Rugby

  1. CORONAVIRUS ASSISTANCE

    Aberdeen Grammar Rugby are keenly aware that a number of people in our community will seek assistance at this time with normal day to day issues.  We have a group of players and members at the club who can assist in collecting foodstuffs, medicines and life essentials for the vulnerable and those required to self isolate at this time of national emergency.  We will undertake any reasonable request for assistance from persons associated with the club or the wider community in the area.

    In the first instance contact Gordon Thomson on 01224 636002, 07718 905003 or g.thomson.t21@btinternet.com to discuss your requirements and the appropriate service can be arranged from our pool of volunteers.

    We are delighted to offer help to the community at this time of need

    Stay safe

    All at Aberdeen Grammar Rugby

  2. Aberdeen Grammar 17 Marr 52

    Aberdeen Grammar’s season, which started so brightly back in September when the Rubislaw side won five of their first six games, ended with a crushing 52-17 defeat at the hands of league leaders Marr at Rubislaw.

    For 40 minutes the home support harboured the faint hope of a shock result, only to see the Ayrshire side build on their slim 19-17 lead after a stern talk from their coaching team resulted in five unanswered tries for the visitors.

    It was a third defeat in a row for Grammar, albeit in games against the division’s top three, and the points against tally of 131 made for uncomfortable reading for club chairman Gordon Thomson.

    He said: “We were well in contention in the first half against the top team in the Premiership, which was no mean feat, but we were badly hampered by an early injury to prop Ross Anderson and then blown away by the sin-binning of lock Robin Cessford, during which they scored three tries.

    “Our limited resources were best demonstrated by the fact we had to list head coach Ali O’Connor as one of our replacements.

    “We have done well to end up in fifth place, but will now go away and plan for the 20-21 season.”

    Despite total second-half domination enjoyed by the Fullarton Park side, Grammar can take heart from the performances of three youngsters in the team.

    Full-back Fraser Sneddon, winger Craig Shepherd and lock Scott Renfrew all had games to be proud of, while veteran number eight Greig Ryan worked his socks off.

    Captain Sam Knudson had a sound game at stand-off and Tom Aplin has become one of the most reliable place kickers in the league.

    This all gives the club something to build on, although much depends on how committed and available senior players are in keeping the team at the forefront of top-class amateur rugby in Scotland.

    Grammar took a second-minute lead through an Aplin penalty, but were soon on the back foot thanks to two well-taken tries from winger Richard Dalgleish, one of which was converted by stand-off Colin Sturgeon.

    Grammar then enjoyed a golden patch, first through a forwards effort, finished off by flanker Jonny Spence, followed by a splendid run from Shepherd, both converted by Aplin. Marr managed one of their own scored by winger Tom Steven, making it 19-17 at the break.

    The second half belonged to the league leaders who ran in five tries, touched down by Benedict Grant (3), captain Conor Bickerstaff and Will Farquhar, four of them converted by Gregor Paxton.

    © Jack Nixon

    Aberdeen Grammar: Fraser Sneddon; Nathan Brown, Nat Coe, Tom Aplin, Craig Shepherd; Sam Knudson, Tommy Morrison; Jordan Robertson, Andrew Cook, Ross Anderson; Robin Cessford, Scott Renfrew; Dom Wallen, Jonny Spence, Greig Ryan.

    Replacements: Yasseen Ahmanache, Aaron Robertson, Ali O’Connor, Matt Running, Calum Ruxton.

    Marr: Greg Montgomery; Richard Dalgleish, Gregor Paxton, Conor Bickerstaff, Tom Steven; Colin Sturgeon, Jack Preston; Will Farquhar, Ollie Rossi, Calvin Henderson; Ewan Hamilton-Bulger, Fraser Grant; Mackenzie Pearce, Robert Brown, Benedict Grant.

    Replacements: Jamie Drummond, Brandon Sweet, Josh Harvey, Gregor Ness, Jack Scott.

  3. Hawick 54 Aberdeen Grammar 7

    Aberdeen Grammar suffered a heavy defeat at Mansfield fielding a side without many established first team regulars.

    Jack Nixon’s P&J report will follow on Monday.

  4. Aberdeen Grammar 16 Currie 27

    Aberdeen Grammar’s chances of reaching the Premiership play-offs next month were dealt a major blow as they suffered a 26-17 home defeat against Currie Chieftains.

    The visitors took advantage of the Rubislaw side’s defence frailties to take the game away in a devastating six-minute spell just after half-time, during which the Edinburgh side scored two tries.

    The home side battled back from being 26-10 down to come within a whisker of grabbing a valuable losing bonus point, only to fail to take the try-scoring opportunities which came their way.

    It was a situation not lost on head coach Ali O’Connor, who said: “The difference between the two sides was Currie took their chances, while we squandered a number of good ones. We deserved at least a bonus point but once again came up short.

    “Overall there were some outstanding performances, including those guys who came on as replacements. Craig Shepherd and Ross Anderson were very good in very difficult conditions.

    “We are not out of it yet, but with Selkirk picking up two points for their draw at Musselburgh, it means we are now out of the top four and must beat Hawick away and Marr at home.”

    After some early probing, Grammar took an early lead with a penalty in five minutes from centre Tom Aplin, giving the home side the confidence and momentum to build up pressure on the Currie try line. It paid off in 15 minutes when prop Matthias Schosser bulldozed over and, with Aplin adding the extras, a shock result looked a possibility.

