This was always going to be a tough hard game against a Dunbar side pushing for top spot in the league. A Penicuik squad of 22 at 9am on Saturday soon whittled down to just 17 by the KO following a series of call off’s. The bench resulting in a half fit Crawford and a 44yr old MacTaggart who hadn’t trained all season.
Playing down the hill, Penicuik opened the scoring with a Haynes Penalty with Dunbar quickly responding.
On 20 minutes a kick through into the Dunbar 22 was fumbled by the winger and full back handing Penicuik a scrum on the 5m line. Haynes took the ball down the blind side and fed winger Doyle who stepped inside for the line only for the Dunbar winger to illegally take Doyle down by the throat resulting in a yellow card. Max opted for the scrum and this paid off when the backs found space out wide for Ketchen to continue his seasons try count.
Haynes continued to use the backs well to move the Dunbar defence. On 30mins from a ruck in the middle of the half way line, Haynes hit Ketchen on the 5m line, who beat the covering defenders and stormed over for his and Penicuik’s 2nd of the afternoon.
Penicuik slotted another couple Penalties before half time, and with the final move of the half Ketchen again found himself in space on the left wing, the covering defence attacked in numbers but Ketchen chipped the ball towards the posts to repay the favour to Haynes to slid over for the 3rd try.
During the half time break, Penicuik had to withdraw centre Liddle, as there were no back replacements a complete reshuffle took place with Holgate moving to the wing. This proved a spark to Dunbar who quickly capitalized on an unfamiliar Penicuik defence and scored 2 quick tries in the 2nd half.
Penicuik however dug deep and kept attacking the Dunbar 22. The game turned sour however on 50mins, with Penicuik trying to slow the game to manage their squad and replacements following a series of injuries, the Dunbar hooker lashed out with a headbutt to Gavin Holmes, knocking him to the ground. The referee, who was blind to the event, asked the Dunbar coaches to remove the hooker rather than card him. As the game was being filmed by Dunbar on their Veo camera, no doubt they will happily make the footage available.
Dunbar got a 3rd try following a kick into the Penicuik deadball zone which was fumbled by the covering defender allowing Dunbar to easily touch down.
With only 16 players able to play, Penicuik had to send back on one of their injured forwards on 70mins following a vicious punch by the Dunbar back row on replacement hooker MacTaggart, resulting in yet another Nose reconstruction for the retired player.
The final 10mins seen Penicuik pinned in their own half, with a series of kicks being defended by Dunbar. With the game now in overtime, Doyle found himself in space on the right wing 40m out, beating the winger he only had to full back to beat and stepped inside to cross over the 4th and bonus point try for Penicuik.
Given the squad circumstances at kick off, this was a great bonus point win for Penicuik against a strong Dunbar side, who benefited from a full squad.
This weekend Penicuik welcome Duns to Montgomery Park, with no 2xv game and several 1xv injuries Head Coach Blair is able to select a good side.
Haynes is given a rest with Harris starting at 12, Moappe Cockinasiga comes on to the bench to make his first 1xv start and we welcome back Nic Adler following a 12 month period away from rugby. Supporters however are surprised there is no place for MacTaggart on the bench following his storming 20min cameo against Dunbar, especially given his son, Brodie, is mascot for the day.
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Edinburgh Accies 3xv 43
This was a great game of rugby played in good spirits, Accies only had 12 players so Penicuik offered spare numbers to allow a game to be played.
The scoreline doesn’t matter here, all the counts is a great game of rugby was played and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie as highlighted by the photo below.
No game for the 2’s this weekend, next venture out is 4th November home to Linlithgow (2pm ko)
Rugby World Cup 2023
This weekend its all about the Finals
🏉🍻 Join us for a Rugby World Cup Final Weekend at Penicuik Rugby Clubhouse! 🍻🏉
🔥 Friday, 8 PM: Argentina vs England in the Bronze Final
🔥 Saturday, 8 PM: New Zealand vs South Africa
🎉 Experience the thrill of the game on our big screens!
🍺 Grab a cold one and cheer for your favorite team with fellow rugby enthusiasts!
🍔 Delicious snacks and great company – the perfect rugby night out!
🎁 Exciting giveaways and prizes throughout the weekend!
📍 Location: Penicuik Rugby Clubhouse
📅 Dates: Friday and Saturday
🕗 Time: 8 PM onwards
Don’t miss the electrifying atmosphere and intense rugby action!
See you at the clubhouse! 🏆
200 Club winners – September 2023
The winners of the 200 Club Draw for September are:
W.Burns (No. 18 – £88.75)
G.Pettie (No. 34 – £35.50)
J.Martin (No. 66 – £17.75)
Entry to the Draw costs just £5 per number per month. The more who participate, the bigger the prizes and the greater the amount raised to help fund some of the club’s activities. If you would like to take part, please speak to Andrew Mitchell or Andy Law or email email@example.com
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