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Fri 29th Sep 2017
Moray 1st XV won the first BT Caledonia League Division 2 North local derby of the season against RAF Lossiemouth last Saturday when they narrowly won by 14 points to 10 at the camp.

The Elgin side were handed the first opportunity of the afternoon when they were awarded a penalty for crossing. Wing Andrew McBean stepped up but dragged the ball wide of the uprights.

Five minutes later, however, the RAF side took the lead. A booming clearance by their stand-off was misjudged by wing Ben Roberts and when the ball hit the ground, the bounce took it into space. This gave the opportunity to allow the following up wing Adam Cliff to make it to the ball first, collect it and score under the posts. The Lossie full-back, Kieron Wood, added the conversion points for a 7-0 lead.

In the 15th minute, Moray replied. Phases of play from an attacking line-out took them to 5 metres from the line and to a scrum. The scrummage had been showing up well and this time, the ball was secured cleanly and a drive took them over the line with scrum-half Jonny Haslam dropping on the ball to score the try as it crossed the line. McBean calmly converted to level the scores at 7 points each.

The Lossie backs looked dangerous with ball in hand but Moray were playing a composed pressing game, cutting down any room and nullifying any opportunity.

In the 25th minute, the Elgin side were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes when Roberts was yellow carded for throwing the ball away. They weathered the ensuing storm, defended well, saw the bin period out and held on to a half-time score of RAF Lossiemouth 7 Moray 7.

Ten minutes into the second half, the home side regained the lead. A soft penalty was conceded when the ball was handled in a ruck allowing Wood to land the kick for 10-7

Almost immediately, the flyers were penalised for holding after a ruck was formed but McBean's attempt came back off the post and the ball was cleared.

The visitor's scrum was becoming more and more dominant and good ball was being produced to run with. In the 55th minute, clean ball was moved through hands firstly to the right and then back to the left to second-row John Stuart who crashed through the defence and as he was being stopped, he reached out to plant the ball on the line for the score. McBean stepped up and landed the conversion and Moray were now in the lead at 10-14.

Both teams had opportunities as the clock ran down but defence prevailed and no further points were added leaving Moray victors of a very tight and physical game.

It had been a typical nervy local derby but Moray had stifled the Lossie attack by being in their faces at every opportunity and putting in a good shift in defence. Once again the forwards put in a great shift in the scrum and got stronger as the game went on.

Man of the Match was Andrew McBean for his work rate and endeavour but in essence it was a good all round team performance from the 22 players that produced the result.

This Saturday Moray are away on league business again, this time to Aberdeen University Medics.

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Caledonia 2 North

(2017/18 Results)
Ellon 13 55
Garioch 14 53
Moray 13 50
Mackie Academy FP 12 41
Highland 2nd XV 13 40
RAF Lossiemouth 13 35
Ross Sutherland 12 30
Aberdeen Uni Medics 11 20
Shetland 11 20
Ab'deen Gram 2XV 12 18
Deeside 13 11
Stornoway 9 0

Last 1st XV Game

1st XV Season (2017/18)
Moray 71 - 0 Aberdeen Uni Medics
17th Feb 18 - KO: 15:00
Venue: Morriston

Next 1st XV Game

1st XV Season (2017/18)
Highland 2nd XV vs Moray
3rd Mar 18 - KO: 15:00
Venue: Canal Park
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Caledonia 3 North

(2017/18 2nd XV Results)
Kinloss Eagles 12 49
North Police 11 49
Ab'deenshire 2nd XV 13 48
Inverness CD 11 40
Gordonians 2nd Xv 13 37
Aberdeen Uni 10 36
Peterhead 10 31
Huntly 10 28
Ab'deen Wdrs 2nd Xv 11 19
Moray 2nd XV 13 11
Fraserburgh 14 7
Dyce 14 0

Last 2nd XV Game

2nd XV Season (2017/18)
Moray 2nd XV 18 - 31 Kinloss Eagles
17th Feb 18 - KO: 15:00
Venue: Morriston

Next 2nd XV Game

 Season (2017/18)
Ab'deen Wanderers 2nd XV vs Moray 2nd Xv
3rd Mar 18 - KO: 15:00
Venue: Groats Road
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