It's not the end of the World !!
Let's be fair here, Peebles were, by far, the hungrier and, as such, thoroughly deserved their win yesterday at the Gytes.
In a slightly disjointed first half we never took hold of the game and Peebles played the wind better. They will probably win all their homes games this season for, as we all know, it's not an easy place to play. It was though a good day for them with decent numbers around the touch lines backing up the thought that folk just want to get out and about now and support their local Institutions.
Truth is our front five came off second best in the set pieces, especially at scrum time where the redoubtable Willie Aitken held court. But we must not be downhearted, we tackled well throughout and held Peebles to a win without the four try bonus point. We, in turn, gained one.
The real plus for me was Niall Hall who, despite playing on the back foot, caught the eye as did Danny Morrison who took the ball forward into contact time after time making good yardage. With James Ferguson, Chris Baikie and Uncle Bulgaria away it was always going to be an uphill task and so it proved but take nothing away from Peebles, they were the better side on the day.
As for the Development team it proved to be a worrying time for the game on a wider stage. Our guests, Boroughmuir, managed to bring only ten players for the match at Inverleith so the game was conceded before kick-off. We mixed the sides up to allow a match of sorts but it was a bit one-sided and a bit meaningless in truth. But full credit to them for coming and all the players for making a game to take place. It allowed us too a look at the squad and although the scrums were uncontested, new recruit, James Bradley at loose head prop looks the part as did Max Hancock and Brendan Scott. The Development squad head to Jedforest next Saturday so hopefully a full-on game can take place.
As for the 1sts, it's a case of dust yourselves down men and head for Beveridge Park knowing that a similar game will unfold there that's a certainty.
As for yesterday at the Gytes, whilst it maybe felt like the end of the World , trust me, we will have a few more bumps along the road yet!
Hon Vice President
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