1. Aberdeen Rugby vs Edinburgh Accies TV

    Video coverage from the Edinburgh Accies game:

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  2. 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

  3. Kelso 14 – 12 Aberdeen

    Kelso ended Aberdeen’s away game-winning run that dated back to September as they won 14 – 12 in a hard-hitting, gritty game at Poynder Park.

    Aberdeen won the last encounter at 44 – 24, yet Kelso were the better side in a game that saw both teams hammer their oppositions defensive lines.

    Both teams came out and looked rusty with passes being dropped on both sides. Kelso were the first to strike. Capitalising on multiple Aberdeen mistakes, lock forward Gaiser punched over the try line on the 20th minute.

    The second quarter saw Kelso with the majority of territory and attacking opportunities coming from their strong defence and hard-hitting forwards pounding the Aberdeen defence. The home side doubled their lead on the half-time whistle with scrumhalf and captain Tait finding a gap between two Aberdeen front rowers to take Kelso, deservedly, into a double-digit lead.

    Half-Time Kelso 14 – 0 Aberdeen

    The break seemed to have changed little with Aberdeen straight on the defensive for the first 5 minutes. A switch seemed to finally flick on for the men from Rubislaw winning a scrum against the head in the 45th minute. Subsequent line breaks from Jake Gray and Greig Ryan lifted the men in white further.

    The remainder of the quarter saw both sides elevate their game. Time was spent inside both oppositions 22’s with key attacking opportunities being repelled by steadfast defences.

    The 20 minutes saw the game reach fever pitch. The tension was palpable and Aberdeen were finally linking together well and holding onto the ball. Prop Rob Ellinson finally found a hole in the Kelso defence on the 72nd-minute mark off the back of an Aberdeen lineout. Then captain Alex Ratcliffe, at the death, found a pair of forwards out of position to slice between and cross the whitewash untouched gaining Aberdeen a losing bonus point. Brynn Perrott’s conversion brought the visitors to within 2 points of Kelso and with it the end of the game.

    Full-time Kelso 14 – 12 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen coach Ali O’Connor after the whistle said: “A little bit disappointing but credit to Kelso, I think they were the sharper team and deserved their victory. We lost a bit of shape in attack and we weren’t able to dominate collisions to get our off-loading game going and weren’t able to get over the advantage line because Kelso were very very good around the contact. They defended heroically today when we had the ball and we had to work really hard for our tries.

    We should have kicked and played more territory in the first half with the wind behind us, however, the players that we have are very good with the ball in hand and that showed in the second half when we put phases together we actually scored from our own try line.”

    He added: “Our defensive showing from players like Aaron Robertson and Calum Reddish was outstanding. We gave Kelso the ball for a long long time during the game, so to only concede 14 points and keep them scoreless in the second half, with the wind, is a testament to the defence effort we put in.”

    Next Saturday Aberdeen take on top of the table and undefeated Edinburgh Academicals at Rubislaw.

    Kelso RFC: C. Doods, I. Sim, P. Hume, G. Mein, R. Cooke, A. Skeen, A. Tait (c), S. Karlsen, R. Henderson, B. Robertson, P. Lawlor, H. Gaiser, J Irvine, k, Dryden, K. Mein

    Replacements: C. Marshall, K. Cooney, A. Johnston, K. Wilson, A. Roberts

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

    Replacements: Pete Gillies, Colin Neilson, Ewan Stewart, Dom Wallen, Bailey Walsh

  4. 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

  5. Bryn Perrott

    Congratulations to Bryn Perrott on being selected for the Scotland U19 training squad for next month’s session at Oriam.

    19s Letter


  6. Hamilton Burr

    Congratulations to Hamilton Burr who made his Glasgow Warriors debut against the Ospreys in Swansea this afternoon.

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