Highland RFC 38-12 Dundee Rugby
This tie signalled the start of the 2nd half of the season, with Dundee visiting Canal Park after we went to Mayfield on the opening day.
This game was notable for being the 100th 1st XV appearance for both Stuart Watson and Gordon Gregor. It also promised to be a debut 1st XV appearance for 17 year old prop Lachlan Hodge, following on from his representative games with the Caledonia region.
The Dundee side were perhaps unlucky to go in behind at half time. The last few minutes of the first half were to be spark that set up an improved 2nd half performance.
No long ramblings this week, please click on the video link to see highlights of the game.
If you have some time to spare you can catch up with the full game HERE.
The 1st XV secured 5pts – by scoring 6 tries against a stuffy Dundee side who scored 2 tries in the first half.
Man of the Match (Crowd Vote): Asaeli Saumaka
Man of the Match (Players Vote): Lochlann Hodge on his 1st XV Debut
Highland, Tries: Muritoki, Henry (2), Crush, Boyd, MacPherson Cons: Fraser (4)
Dundee, Tries: Nicol, Black Cons: Elliott
BACKS: 15. Adriu Muritoki, 14. Dan Corr, 13. Timoci Waqanibau, 12. Callum Boyd, 11. Magnus Henry, 10. Scott Fraser (CC), 9. Hugo Crush
FORWARDS: 1. Asaeli Saumaka, 2. Kev Brown, 3. Stuart Watson, 4. Evan Milton, 5. Rory Mighton, 16. Calum MacPherson, 7 Gordon Gregor, 8 Callum Carson (CC)
REPLACEMENTS: 18. Ritchie Dinnes, 19. Lochlan Hodge (debut), 20. James Blair, 22. Jese Waqanibau, 23. Grant Jamieson
BACKS: 15. Cameron Black, 14. Avi Nailatica, 13. Callum Nicol, 12. Callum O’Hagan, 11. Ross Jackson, 10. Callum Elliott, 9. Grant Harley
FORWARDS: 1. James Shellard, 2. Taylor Smith, 3. Ewen Macdonald, 4. Lachlan Graham, 5. Cameron Fraser, 6. Adam Flynn, 7. Sean Gauld, 8. Ian Reid
REPLACEMENTS: 16. Thomas Hall, 17. Addison Weir, 19. Stuart Kirk, 20. Kieran D’Aeth
Next Game: WATSONIAN FC (Away), Myreside, Edinburgh, KO 3PM
Aberdeenshire RFC 34-33 Highland RFC 2XV
The Raptors will be annoyed that they couln’t close out this Caledonia North League Div 1 tie against league leaders Aberdeenshire RFC.
Reports suggest that the Raptors were ahead moving into the last quarter of the match. Ultimately they couldn’t halt the ‘Shire comeback that turned a potential 5point win into a 2 point loss.
Next Game: Moray RFC (Home) Canal Park, Inverness, 3pm KO.
Highland RFC 3XV 57-5 Skye Rugby
The Sea Eagles ran out comfortable winners in their first HOME league fixture of the season.
Next Game: Moray RFC 2XV, Canal Park, Inverness, KO 2PM.
HRFC 1XV Front Row v Dundee Rugby, Canal Park, 4th Nov 23. L-R: Kev Brown, Asael1 Saumaka (Man Of The Match Crowd), Lachlan Hodge (1st XV Debut & Man Of The Match -Players), Stuart Watson (1ooth 1st XV appearance)