    But the Malleny Park side are not in second place for nothing, although it took a defensive mix-up for them to close the gap when centre Ryan Southern was given a free run at the Grammar line for a touchdown converted by stand-off Adam Hall, who then went on to add a try of his own on the half-hour mark. His conversion made it 14-10 at the break.

    The start of the second half was nothing less than disastrous for the hosts as, in the space of six minutes, they all but surrendered the game, shipping two soft tries, attributed to scrum-half Gregor Christie and replacement prop Reece Patterson, one of which was converted by Hall, giving Grammar a mountain to climb at 26-10 down.

    The try bonus point gained, Currie visibly relaxed, giving the Rubislaw side the opportunity to come back into the game. This they did in some style in 61 minutes when Aplin ran all of 70 yards to score a magnificent try and then had the breath to add the conversion, taking the score to 26-17, where it remained until the final whistle.

    The atrocious conditions took nothing away from a hard-fought game, especially up front, as acknowledged by Grammar’s forwards coach Iain Stanger, who said: “It was a good old-fashioned game of rugby with the two packs giving their all.

    “It was a close-run thing but Currie deservedly shaded it. They took the chances which came their way.”

    Selkirk are now favourites to claim the fourth play-off place, given they are a point clear and have an easier run-in than Grammar against bottom-side Edinburgh Accies and GHA.

    © Jack Nixon

    Aberdeen Grammar: Fraser Sneddon; Nathan Brown, Murray Mitchell, Tom Aplin, Doug Russell; Sam Knudson, Jamie Troup; Calum Reddish, Andrew Cook, Matthias Schosser; Nat Coe, Jordan Robertson; Dominic Wallen, Ben Inglis, Grieg Ryan.

    Replacements: Scott Renfrew, Ross Anderson, Aaron Robertson, Ali Addy, Craig Shepherd.

    Currie Chieftains: Fraser Sayers; Cameron Meager, Steven Hamilton, Ryan Southern, James McCaig; Adam Hall, Gregor Christie; Graeme Carson, Fergus Scott, Matias Sonzongni Argiro, Matt Poole, Sam Edwards, Mike Vernel, Wallace Nelson, Rhys Davies.

    Replacements: Reece Patterson, Grant Williamson, Josh O’Brien, Hamish Ferguson, Fraser McKay.

  5. Aberdeen Grammar 2XV 27 Highland 2XV 24

    Aberdeen Grammar 2XV – The Bears – won an entertaining, close, fixture against Caledonia rivals Highland.

    Highland went back up the A96 with 2 bonus points for their efforts and remain top of Caley North 2.

    Photos from the match are in the galleries.

  6. GHA 19 Aberdeen Grammar 21

    Aberdeen Grammar kept their play-off hopes alive with a narrow 21-19 victory against GHA in Glasgow.

    The victory takes Grammar into fourth place and, with only three games to play, albeit against the three top sides Marr, Currie and Hawick, head coach Ali O’Connor reckons anything is possible – especially as two of the games are at Rubislaw.

    He said: “We have discovered how to win again after a poor run, and if we can maintain this form we will be there or thereabouts.

    “It’s the first time we have done the double over GHA for a long time, but we deserved it. Our defence and physicality were outstanding, especially in the second half when we didn’t concede a point.”

    Grammar started strongly taking the lead in only three minutes when, from a penalty lineout, centre Murray Mitchell ran in a fine try, which was converted by fellow centre Tom Aplin, confirming that the back is fast becoming the most reliable place-kicker in the league.

    The Braidholm side hit back immediately with a great counter attack, enabling winger Jordan Craig to touch down for a try converted by scrum half George Baird.

    In 15 minutes, the home side repeated the move to go 12-7 ahead. The scorer was prop Erik Cavan, although Baird missed the kick at goal, but only awarded after referee Michael Todd had consulted a touch judge.

    Grammar bounced back to push ahead after spreading the play wide, giving the ultra-speedy Doug Russell a free run from the wing. Aplin added the extras in what had been a frantic, but entertaining, opening 20 minutes.

    After a quiet spell, the Glasgow side upped the pace of the game, getting their reward just after the half-hour mark when lock Adam Burnett charged over from a lineout. With Baird successfully making the kick, GHA were able to go into the break 19-14 to the good.

    The second half was dominated by the hosts but, thanks to some superb Grammar defending, they were unable to add to their tally.

    Instead it was the visitors who, in a rare visit into the GHA half in 58 minutes, scored what proved to be the winning score, touched down by lock Robin Cessford, and converted by the reliable Aplin.

    Grammar survived a torrid last 20 minutes in which every player put their body on the line, but helped by some poor finishing from the home side.

    Selkirk’s home 26-14 defeat against Marr was greeted with joy by players, officials and the small but vociferous Grammar support, resulting in Grammar moving into that precious fourth place, although they will have to wait until February 15 for the next round of games when they host second-placed Currie Chieftains.

    © Jack Nixon

    GHA:

    Replacements:

    Aberdeen Grammar: Sean Mills; Nathan Brown, Murray Mitchell, Tom Aplin, Doug Russell; Sam Knudson, Tommy Morrison; Calum Reddish, Andrew Cook, Matthias Schosser; Robin Cessford, Jordan Robertson; Nat Cole, Ben Inglis, Greig Ryan.

    Replacements: Jonny Spence, Ross Anderson, Aaron Robertson, Patrick Ritchie, Fraser Sneddon.