1st XV Match Reports
Deeside RFC 1ST XV started off with great form fronting up in attack and closing down in defence. Kinloss seemed to settle in and through a lack lustre defensive line the visitors crossed over the white wash. Deeside rallied back but miss communication let them down and they were now 2 tries down.
First half carried on the same with Kinloss taking every inch and creating yards. Deeside seem to give the opposition too much respect and lacked confidence. Kinloss were well drilled but the Deeside team could still give them a run for their money. Certain aspects and some of the Deeside game showed throughout the game, lineouts were good, attacking runs were good, and scrums seem to be going well.
Lack of numbers at training showed the gaps in Deeside’s armour and with a team like Kinloss they will exploit gaps all day long. Deeside did however make some inroads and at times seem to be getting back in the game. Again small mistakes were punished severely by Kinloss.
Deeside need to go into games with a bit more confidence 1 loss out of 5 is not the end of the world but it should be the wakeup call we need to get back on track and stamp our mark on this league.
Deeside travel to Aberdeenshire 3rd XV this Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Final score: Deeside RFC 15 – Kinloss RFC 51
Man of the Match: Guy Finlayson
Try scorers: Louis Middleton, Tom Fuches , Bob Green
Deeside RFC 1ST XV started off at Counteswells with an opposition eager to bring the first defeat to the Deeside men. However, Deeside kept composure and after an infringement by Gordonians, Deeside kicked the penalty taking the points from what seemed to be a to and fro tussle for possession. After a number of penalties given to the home side one in a kickable position, however Gordonians failed to capitalise and sent the ball wide. Deeside seemed to be trying too hard and it was a constant tussle with Gordonians making some excellent tackles. Deeside were put on the defensive a number of times but the defence held strong. Some excellent forwards play setup the backline for a great run in attack and a well won try in the corner from no.15 Louis Middleton.
Gordonians never let up and were constantly counter attacking but the Deeside men held strong and made tackles that counted. This was by far the toughest test the Deeside team having faced so far this season and certainly not the last. A good run from the forwards late in the 2nd half gained a lot of opponent ground and Alex Peace made a strong run to go over the whitewash for try number 2 We want to be top of the league and continue our unbeaten run as far as possible (with this team unbeaten for the season is definitely achievable) but hard work lies ahead and there is no room for complacency, there is still some very tough games ahead.
Final score: Deeside RFC 16 – Gordonians 2ndXV 0
Man of the Match: Bruce Cooper
Try scorers: Louis Middleton, Alex Peace
Penalty: Tom Fuches x 2
This weekend Deeside 1st XV is home to Kinloss Eagles.
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Deeside RFC 1ST XV with the points a well worked phase travelled to Inverurie to face Garioch 2nd XV. Deeside soon got in the thick of things and came out with a well played try, forward phase play lead to the backline sending a wave of attack, try was converted. This early try seemed to be taken for granted and the Deeside men all got white line fever and thought they could run the ball themselves without support. A few errors in judgement nearly cost Deeside some points however the defence held firm, helped by a Garioch knock on.
First half was very much Deeside forgetting their strengths and bringing their game down a level. First half wasn’t all bad news however and at times some excellent support play from the forwards and good supporting runs from the backs. If they had just stringed this together more often a few more tries would definitely have been on the cards. First half ended 24-0 in Deeside’s favour.
As coach the first half was bitter sweet, bitter because I know we can play so much better and sweet because we were still 24 points up and there were definite good points.
2nd half kicked off and the Deeside team (that will challenge for the league title this year!) seemed to be back with some solid phase play and good attacking runs. The team were supporting each other at the breakdown and setting up really good attacking rugby. Scrum was a little off at times but only marginal, it’s good to see a Deeside team with depth in players. A further 5 tries followed in the 2nd half with great runs and good clean offloads. Unfortunately the Garioch Captain was injured at the bottom of a ruck and we wish him a safe and speedy recovery, with 5 minutes to go it was agreed to call it a day and allow him to get treatment.
