County and Accies make British & Irish Cup as Dalziel avoid relegation

Dalziel rugby club have cemented their place in RBS Championship Divison A next season after winning the relegation play-off at Bridgehaugh today.

Dalziel v Perthshire

The Motherwell side beat Perthshire, from Championship B, 31-22 at Stirling County’s ground.

Coach, Neil Livett, said: “It’s been a tough season but we have ended it on a high.

“Today’s game was hard, Perthshire are a well drilled side. We started slowly, and they scored within the first minute, but we responded tremendously and scored three tries in a fifteen minute period following that.

“After that, the match went back and forward and it could have been anyone’s for the taking.

“Grant Clark our lock was the man-of-the-match, he was absolutely outstanding. He really put himself on the line for the club.”

Furthermore, Stirling County and Edinburgh Accies will compete in the British & Irish Cup next season following the RBS Premier Division’s last two matches.

Stirling County ensured their place in the cross border tournament for a second season following an epic, 43-40 victory over Dundee HSFP at Mayfield. Dundee HSFP will take on Hawick now in the relegation/promotion play-off later in April

Stirling County head coach, Graeme Young, said: “It was end to end stuff today, we would score and then Dundee would score and so on, but the conditions were beautiful and it was a great open game of rugby.

Stirling County in B&I Cup

Stirling County and Edinburgh Accies in British & Irish Cup

“It’s fantastic to be back in the British & Irish Cup. We have had a lot of talented young players this season and they have done very well. Also, our more experienced players have helped us get promoted in recent years and then get to fourth in the Premier Division and now third this year, so we’re making a lot of positive steps forward. I’m so proud of every player involved.”

 

Secondly, Melrose beating Aberdeen Grammar at The Greenyards, 32-27 meant the capital side [Edinburgh Accies] kept their position in fourth and earned their first ever campaign in the British & Irish Cup.