Tillybrake Banchory hosted three rugby matches in a row last Sunday, with the S1’s and S2’s playing fixtures with Mackie in the mini ‘Six nations’ and Deeside U15’s taking on Moray, in a NE league, National cup double header. The S1’s game with Mackie was a hard game for the Deesiders. Mackie had a larger pack and were much more aware of the space available out wide. Simply put, Deeside overcommitted players to rucks and mawls and were outnumbered every time when the ball came out along the Mackie back line. The game was played in a good spirit, however, and Deeside never gave up despite conceding try after try. The individual ability is there and it should be obvious to the coaches how to start to fix the problem areas in Deesides game ready for their next fixture.
The tables were turned in the S2 game. Deeside were always well in control of all aspects of the game and were 4 tries to 2 up at half time. A few lapses of concentration and some poor tackling in the second half almost let Mackie back into the game. But the Deesiders rallied and closed the game off with three excellent tries running out clear and well deserved winners at 25:18. Deeside tries were scored, by Alex Fyfe, John Crilly, Andrew Hardman, Alex Taylor, and S1 Daniel Graham, who outpaced his opposite number on the wing to score in the corner after sprinting to collect a grubber kick cleverly put behind the Mackie defence by centre Rafe Welsh.
The double header fixture with Moray was the highlight of the afternoon. Moray had travelled down from Elgin having teamed up with neighbours Buckie, using dual registration to good effect to enable a handful of dedicated Buckie players to get a game. Moray were clearly well organised and well drilled and Deeside were anxious having never played a Moray side before. The game kicked off at 1pm in glorious sunshine and straight away Deeside looked to take control. The Deeside forwards were very dominant, with James Ferguson controlling the ball well at the base of the scrum, and Joe Birdsey, organising the driving mawls from the lineouts. By half time Deeside had raced away with the game and were ahead by 40 points. To their credit Moray never looked a beaten side and they rallied in the second half with their pacy No 10, scoring a well deserved try with a break from near half way. Deeside, however, touched down four more tries and at the full time whistle were clear winners by 68 points to 7. Tom Christie, Luke Earle-Wright, and Jack Irvine each scored hatricks for Deeside, and Angus Hart scored the final try of the game. This win puts Deeside U15 through to the next round of the cup where they should meet Aberdeen Wanderers away at Groats road on the 4th of October. Next games for the S1’s and S2’s are scheduled with Aberdeen Grammar away at Rubislaw on Sunday 27th Sept. Check the club website for latest information http://www.deeside-rfc.co.uk/