Message from Rugby Club President

Greetings friends, family, sponsors and supporters!

Years of planning and hard work paid off handsomely on Saturday when the Stewart’s Melville RFC 1st XV gained promotion to Tennent’s National League Division 1, the top tier of fully amateur club rugby in Scotland.

Unfortunately time pressures mean I cannot wax lyrical about the subject this week but I aim to provide a more thorough overview next week. Suffice to say that I am a delighted and extremely proud President right now!

Results

The match report from the promotion winning game can be found here. Thank you Kevin Murchie!

Fixtures

Final game of the season this weekend. As the posts are down at Invers the game will be at Royal High School. The plan is to head back to Invers around 18:15. We are putting on a coach but there will be limited space so if you can grab a lift please do so.

Stew Mel 1st XV v Kirkcaldy – at Royal High School, Barnton – 3pm.

Social

Last call for tickets to the Awards Ball – help us celebrate our promotion and book your seat for a great night out now!  – details can be found.here

Hope to see you Saturday!

Simon Breeze

President, Stewart’s Melville RFC

Rugby – Promotion prospects receive a boost with weekend results

Saturday 27th March 2022 – Stewart’s Melville RFC 33 Gordonians 10

Having achieved a relatively stress free win and five league points at Inverleith on Saturday the club received an important and hardly hoped for boost to its National League 2 promotion prospects when news came through that promotion rivals Dumfries had lost their match with their local rivals Newton Stewart by 27 – 20 thereby picking only one league point for a narrow defeat.

That leaves Dumfries on 68 league points to our 67 but with them having played a game more and only two to play against league leaders GHK on Saturday and Kirkcaldy on 9th April. Our three remaining matches are against Hamilton on Saturday (away), Glasgow Accies (9th April) and Kirkcaldy (16th April). Saturday’s match will be hard for both promotion contenders.

Rugby – Dumfries hang on to win vital promotion match

Late attempt to score falls short

12th March 2022 Stewart’s Melville RFC 21 Dumfries 27

This match finished in a disappointing defeat for the 1st XV in their bid for promotion from National League 2. The final plays of the match took place underneath the Dumfries posts but we were unable to breach their line and score the points needed to win this vital match. Things had gone well to start with with Stew Mel gaining an early advantage and a 10 point lead early in the match. Thereafter Dumfries gained a foothold in the match assisted by some untidy Stew Mel play giving up too many penalties and losing line outs but with a penalty we still led 13-12 at half-time and added another after to lead 16-12. Thereafter Dumfries pulled ahead with three tries to lead 27-16 despite having a player yellow carded during that period. A late try took us back within one score but despite threatening their line we were unable to get over for the opportunity to take the winning points.

Following this match we are on 63 points from 18 games with four to play (Gordonians, Hamilton, Glasgow Accies and Kirkcaldy). Dumfries have played 19 with three to play (Newton Stewart, leaders GHK and Kirkcaldy) and have 68 points so there is still a chance of catching them given our much superior points differential (64). A four try win gets you five points so every game hereon counts.

Rugby – Saturday 29th January

Defeat at leaders GHK.

The 1st XV took on league leaders GHK in Glasgow going down by 17 points to 33 points. Despite the defeat the club remain well placed in the chase for the second promotion place with 57 points from 16 games one point behind Dumfries on 58 (from a win on Friday 4th February) but with us having played a game less. Preston Lodge are in fourth place on 51 points. We have six games left to play with a crucial game against Dumfries coming up at Inverleith on Saturday 19th February (3pm) being the break week in the Six Nations Championship. Hopefully a large support will turn out to support the club on that day.

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.