Wandies Gain Revenge.....

Sunday saw the SWRU domestic league kick off for season 2008-9, with defending champions Murrayfield Wanderers looking to avenge their only loss last season, in an away clash with Hillhead Jordanhill.Sunday saw the SWRU domestic league kick off for season 2008-9, with defending champions Murrayfield Wanderers looking to avenge their only loss last season, in an away clash with Hillhead Jordanhill. Sporting rather swanky new white warm up tops (The clue is in the name Ruthie), last years league winners travelled to the land of the weeg anticipating a very tough opening game.

After a long pre-season, both teams were itching to play and it promised to be a hard physical encounter. It was Wanderers who drew first blood though, with a well worked move off a scrum in the home team's 22 allowing fly-half Rhona Shephead to show good pace to dive over in the corner. Shep clearly then decided she would quite like another try and finished off a great break from Laura 'Tange' Steve to score under the sticks. Dr G converted successfully.

Hillhead soon rallied and for the next ten minutes or so were camped in Wanderers 22. The visitors conceded several penalties, with flanker Ruth 'Randy' Slaven eventually being sent to the bin for a rest. (She was player of the match though so we will let her off this time..). However Hillhead opted not to take 3 points and brave and committed defence from Wandies, particularly Sarah Quick, Wenche and Lana 'Windae' Blyth, meant they did not manage to cross the try line. Despite two botched attempts by inside centre Zulfi to clear their lines, (definitely didn't have the kicking boots on!) Wanderers managed to maintain a clean sheet going into the break, and scored another three tries. One of those was possibly the pick of the day, with the back line putting into practice one of coach Jules Murciano's moves to put Katy 'flatty' Green in space down the wing. She was tackled short of the line but got a great offload in allowing Zulfi to cross for a try.

Half time 0-31

Hillhead kicked off in the second half and caught Wanderers napping slightly, with the ball not being taken cleanly at the re-start. The home team put Wandies under pressure with some hard running from Susie Broon, but the Wanderers pack, led by Ellen 'Eyebrows' Beattie defended aggressively and stopped numerous attacks.

The visiting team was soon rewarded for their defensive efforts, with another try, scored after great interlinking between forwards and backs. Tracy 'Walnut' Mcadam (disappointingly not looking very walnut-coloured for a change...) supported a midfield break exceptionally well to score under the posts- and not a knock on in sight - We have it on video John!!

Wanderers continued to impress with their work rate, with Wenche, Lana and Wandies debutant Kelly Mitchell putting in fiercesome tackles, and the entire pack, especially Beth the Dick (she's just a wave machine...) controlling the scrums well to allow good attacking ball for the backs. The back three dealt well with the home teams kicks, with newbie Emma 'yet to get a nickname' Masters counter attacking well from fullback, showing impressive pace on severas occassions.

Ruthie capped off an impressive performance with a trademark snake-hip through the gap try, and Wanderers finished the game camped on the Hillhead try line, unfortunately unable to finish with a final flourish.

Final score 50-0

All in all a good start to the season for last years league winners, although also a sad day as Lana, resident windae licker and sometime second/back row, is taking a few months sabbatical... Lana will undoubtedly be down to support all the games home and away, or at least at the venues which have a bar...