Wandies Find Top Form
A week after a disappointing defeat to rivals Royal High, Murrayfield Wanderers put in one of their best performances this season in a 14 try victory against Watsonians. A sunny day and a dry pitch made for a fast-flowing game of rugby which pleased Wandies coaches Murciano and Christie as well as the spectators at Meggetland, where the game was played. A week after a disappointing defeat to rivals Royal High, Murrayfield Wanderers put in one of their best performances this season in a 14 try victory against Watsonians. A sunny day and a dry pitch made for a fast-flowing game of rugby which pleased Wandies coaches Murciano and Christie as well as the spectators at Meggetland, where the game was played. The visiting pack set the tone with great work in the set-piece and at the breakdown, particuarly in the first half. Player-of-the-match Amy Pocket rocket Rennie showed her speed and strength with a number of great runs, and Canadian tourist Robyn was unlucky not to score a try in her last game for Wandies after running over 40 metres from an opposition kick off. Pack leader Ellen Beattie also put in a fine performance, with no sign of Ellen Eyebrows. The forwards performance was particularly impressive considering that they were missing front 5 International players Dickens and the Wheel of Misfortune. Lana bom chicka wah wah Blyth was also nursing a shoulder injury but she still managed some storming runs and big hits before she came off in the second half. An even more encouraging sign was the part played by former mini-Wandies and under 18 players Shorty, Shona and Heather, who all tackled well and worked hard and have proved themselves more than able to compete for starting jerseys amongst more established players, with Shorty bagging her first points for Wandies with two tries. A Senior Wandies debut for Sarah Quick showed the Mini-Wandies academy has produced yet another talented player, with these four set to play a large part in the future of the club. Wanderers tries came mainly from the backs, although this owed a lot to the great platform the forwards provided for scrum-half Gilly and fly-half Shorty to play off. Tangerine Steve played well at inside centre, testing the sizeable Watsonians midfield with her strong running, and breaking several tackles to power over for a try in the first half. Her centre partnership with Rhona Shephead created space for the back 3 of Harleybucks, Lucy Zulfi Millard and Tracy, and as the game went on, the backs looked more and more confident. Scorers in the try-fest included Zulfi (6), Shorty (2), Harley (2), Laura (2), Ruthie and Gilly. 9 conversions (6 Harley, 3 Shank) The visitors also defended well and shut down the Watsons attacking threats in the midfield, with particular credit going to Tracy who stopped Smonians powerhouse centre Joyce in her tracks during a charge down the wing. At end of the first half the home side enjoyed a period of pressure inside Wandies 22, however a number of brave tackles from the Wandies pack stopped them from crossing the line. There was a blip in the defence to allow Watsonians captain Alex Pratt to swerve past several defenders to score in the second half, but by this point the game was out of reach. The last 20 minutes saw one of the loudest cheers of the day (The other being when Robyn charged up the touchline and almost scored) as Claire the Tank Cruikshank made her comeback following a knee reconstruction. Her first touch of the ball showed a neat show and go through the home defence, with a last gasp tackle from behind denying a try. Shank also took over kicking duties from Harley, who was replaced by Jenni Miller, recovering from a midweek training injury, playing very well out of position on the wing. Some silky backs moves at the close of the game made for an enjoyable finish to a hard weekends work, particularly as members of both teams had attended Scotland squad fitness testing the day before. A well-earned few beers replaced the usual after-match lattes as Robyn celebrated her last game before continuing on her travels Final Score 5-88 Results elsewhere saw a closely contested 14-14 scoreline between Hillhead Jordanhill and Royal High Corstorphine, with the Weegies taking their chances and holding the league leaders to a draw, setting up for another exciting re-match of the two teams next week in Glasgow.