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ABERDEENSHIRE 45 MORAY 21
Thu 30th Jan 2020
An inexperienced Moray side stuck in well but eventually lost by 45 points to 21 to a big and well drilled Aberdeenshire team last Saturday, in their latest Tennentís Caledonia North Region League Division 2 North fixture in Aberdeen.

The Elgin side opened the scoring in the second minute and took a 0-3 lead when Rory Millar landed a penalty, conceded when Moray breached into the 22.

Two minutes later, a penalty and driving phase took Shire to an attacking scrum 5. A powerful scrum saw the scrum-half pick, go blind and feed the scoring pass for a 7-3 lead.

In the 8th minute, Chris Robottom pounced to secure loose ball in the 22. This was quickly turned into attack and after a couple of drives, Ewan Simpson took the ball at pace and broke the defence to score. Millar landed the extras for 7-10.

Four minutes later, the Aberdeen side retook the lead when they scored an unconverted try after some good handling.

It had been an end to end first 15 minutes and the Elgin side again got themselves in front at 12-13, when Millar landed a penalty after a ruck infringement.

Shire made it 19-13 in the 18th minute when their lively scrum-half found a gap in the visitorís defence to score a try, which he converted.

Five minutes later, Moray narrowed the gap through another penalty by Millar.

In the final ten minutes of the half, Aberdeenshire took control and stretched the lead when they scored two tries, one converted, through strong open play by their backs for a half-time lead at 31-16.

The early part of the second half was very competitive but in the 55th minute, the home side put the game beyond doubt, at 38-16, when they were awarded a penalty try after a powerful scrum drive for the line was dropped by Moray.

In the 69th minute, the Aberdeen side made it 45-16 when they scored a converted try down the blind-side of an attacking scrum.

The Moray heads never went down, they continued to compete well and finished the game strongly.

In the 72nd minute, a penalty took them to an attacking line, 8 metres out. Clean ball was taken and a tight and powerful drive took them towards the line. Mark Taylor had control of the ball and at the correct moment broke and scored an unconverted try for 45-21.

In the last minute, the Elgin side had a similar situation but the home defence drove the maul into touch to end the game.

It had been a well-deserved win for an Aberdeenshire side who had controlled the scrum with their huge pack and had put good speed into attack in the open. Moray can hold their heads high as they had contested well, had stood toe to toe early doors and had contributed well to a very good game of rugby.

This Saturday, Moray are at home to Banff, kick-off 2pm.


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Caledonia 2 North

(2019/20 Results)
TEAM PLD PTS
Highland 2nd XV 10 37
Ab'deen Gram 2nd XV 10 33
Banff 11 29
Aberdeenshire 10 28
North Police 9 22
Mackie Academy 10 22
Moray 10 21
Ross Sutherland 8 11

Last 1st XV Game

1st XV Season (2019/20)
Moray 17 - 14 Banff
1st Feb 20 - KO: 14:00
Venue: Morriston
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1st XV Season (2019/20)
Highland 2nd XV vs Moray
15th Feb 20 - KO: 15:00
Venue: Canal Park
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