Alloa 1st XV 41 Stobswell 1st XV 0
It was a glorious, sunny, warm day in Dundee on Saturday where Stobswell entertained Alloa on their new pitch. The pitch was firm, the sun was blazing down and both sides looked forward to a feast of running rugby.
The first have proved to be very frustrating for Alloa. Despite having the lions share of both territory and possession their haste to move the ball at every opportunity meant that time after time the ball was knocked on or spilled in contact. This would not have been a problem but for the fact that after the 2nd scrum, due to Stobswell not having front row cover the game went to uncontested scrums. This nullified Alloa’s very strong pack and meant that bodies were scattered across the pitch. Alloa did manage to score 2 touchdowns in the first half. An opportunist kick and chance by Smeggs saw some fancy footwork culminate in him flopping over the line. The second was well worked with Stobswell being drawn back and forth across the pitch before Fraser Donaldson (Mobbo) used his pace out wide to go round his opponent and score near the corner.
After the half time team talk Alloa came out with all guns blazing determined to make their domination of ball and territory reflect better in the scoreline. With a far better structure using the forwards to drag people in and then moving the ball wide along the young backline Alloa set up phase after phase. This style of play paid dividends with Mobbo scoring a further 3 tries in the second half. The forwards were determined to get reward for their hard work and Tattie Shaw finished off a move which included text book offloads from both Rolf Maitland (Captain) and Stevie Jack (Vice Captain). The final try of the game came from a returnee to the Club Fraser Smith who, after being involved several times in the move, broke through the last line of defence to dot down. Matt Alan also converted 3 conversions to take the final score to 41 – 0.
It was very pleasing to see so many younger players working well and enjoying the rugby with the sun on their backs. The old warhorses did contribute to the game as well.
The Club now looks forward to entertaining Waid next weekend for what would be the first home game of the season.