Final score: Deeside RFC 51-Garioch 2ndXV 0
Man of the Match: Robert Green
Try scorers: Harvey McCauley x 2, Calm Wilson x 3,Nick Hammond, Tobias Cochrane dyet,Tom Fuches ,Ed Robb Conversions :Mark Mackenzie x 3
This weekend Deeside 1st XV travels to Gordonians 2nd XV
A blustery morning soon turned into a great days rugby with the wind ,picking up at times .Deeside were off to a great start with excellent phase play that lead to an attacking back line going over within the first 5minutes. Peterhead seem to rally and came back until the Deeside men struck again with a lucky bounce from a chip through meant Tom Fuches was on the score board.
There was a further 20minute spell were Peterhead showed guts and tried to move the forward ball from rucks, Deeside’s defence held firm and soon they had a lineout in opponents 22 which they capitalised on and Guy Finlayson crossed the white wash, just before half time Tom Fuches kicked a penalty to make it 18-0. Although they scored in the first 5 minutes it seemed Deeside where not playing their game but getting sucked into their opponent’s style of play, which seems to happen too often.
Second half brought a bit more gusto from the Deeside team and Peterhead seemed to step up the game. A very close call on the line was well defended and try averted by skipper Dale Alsop, with help from a well formed pack ready for any advance on the Deeside line. Tom Fuches got his 2nd of the game breaking their line to run in a good try.Then Calum Wilson seemed to get a spring in his step and decided his opening try was not enough and he added a further 4 tries to his days tally of 5, his pace left anyone in his dust.
Not to be out done Harvey Macaulay raced over with an excellent run to put his name on the board. Some good running play followed and Blair Ward crossed over to finish the game Deeside RFC 1ST XV 63- Peterhead RFC 0. Tom Fuches converted 4.
Deeside need to continue the winning run but will need to focus on playing their game, when they do this no one in their league will stop them.
The next game is 6 Oct with an away game to Garioch 2XV
Deeside RFC 1ST XV kicked off the season on Saturday 15th September playing host to Grampian Police. A great day for rugby except the wind increasing at times. With a number of fresh faces who have settled in well to the team Deeside where soon off the mark with a well worked try from Tom Fuches after a very good setup by Tobias Cochrane Dyet.
Deeside team seem to put in the phases but it was the Police team who got the score board ticking over with a successful drop goal to keep the score line close. John judt crossed over for a try in the corner in response all though the rust was beginning to show a little as the Deeside team lacked composure in the breakdown.
Deeside at times where to far off the ball with no close support meaning a few turnovers. With the forwards doing the work it was another well worked try this time by eventual man of the match Nick Hammond.
Grampian police bounced back with a try and conversion of their own after some in decision from Deeside let the visitors sneak in. Deeside seemed to get their support together and after some very good ground gained by the forwards, Harvey Macaulay ran in a very good try from centre.
A try from fellow centre Calum Wilson stretched the lead with the police making some comeback and only by some good defence by Deeside they were held up on the try line. It was the forwards turn to get on the score board with Captain Dale Alsop going over after some excellent play by Callum Ferguson making considerable ground with players in tow.
To say it was the first game of the season showed in some parts but Deeside had spells where they showed exactly what they are capable of. The team certainly put in a good shift but the game finished with some things to work on .final score Deeside 34-10 Grampian Police .This season is going to be about Deeside playing Deeside Rugby and sticking to their game plan, I for one can’t wait for the next game.
This weekend Deeside 1st XV travels to Inverness Caley Dunain 3pm kick off.
Deeside RFC 1ST XV left Woodend Banchory at 10am to travel to Blairgowrie to get the 2012/13 season off and running with a 10’s tournament they attend every year.
As usual Blairgowrie were very welcoming, the fields looking in very good condition.
7 teams attended this year with some good squad sizes, Deeside got off to a bumpy start drawing the first game 5-5 with Crieff but started to show signs of settling in.
Deeside then went on a 5 game winning streak ending the tournament winning 5 games and drawing just 1, no losses-scoring 23 tries and conceding 6 . It was a solid team performance and every member of the team deserved a player of the tournament recognition. Although 10’s is a quicker game Deeside showed what they are capable of, and the upcoming season is looking very promising.
The season will start this weekend with a cup game away to Kinloss , but this season brings excitement and no doubt a lot more good performances from the Deeside 1ST XV.
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