Senior Rugby Update:

05th April 2016

Since the end of February the only two teams involved in games have been the Highlanders and the Extra Bs.

The Highlanders have travelled away to Worthing on the 27th of February. The performance left the squad embarrassed, losing 24-19 while the game was there for the taking. A deal was made by the players and management that for the remainder of the season the team will play with a smile on their faces and that we won’t let each other down in performance.
The following game a couple of weeks later against Henley away, gave the Highlanders the perfect opportunity to redeem themselves. The team did bring a better focus in the second half, but the game was won in the first half as Henley scored 26 unanswered points, due to lack of concentration in the Scottish defensive organisation. However the 2nd half was a totally different story as the team started to put plays together in the right areas of the pitch, scoring 3 tries that should and could have been a couple more. The final whistle came too early and despite a much better 2nd half Henley was happy to win 26-21 at home.
A week later the Highlanders boarded a very early morning flight to Jersey to face Jersey Athletic with a supporting crowd of over 300 people. Jersey capitalised on a mistake in midfield to get the offload through to score under the posts. Scottish playing into a strong wind was forced back and penalties meant an easy six points were added for Jersey. However the Highlanders scrum with Sam Nixon, Bradley Ogodulunwa and Louis Keen at the front were putting the Jersey pack in all sorts of bother and the pressure resulted in penalties, well taken by Richy West, for a 13-6 half time score.
The Scots continued the pressure through the scrum and playing field position with a strong wind, however the referee got a few rulings on our attacking scrums wrong and the Highlanders were penalised as the dominating scrum while it should have been a penalty try in one occasion and a few penalties at least! Not long after this Jersey scored a try that would not have occurred if the decision by the official was accurate. Scottish hit back with a well timed intercept try by winger Calum Digby sprinting away from the chasing defenders over 70 metres.
West nailed the conversion and added another penalty from over halfway to make the score 18-16 but then Jersey got through at the end to score the final try of the game and winning 25-16 in what was a much better performance by the Highlanders and one that could have been a great scalp! The Jersey people was fantastic in their hospitality and the players had a great night out!
The Highlanders will face their biggest game of the season as the Richmond Vikings are hosting the Shield 1 game, which is a double fixture with double points on offer, however the reality is that the Richmond 2nd team is by far the strongest team in the Shield and have swept every team in front of them and have beaten the Highlanders well in the past!  The team is under no illusions and we are hoping to put some good rugby together throughout the whole game and be as competitive as we can.
After this game the Highlanders will have two games left against Old Elthamians away and Barnes at home.
The Claymores team is away today against Old Reigatians and will be hosting Twickenham next Saturday in their final game of the season!
While the Extra Bs is playing in the MMT Bowl semi-final against Pinner away today! If they advance then they will be the only senior team left within a chance of silverware this season!
The club will again field two teams in the Middlesex Club 7s on the 1st of May. One team will be in the social competition and another will be in higher competition on the day! This will be the end of the rugby activity for this season and we look forward to start recruiting for the 2016/17 season.
To all the players that gave up their Saturdays and made the teams work this season a big thanks! To the team managements and the coaches many thanks for all your efforts! Now let’s continue to build on it next season.
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