1st XV Match Reports

Edinburgh Accies 54 Aberdeen Grammar 9

Edinburgh Accies 54 Aberdeen Grammar 9 

Aberdeen Grammar continue to perplex as they go from the sublime to the ridiculous.

From looking a promotion-seeking team, Grammar could well be drawn into a relegation struggle if they lose to Watsonians and Stewart’s Melville in their next two National 1 games.

The performance against Edinburgh Accies was poor and coach Stuart Corsar said: “We were not mentally strong enough against an Accies side which was smart and exploited our many weaknesses well. We must now aim for maximum points from the next two games.”

Grammar made a good start, taking the lead through stand off Alex Hagart’s fourth minute penalty, only for the Raeburn Place side to hit back with a try almost immediately.

Hagart regained the Grammar lead in 12 minutes but thereafter it was one-way traffic as Accies ran in a further four tries to lead 25-9 at half-time.

The only relief for the visitors was a third penalty from Hagart.

The rout continued in the second half as the home side ran in a further five tries, but stand off Stuart Evans was able to convert only two of them, otherwise Grammar would have been faced by a cricket score. In conceding ten touchdowns serious questions must be asked about the Aberdeen ability to defend.

Failing to cross the Accies line also brings into question what has gone wrong since the same Grammar team scored seven tries against Peebles the previous weekend.

© Jack Nixon

Edinburgh Accies: Alex Blair; Mathew Coupar, Neil Armstrong, Iain Berthinussen, Josh Pecquer; Stuart Evans, Alex Glashan; James Pearse, Callum Black, Lewis Niven; Greg Campbell, Tom Stuart; Alistair Wood, Jamie Sole, Tom Drennan.

Replacements: Mark Latta, Ramin Mathieson, Ronan Seydak, James Munro, Will Stephen.

Aberdeen Grammar: Sam Knudson; Grant Walker, Jamie Gilmour, Conor Lavery, Alex Ratcliffe; Alex Hagart, Morgan Ward; Fergus McKenzie, Stuart Davis, Matthias Schosser; Stuart Smith, Hamilton Burr; Ali Mackie, Tony McGinness, Adrian Hamilton.

Replacements: Colin Neilson, Robin Cessford, Calum Champion, Doug Russell, Ali Addy.