Melrose Rugby Blog
1 Down 17 To Go!
Day 1 of the new season saw us gain a very welcome bonus point win away from home against a very committed and talented Hawick team. Mansfield is never an easy place to go so it’s a very good result and a great one to have banked so early in the campaign. It was far from a perfect performance but this is a very young and exciting side who we hope will improve as the season progresses. We were a bit naive at times and allowed them too much possession but with so many players making a debut against such a passionate club its hardly surprising. We looked sharp in attack with Sam Pequeur in particular showing up well in both defence and with ball in hand. If we give him the supply of ball he expects then he looks good for quite a few tries. However a special mention has to be given to the captain on the day Pumba (Grant Runciman) he led by example, turnovers, line breaks, tackles, absolutely outstanding. A man a very few words but then the best leaders often are. Most definitely the man of the match. Every week will be tough and it would be ridiculous to believe we are as suggested in the Scotsman favourites for the Premiership. Glasgow Hawks will be smarting from a tough opening defeat at home against Ayr who looked very good indeed so no doubt Hawks will now come to the Geenyards to play rugby and will be a real test for us. Following that we head to Ayr so it’s a very intense start to what will be a long season. Ayr have put a squad together with one aim, that of winning the title. They have worked hard to build a close relationship with Glasgow with a number of 1st year pros and partnership players available to them. We won't shy away from the fact we hold an ambition to reach the play offs, as indeed most other clubs will share. However I believe no matter the seasons outcome we will play a style of rugby well worth watching so I would encourage you to come along for our first home fixture and give the boys all the encouragement you can for our next challenge against a very well organised and well coached Glasgow Hawks team.
The Storm despite some late call ups to the 1sts had a great win over Hamilton. As always their fate will be influenced by the injuries and availability in the Premiership squad, however that can't be used as an excuse so we also hold a desire for the Storm to be in contention in their competition. Hawks 2nds took 40points from Ayr in week one so the challenge is mirrored. The National 1 reserve league is a very good competition and the City teams have larger squads than we do, so one thing for sure there is never a dull moment. And finally our ladies recorded a superb 112 - 0 victory over Stirling County Ladies and at this stage go to the top of the BT Womens Premier League.
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