Millbrae was certainly a day for the purist - wet, windy and a soft pitch –and unfortunately it was never going to be the type of game both teams would probably have preferred. But that’s the way it goes and no doubt there will be a few more such days before the season’s end.
Could we have won, absolutely; should we have won, probably not, as Ayr were just that wee bit wiser and more composed - so fair play to them. You also can't expect to win a game against good sides with two yellow cards. One for a no-arms tackle (Bhatti) and one for a tot up of being a nuisance (Bev).
Are we disappointed? Of course we are, but likewise Ayr would have been pretty upset had we nicked it. We certainly had chances to do that.
However we probably made more mistakes during this game than the others put together, so we move on. Had we been offered 21 points after 5 games, having travelled to Ayr, Hawks and Gala, we would have been pretty greedy to have turned it down.
Fraser Thomson pulled his hammy after about 20 mins and will be out for a while, Ruaridh Knott (who was our Man of the Match) came off with an arm injury - fingers crossed it's not too bad. With both pro teams under severe squad pressure due to injuries and up and coming rest periods for the Autumn tests, the next few weeks may result in teams having players taken away rather than them receiving their allocated pros. Some young guys may get their chance to taste the pro game and that’s a good thing as it shows that the Premiership is far better than some give it credit for. We need to have a Premiership that works closely with the Pro teams, a quality domestic competition has to be preferable to the ideology of sending players down South.
The Storm had another great win at Ayr with a squad depleted by injuries and players being unable to take time off work - that’s now a common theme and a real concern for the game. Life's tough for youngsters at the moment with very limited work opportunities in this area.
The Wasps found Hawick Wanderers just that bit too strong for them and it will be interesting to see how our u16s do at Mansfield on Monday at 7.30 - get there If you can.
The highlight of the weekend had to be the mini tournament with over 400 kids spread over the Greenyards, Gibson Park and the School pitch - what a sight! Perhaps an insight as to how things could look with new facilities and everything centred around the main pitch. Brilliant, and well done to all those involved.