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1st XV - Match centre

Leith Rugby Club
Dalkeith
K Dannfald, L McKinney, D Watters
Full time
B Wilkinson (2), K Dannfald
K Dannfald
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - East Region - East 2a

Leith go down to Dalkeith in last home game

Despite the sunshine on Leith, home team still seek win in 2nd half of the season.

It was a sweltering day at Academy Park as Leith welcomed Dalkeith, as East League 2a continues to rumble on at the end of March. Leith were dogged by some regulars being away via injury, work or unavailability, which goes some way to explaining one of the unique sights in Scottish club rugby as stand in 9 Craig Winton was also marked down as a reserve prop! Notwithstanding any selection issues, the 20 boys in Leith jerseys were confident of giving the larger Dalkeith team a good game.

Leith received the kick off with the sun at their backs and were immediately put under some pressure after a fumble in midfield gave Dalkeith a decent attacking platform. The Kings Park team were able to keep the ball for a while as Leith struggled to get any continuity. Eventually Leith infringed in 22m and gave Dalkeith the easy chance of points which was taken. Things went from bad to worse for Leith as soon after they found them self 0-10 down as the travelling team used the ball quickly and dotted down. Leith did start to get more into the game but constant infringing meant that Dalkeith were handed easy field positions and from 10 metres out their large pack were able to rumble over for a 17 point cushion.

It was certainly not the start that Leith would have wanted but they were determined not to go out without a whimper. Leith enjoyed a period of pressure and after some hard yards by Stuart Wilson, Ollie Main and Luke McKinney the home team managed to work their way into a good field position and were managing to hold onto the ball. The work rate in attack and defence was beginning to take its toll as the phases built up and Doug Watters slipped the ball to Kenny Dannfald who managed to slip past the first line of defence before stepping the full back to score under the posts, Ben Wilkinson converted. Leith were getting themselves back into the game before being dealt a blow as Luke McKinney was sent to the bin for an unfortunate tip tackle. Despite the temporary numerical disadvantage it was Leith who clawed themselves further back into the game as Dannfald added a penalty from around 30 metres out. Leith did exert pressure and should have came away with more points after being camped in the Dalkeith 22m area with several 10m line outs, however after a few errors the ref blew for half time.

The home team knew that the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half would be crucial to the result in the match and if the home team could score first, they would be more than in it. However that was not to be the case and Leith suffered the exact start they wished to avoid as Dalkeith added a quick double of tries to pull away at 10-32. Once again Leith left themselves with a mountain to climb but knew they could get some success in the game with Mike McLeish, Andy MacIntosh and Andy Homer carrying strongly and behind them Winton, Wilkinson and Watters orchestrated matters. It was indeed Watters who was architect to the next Leith try as he drew his man to the out side and number 8 McKinney went through the inside gap. the Ulsterman still had work to do but brute strength and size saw him bundle his way over the line. Leith were again having the lions share of possession and were to get the all important next try as Dannfald released the industrious Joel Doherty down the left wing, Joel was snagged just before the line but was able to pop off to the onrushing Watters who dotted the ball down. Wilkinson once again converted and Leith were within 8 points of Dalkeith and looking dangerous.

However as with too often this season Leith switched off to the Dalkeith threat and they scored with a handful of minutes left on the clock. Leith did almost break through after a Doherty break saw Watters putting McLeish through a hole but as the ball came wide to Dannfald and Wilkinson the ball was lost and the game was ended.

Overall it was disappointing to lose out once again. Lapses in concentration are gifting the other teams 2 or 3 soft tries and making the task all the more difficult. There is not doubt the skills are there and the work continues as we build for next year. Last game of the season is against Trinity where Leith will be looking to end the top 6 hoodoo.

Tries - Kenny Dannfald, Luke McKinney, Doug Watters
Convs - Ben Wilkinson (2), Kenny Dannfald
Penalty - Kenny Dannfald

Serrano Manchego MOTM - Craig Winton

Craig Winton

Player of the Match

Craig Winton

Key moments

20:00
Try Kenny Dannfald scores for Leith Rugby Club
20:00
Conversion Ben Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Leith Rugby Club
27:00
Penalty Kenny Dannfald kicks a penalty for Leith Rugby Club
60:00
Try Luke McKinney scores for Leith Rugby Club
60:00
Conversion Kenny Dannfald kicks a conversion for Leith Rugby Club
66:00
Try Doug Watters scores for Leith Rugby Club
66:00
Conversion Ben Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Leith Rugby Club

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Craig Winton is awarded player of the match for Leith Rugby Club
66:00 Try 22 - 0
Doug Watters scores for Leith Rugby Club
66:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Ben Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Leith Rugby Club
66:00 Try Assist
Joel Doherty makes an assist for Leith Rugby Club
60:00 Try Assist
Doug Watters makes an assist for Leith Rugby Club
60:00 Try 15 - 0
Luke McKinney scores for Leith Rugby Club
60:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Kenny Dannfald kicks a conversion for Leith Rugby Club
40:00 Sub On
Willie Cook is substituted on for Leith Rugby Club
40:00 Sub On
Andrew Dickson is substituted on for Leith Rugby Club
40:00 Sub On
George Easdon is substituted on for Leith Rugby Club
40:00 Sub On
Javier Hervas Morillo is substituted on for Leith Rugby Club
40:00 Sub On
Marcos Teixeira is substituted on for Leith Rugby Club
End of period 1
27:00 Penalty 10 - 0
Kenny Dannfald kicks a penalty for Leith Rugby Club
25:00 Yellow Card
Luke McKinney is yellow carded for Leith Rugby Club
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Kenny Dannfald scores for Leith Rugby Club
20:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Ben Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Leith Rugby Club
20:00 Try Assist
Doug Watters makes an assist for Leith Rugby Club
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Leith Rugby Club
  • Dalkeith
  • 0
  • Kenny Dannfald Try 20:00'
  • Doug Watters Try Assist 20:00'
  • Ben Wilkinson Conversion 20:00'
  • Luke McKinney Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Kenny Dannfald Penalty 27:00'
  • Javier Hervas Morillo Sub On 40:00'
  • Marcos Teixeira Sub On 40:00'
  • Willie Cook Sub On 40:00'
  • George Easdon Sub On 40:00'
  • Andrew Dickson Sub On 40:00'
  • Luke McKinney Try 60:00'
  • Doug Watters Try Assist 60:00'
  • Kenny Dannfald Conversion 60:00'
  • Doug Watters Try 66:00'
  • Joel Doherty Try Assist 66:00'
  • Ben Wilkinson Conversion 66:00'

Team selection

Dannfald, Kenny Dannfald, Kenny
Derrin, Jon Derrin, Jon
Watters, Doug Watters, Doug
Homer, Andy Homer, Andy
Doherty, Joel Doherty, Joel
Wilkinson, Ben Wilkinson, Ben
Winton, Craig Winton, Craig
McKinney, Luke McKinney, Luke
Main, Ollie Main, Ollie
Haggon, Paul Haggon, Paul
MacIntosh, Andy MacIntosh, Andy
McLeish, Mike McLeish, Mike
Connelly, Bruce Connelly, Bruce
Lawrie, Tom Lawrie, Tom
Wilson, Stuart Wilson, Stuart

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Broughton RFC 5 87
2. Portobello FP 5 75
3. Trinity Academicals RFC 5 59
4. Dalkeith 5 56
5. Hawick Linden RFC 5 52
6. Leith Rugby Club 5 36

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