Finally! – Deeside Through To Caledonia Final

A fixture between Deeside and Dundee Eagles has been pencilled in for several months but constantly postponed or cancelled; finally these two sides met for the first time playing the Caledonia Cup semi-final and a league place playoff double header on Aboyne Green, freshly emerged from the snow.  It was great to see Deeside turnout with a large squad and this strength in depth is clearly important for the future. The first half was a very close affair, although Deeside had most of the attacking opportunities and eventually with 17 minutes played and through quick recycling of ruck ball the back line was able to exploit a gap in Eagles defence and Rennie went over for the first, and only, score of the half.   In the second half Deeside once again applied pressure right from the restart. 

This constant pressure undoubtedly helped lead to the second try when Eagles trying to change the pattern of the game took a quick penalty and tried to move the ball wide with a very long pass, but the pass didn’t go to hand, falling between the two centres and was pounced on by Deeside’s outside centre Morris, who had the pace to sprint to the line and score.  The next score was a well struck penalty from 40 metres by Earle-Wright taking the score to a comfortable 17:0.  At this point Deeside seemed to increase the pace of game and despite plenty of obvious talent in the Dundee-backline, Deeside effectively stifled the Eagles attacks the ball rarely reaching the Eagle’s wingers and when did there was not enough space left on the outside and the wingers had to step back inside and take on the defenders with Watson and McGowan both doing excellent defensive jobs for Deeside.  Three further tries followed for Deeside by Christie, Earle-Wright and Irvine, two converted by Earle-Wright.  This sealed a well deserved 36:0 win and, having narrowly missed out on a place in the final of the National Cup,  takes Deeside into the final of the Caledonia Cup, where they will face either Stirling County or Madras Blues.  Ten minutes before the end of game with Eagles still determined to play good attacking rugby a tap penalty move passed to the Eagles No. 7 resulted in a head to head collision with the Deeside tackler when both players tried to go lower than each other at the contact.  Unfortunately, the Eagles player was seriously concussed and was kept in hospital overnight; Deeside wish him a full and speedy recovery.  Deeside squad from:  Buchan, Christie, Crilly, Dargie, Earle-Wright, Ferguson, Hart, Hillier, Hendry, Hutcheon, Irvine, McAskill, McCance, McGowan, Morris, Mullings, Rennie, Sutton, Taylor, Watson, Wallace, Wood.