landels, Wullie Blacklock, Craig Smith, Scott McLeod, James Parker.

    Aberdeen: Will Wardlw; Angus Rennie, Harry Duthie, Peceli Nacamavuto, Erlend Oag; Rob Aloe, Morgan Ward; Matt Dixon, Sam Bingham, Struan Cessford; Ed Nimmons, Jamie Metcalfe; Rob Cessford, Greig Ryan (c), Tom Preece

    Replacements: Mike Cox, Nicki Fraser, Tont McGinness, Mark Ryan, Luke Earle-Wright.

  3. 2012 Melrose 7s

    14 April 2012

    Aberdeen Grammar came within one score of a first ever place in the final of Melrose Sevens after an astonishing run to the semis of the prestigious Border tournament where they pushed the eventual winners Saracens all the way, battling back from 19 points down to close in on the possibility of a famous win.

    In a pulsating match that had the 12,000 crowd on its feet the Rubislaw side clawed their way back into the game, running in three tries after looking a little stage struck in the early stages of the tie against the reigning English league champions.

    Captain Greig Ryan led the fightback with Grammar’s opener to which Steve Aitken added a second try, setting the scene for the Aberdeen side’s man of the tournament Murray Douglas to sprint through a panic struck Saracens defence to make it 19 – 17.

    A shock looked on the cards, only for the London professionals to break out and score a late try to win the match 26 – 17 before going on to dispose of Border favourites Jed – Forest 50 – 21 in the final.

    In its opening game against Hawick, 28 time winners of the Ladies Cup, Grammar had to overcome the handicap of having scrum half Morgan Ward red carded for a tip tackle, making him the first player in the 129 year old history of the tournament to be sent off. (more…)

  4. 1st XV Match Reports


    DateHome TeamScoreScoreAway TeamMatch Report
    14 April 12Melrose 7s - semi-final Saracens2619Aberdeen GrammarTournament Report
    7 April 12Ayr4422Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    24 Mar 12Melrose4334Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    17 Mar 12Aberdeen Grammar3133Stirling CountyMatch Report
    10 Mar 12Dundee High3832Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    3 Mar 12Currie3421Aberdeen GrammarMatch Repport
    25 Feb 12Howe of Fife2748Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    18 Feb 12Boroughmuir277Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    11 Feb 12Aberdeen Grammar3238Dundee HighMatch Report
    14 Jan 12Aberdeen Grammar185GalaMatch Report
    7 Jan 12Dundee High1915Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    10 Dec 11Kirkcaldy075Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    5 Nov 11Aberdeen Grammar2511BoroughmuirMatch Report
    29 Oct 11Gala3017Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    22 Oct 11Aberdeen Grammar2413Heriot'sMatch Report
    15 Oct 11Edinburgh Accies1318Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    8 Oct 11Aberdeen Grammar227Glasgow HawksMatch Report
    1 Oct 11Stirling County3020Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    24 Sep 11Aberdeen Grammar916AyrMatch Report
    17 Sep 11Hawick3144Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    10 Sep 11Aberdeen Grammar2410CurrieMatch Report
    3 Sep 11Dundee High3629Aberdeen GrammarMatch Report
    27 Aug 11Aberdeen Grammar2532MelroseMatch Report