Rbs Premier 1 Review: Round Seven

Despite the entire country being tarnished with miserable and dark weather on Saturday, it wasn’t enough to snuff out the ever surprising competition that is the 2011/12 RBS Premier 1.

Perhaps the most interesting, and possibly most shocking result of the weekend was the demise of Melrose who before Saturday had run in six wins from six.

Dundee HSFP were the victors, who with a strong defensive effort and a confident return for back, James Fleming, managed to edge past the league leaders with two tries; James Fleming and Danny Levison claiming five points a piece.

Despite the entire country being tarnished with miserable and dark weather on Saturday, it wasn’t enough to snuff out the ever surprising competition that is the 2011/12 RBS Premier 1.

Perhaps the most interesting, and possibly most shocking result of the weekend was the demise of Melrose who before Saturday had run in six wins from six.

Dundee HSFP were the victors, who with a strong defensive effort and a confident return for back, James Fleming, managed to edge past the league leaders with two tries; James Fleming and Danny Levison claiming five points a piece.

Dundee HSFP head coach, Ian Rankin, said: “Beating the league leaders and stopping their winning run has really given us confidence and opened up the league.

“We’re in the midst of a few hard weeks of rugby, playing the three teams in the British and Irish Cup. We play Currie next week and Ayr the following week.

“We now need to introduce consistency to our performances because this year the league has shown that in top flight rugby anybody can beat anybody. There are four games until the league split so the intensity is going to increase throughout RBS Premier 1.

“The bottom teams who are in the danger zone will be desperate to make the top eight, providing equally as tough competition as the teams at the top.

“James Fleming, who is one of the players drafted to us, had his first 40 minutes this Saturday after being out for six weeks. He was looking very sharp, but the game was a team effort as we proved particularly adept in defence.

“In recent years we have lost to Melrose, and quite often they have sneaked the win in the last minute, so it’s good to be at the right side of the score sheet this time.”

Stirling County and Ayr both deserved their bonus point wins as they racked up 30 plus points with four tries a piece against two Edinburgh sides. Two touchdowns from Bengi Barsanti and one each for Brian Archibald and Graeme Lindsay saw off Edinburgh Accies 34-3 at Bridgehaugh, while Ayr won 33-15 at Goldenacre with tries from Josh Dunning, Mark Stewart, Grant Anderson and Robbie Ferguson.

Staying in Edinburgh, Boroughmuir were unable to see off a careless but relentless Currie, despite a competent effort from their young forward pack. The final score at Meggetland was 15-18 to the visitors.

Finally, Hawks and Hawick’s efforts to record a win were dashed once again as the ever-present confidence of this year’s newly promoted Gala and Aberdeen Grammar showed the threat they carry in RBS Premier 1.

For Gala, they moved two points behind Melrose at the top with a 14-0 win at Mansfield Park; this was the second weekend in a row that Hawick didn’t record a single point, while Aberdeen Grammar entertained Hawks to a 22-7 victory at Rubislaw.