Rugby Update – Sat 22 January 2022

Stewart’s Melville RFC 31 Newton Stewart 14

At 8-0 down after half an hour this looked like being another difficult day for the watching spectators after last week’s disappointing performance at PL in the club’s attempt to secure one of the two promotion spots in Scotland’s National League 2. But things picked thereafter and a first converted try came five minutes before half time followed by a second also converted just on the break so that a 14-8 scoreline seemed a just reward.

In the second half Stew Mel maintained the upper hand pretty much throughout though giving up penalties allowed the visitors back in at 11-14 and 14-17 before another two home tries both converted saw a comfortable outcome at 31-14 and five more points towards the promotion aim.

We move onto 57 points from 15 matches with promotion rivals GHK, Preston Lodge and Dumfries who all won on 63 points, 51 points and 48 points also from 15 matches. Next Saturday it is 1st v 2nd as we take on GHK at Old Anniesland (2pm).

Rugby Update – Saturday 15th January

Preston Lodge 20 Stewart’s Melville RFC 14

The 1st XV didn’t quite shake off the lethargy of the Christmas break on Saturday’s return to league rugby against Preston Lodge at Pennypit Park. An early try and conversion got our promotion push back on the road before PL hit back with a penalty kick and a converted try of their own (10-7 to the oppo). Just before half-time we regained the lead when PL handed us their own type of Christmas gift for an interception try and a 14-10 half-time lead. In a second half of stop start rugby on a very heavy playing surface PL got themselves another converted try for a 17-14 lead before Stew Mel lifted their game and thought they touched down for a try close to the posts to resume the lead. The referee thought otherwise and as both sides fought for the win it was secured by PL with a late penalty conversion (20-14). A rather disappointing display and outcome for the club but they hold onto second place in the league with a home game against Newton Stewart to come on Saturday (2pm).

Rugby – Sat 4th December – 1st XV win at Whitecraigs

Whitecraigs 5 Stewart’s Melville RFC 36

The club’s 1st XV won their fifth successive match in National League 2 away to Whitecraigs in Glasgow by a 36-5 margin on Saturday to consolidate their second place in the league table while some of the promotion rivals suffered unexpected reverses.

The win gives the club 47 points from 12 matches only one point behind league leaders GHK who surprisingly lost by 30-5 away to Gordonians. Preston Lodge are now best of the rest in third place on 37 points also from 12 games. The pre Christmas programme of matches concludes on Saturday with a home match at Inverleith (2pm) v sixth placed Peebles who have a 6-5 winning record from 11 matches.

Rugby Sat 28th November – 4th successive win for 1st XV

Glasgow Academicals 28 Stewart’s Melville RFC 31

Eleven games played, the half way point in this season’s league and a fourth successive win with a four try bonus point on top leaves the club well placed in second place in the National League 2 promotion race on 42 points, six behind leaders GHK and eight points ahead of third placed Dumfries.

This Saturday, 4th December, the team return to Glasgow to play bottom side Whitecraigs with the last game before Christmas on Saturday 11th December v Peebles (2pm).

Rugby Results and Fixtures for 2021-22

Big win for 1st XV v Falkirk

A 43-10 win for the rugby club’s 1st XV on Saturday keeps alive their hopes for an end of season promotion place while rivals Peebles lost to Glasgow Academicals and Dumfries lost to to league leaders GHK in a Friday night match.

The team’s recent run of three successive wins takes them up into second place on 37 points, two behind leaders GHK who have 39 points from one less game played and three points ahead of Dumfries who also have played one game less.

Rugby – Three FPs capped v Tonga in first Autumn International

Jamie Hodgson, George Turner and Ross Thompson

The Stewart’s Melville school and club community was delighted to see three Former Pupils take the field in Scotland’s 1st Autumn International v Tonga on Saturday 30th October. Jamie Hodgson winning his first cap and George Turner winning his 18th cap started the match and Ross Thompson came on at stand-off as a 60th minute replacement. George scored a try in the 60-14 win and Ross put over two conversions to get on the scoresheet. All three would have been well pleased with their contributions to Scotland’s win and we look forward to seeing the trio winning many more caps. In Pro rugby George and Ross are regular starters for Glasgow Warriors and Jamie for Edinburgh Rugby.

Rugby Club Latest – Disappointment at Dumfries for 1st XV

Saturday 16th October – Result : Dumfries 27 Stewart’s Melville 16

The 1st XV without some key players due to injury came out second best in this weekend’s match at Dumfries a result which leaves them in fifth place with 22 points from a 4 -3 record. GHK who we defeated last week and Dumfries share top spot with 29 points both from 6 -1 records. Newton Stewart and Peebles both have 23 points. Next up we play Falkirk at Inverleith, 3pm start on Saturday 23rd October.

Intimation – Keith Macdonald (1933-2021)

The club is saddened to hear of the death of Scottish Rugby internationalist and former pupil of Daniel Stewart’s College Keith Macdonald (DSC 1951) at the age of 88 on 20 September 2021.

At school he played for both the cricket 1st XI and the rugby 1st XV in 1949/50 and 1950/51 and became the first pupil from DSC selected for the then annual rugby schools match v England in 1951 which unfortunately was cancelled due to adverse weather. Another future Scottish internationalist, Gregor Sharp, played in the same 1950-51 1st XV.

Known within rugby for being a hard tackling centre he won six caps for Scotland making his debut in the home 12-0 victory against France in January 1956. He played in the subsequent international games that season against Wales and Ireland but was forced to withdraw from the Calcutta Cup on the eve of the game through injury He had won his selection by progressing from the school inter-city in 1949 and 1950, the RAF against the Army in 1952, five Scotland trials and district rugby with Edinburgh.

The following season 1956-57 he only returned to club rugby in January 1957 but made such an impact that he was back in the international team for the 9-6 victory against Wales at Murrayfield one month later and retained his place in the losses to Ireland and England. He was further honoured by being selected for the Barbarians’ Midlands Tour sandwiched between his final two Tests, one of five Scots who played in a 24-14 victory over East Midlands at the end of February 1957. In 1958/59 he was selected to partner club colleague Grant Weatherstone against England but had to withdraw from the team on the morning of the match.

As a centre his play was characterised by strong running with a powerful hand-off and, in defence, by his tackling; the latter quality being put to good effect by Scotland at a time when their attacking capabilities were seldom to the fore. The “Daniels” publication of 1973 records that he would have surely won many more representative honours but for recurrent injury problems. After retiring from the playing side he served on the committee of the Stewart’s FP rugby club for several years taking his turn watching the lower fifteens as well as the 1st XV.

The club extends its sincere condolences to all Keith’s family and friends.

Rugby – Four FPs selected for Scotland’s Summer Test Squad

Their selection for Scotland’s 37 man squad (absent British Lions) prior to full cap matches v Romania and Georgia and another match with the England A squad signals to former Stew Mel pupils second row Jamie Hodgson, full-back/winger Jack Blain and stand-off Ross Thompson that their pro careers are heading in the right direction. Our fourth Stew Mel representative hooker George Turner with 17 full caps already and a having played a starring role in a Twickenham win is in a slightly different place being one of the more experienced selections. Congratulations to all four – the club members will be taking a keen interest in their participation.

More on the tour on the Scottish Rugby website