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GARIOCH 39 MORAY 1ST XV 5
Tue 30th Jan 2018
Moray 1st XV travelled to Inverurie to play Garioch in the BT Caledonia League Division 2 North last Saturday and returned up the A96 having been well beaten by 39 points to 5.

The Elgin side had the benefit of a considerable wind in the first half and after Garioch kicked off, they immediately took the game to the opposition.

In the 3rd minute, however, the home right wing with ball in hand, spotted a gap in the defence, broke through, stepped inside the last defender and scored a converted try under the posts for a 7-0 lead.

This was not the start that the visitor’s wanted and they returned to the attack with wing Keiran Young being bundled to touch, 5 metres out, following a flowing backs move.

The resultant line was taken against the throw but some inaccuracies in the back’s handling move saw the ball turned over and cleared.

In the 13th minute, from inside his own half, the home inside-centre broke through the first-up tackle and make for the line.

Young chased, caught and downed the centre, 5 metres from the line, but he was penalised and yellow carded for blocking the ball from being passed.

The resulting penalty was run and the big Garioch tight head prop barged his way over the line for an unconverted try and a 12-0 lead.

For the remainder of the half, Moray spent most of the time in the opposition half but the home team were well organised in defence and the visitors were not able to get themselves on the scoreboard.

In the final minute of the half, the Inverurie side extended their lead to 17-0 when the outside-centre drifted through a gap in the defence and in the tackle offloaded to his scrum-half to score an unconverted try.

Moray knew they were going to be up against it in the second half and early on made progress into opposition territory.

Unfortunately, the ball was spilled in a tackle and the home stand-off immediately made use the wind and fired the ball over the attacking heads to a line-out back in the visitor’s 22.

With the line-out a bit of a lottery due to the strong wind, the ball was taken against the throw and after a number of phases, the home outside-centre picked a really good line to break the defence and score a converted try for 24-0.

Two minutes later, with the Elgin side trying to make progress against the Inverurie defence, the ball was spilled in trying to set a ruck.

The home scrum-half identified that the Moray full-back had been involved and kicked the ball over the defence line.

The right-wing was quickest to get to the ball, picked up and scored an unconverted try for 29-0.

In the 53rd minute, the home side stretched the lead to 34-0 when after turning over in a maul, the ball was moved wide where an overlap was created for the left-wing to run in an unconverted try.

Moray returned to trying to make progress with ball in hand and in the 58th minute they scored. Driving play took them to 12 metres from the line where the home side was penalised for hands in the ruck.

A quick tap was taken and after a couple of phases, prop Nathan Gilmore barged his way over the line for an unconverted try, reducing the lead to 34-5.

The Elgin side continued to try and reduce this lead but the Garioch defence was well organised, strong and held firm.

In the last play of the game, Garioch added the final score of the afternoon.

They gathered ball from a clearance which was held up in the wind and spun the ball to their ‘man of the match’ right-wing who had the strength and pace to beat the defence and score his third of the afternoon, another unconverted try for a final score of Garioch 39 Moray 1st VX 5.

It had been a well-deserved victory for the Inverurie side who on the day had been the better side.

They dealt with the windy conditions better, were organised and strong in defence and took their opportunities well.

The Moray side were bitterly disappointed with their display and will now go away and analyse the game and come back stronger for their next fixture in the league, which is a derby encounter against RAF Lossiemouth on Saturday 11th February at Morriston. Kick-off 3pm.



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Caledonia 2 North

(2017/18 Results)
TEAM PLD PTS
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)
TEAM PLD PTS
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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