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Good Start


The Greenyards played host to a very successful days rugby on Saturday. From early morning the town was buzzing with the influx of Leicester supporters all looking forward to a double helping of  rugby.  By 2pm over 3000  supporters were enjoying the sun, a wonderful Oink hog roast roll and a chilled beer. It certainly beats shopping. The Edinburgh game was a very physical affair that didn’t trouble the scoreboard too much. Edinburgh certainly were unlucky not to get the win but will have taken much from their display. The club would like to thank the management of Edinburgh Rugby for using our facilities both for this game and their previous training camp. The players and coaching staff certainly all appeared to enjoy the more intimate surrounding of the Greenyards. Verne Cotter had his first personal taste of the ground and we  all look forward to seeing him again.

Unfortunately we didn’t perform well enough to win the first ever BT Charity Shield. As is the norm in our battles with Heriots this was a high scoring game with the visitors fully deserving the win. We scored a couple of superb tries, young Ruaridh Knott was outstanding at open side, Rory Tolland looked very dangerous as did Tito Mua. Bearing in mind Tito and Todd  Pearce only arrived on Tuesday  so they will only get better.  A game lasts 80 minutes and we didn’t perform enough of those minutes to the standard we want to. Having began the second half with two quick tries we seemed to switch off and that something we can't afford to do in the weeks ahead. So the real stuff begins next week against Accies. We have a few injuries to look at, a few experiments from this game to study and a starting team to select for game number one. The only relevance being Champions has now is that we are target no 1 - everybody wants to beat us - here we go again!


Mike Dalgetty
Director of Rugby

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