Weekend Sport – Sat/Sun 1/2 Dec. Rugby. 1st XV v Biggar. Golf – Grant Forrest’s 7th place in Mauritius

Rugby:  Stewart’s Melville RFC    0     Biggar RFC    31

A clubhouse lunch for 120 former players and guests preceded Saturday’s match against NL2 league leaders Biggar and was thoroughly enjoyed by all with a prize raffle and heads and tails quiz included.

Things did not go quite to plan out on the field thereafter with Biggar opening the scoring with a converted try after only five minutes.   Stew Mel had a spell of territorial advantage and a fair share of possession thereafter without breaching Biggar’s strong defence before another converted try put Biggar 14-0 ahead at half-time  Five minutes after the break  Stew Mel extended the day’s hospitality to our visitors with an unfortunate gifted try, 19-0 down and  things looking as bleak as the weather.  Two more Biggar tries followed, the first being converted to take the score to 31-0.    Further Stew Mel pressure failed to produce any points leaving Biggar in a good place at the top of the league on 59 points, four ahead of Highland on 55 with Stew Mel still in third place but 11 points behind Highland on 44 after thirteen rounds of fixtures.   Next week’s match is away to Glasgow Accies at New Anniesland (kick-off 2pm).

Golf:    Good weekend on the European Tour for Grant Forrest

Grant Forrest in his second tournament as a full member of the European Tour had weekend rounds of 65 and 68 to finish in a tie for seventh place in the Mauritius Open with a 14 under par total of 274 after opening rounds of 70 and 71 saw him into the weekend with just one shot to spare.    Although he never threatened the winning score of 268 he picked up sufficient ranking points (and cash!) to take him into 15th place in the 2018-19 “Race to Dubai” points table.    This week he is in Johannesburg for the South African Open.   Former Open Champions Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen and former US Masters Champion Trevor Immelman as well as the 2018 Scottish Open Champion Brandon Stone are in the field.