Senior Sport - Week of 4th September

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It was a busy week of sport for the senior school, as a number of fixtures got underway to officially start the season.

Hockey

1st XI v Michael Ham School, Argentine (H) 3-0
We were completely unsure of the level this team would play at, however managed to play most of the game at our own level. Once we were used to the style they played in, we managed to stay composed and use the full width of the pitch, which made our attacking much stronger. Rosie U was great at controlling the centre of the pitch and distributing the ball accurately. Our shorts corners are strong for the beginning of the season and therefore looking promising. Our attacking is getting better as we manage to link more as a team, in this match we managed to convert one great strike from the top of the D by Iona H, however we are still practicing this in training. The defence, despite being a new mix of players, managed to keep possession well with strong accurate passes. After the match, we enjoyed a match tea and chatting with the Argentinian team. The MVP was Cara M.

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Rugby

1st XV v Robert Gordon’s College (H) 43-10
To start off the season this well and hit the floor running is a huge positive. The first half of rugby played on Saturday was the best that I have ever played in so far. Support for the man with the ball was exceptional and we really connected as a team for our first match. We managed to out-do the opposition team, which is well known for being very aggressive in physicality, ability to find the space, and in defensive play. Geordie P was impactful with his pace on the ball as a winger, which led to many tries, and Archie M was there to enforce impressive hits and tackles. In the second half points were not scored as highly due to the drop in discipline and penalties were exceeded however, the boys played very well overall and should be confident to proceed into the next match. The MVP was George W for his three tries.

2nd XV v Michael Ham School, Argentina (H) 12-32
The 2nd XV were looking to start the season well, following an amazing tour to South Africa. However, we faced a very different style of rugby from that in South Africa and despite a strong defensive effort; we conceded a few cheap tries in the first half. Despite this we showed character and scored a well worked try towards the end of the first half. Our fitness was tested against some quick runners and the game gradually got away from us. Despite the loss, it was still a solid performance but plenty to build upon this season. Special mentions go to David S (MVP), Sean K and Archie G for outstanding performances.

2nd XV v Robert Gordon’s College (H) 63-10
The whole team played hugely well and maintained a high work rate throughout the game. However, Hector B and Ralph W worked particularly well at opening up the defence, allowing Archie G to gallop through. Chris F, joined the team this year and has made a great start with numerous line breaks and an excellent try. The tries came thick and fast with all nine tries being converted by Alec G. Again, an excellent match from the entire team. The MVP was Alec G.

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Senior Colts A XV v Robert Gordon’s College (H) 78-12
After a good start, we scored three tries within the first ten minutes, with a further 4 coming later on in the half. Tries came from Harry C, Guy M, Fiyin O and Zak R. In the second half, we did not start as quickly as we would have hoped, with Robert Gordon’s finding their feet. They soon passed the ball out wide and scored, but with a pass out wide to Jacob B, we soon replied. Many phases later Robert Gordon’s crashed over the line from a pick and go, to score. After an illegal tackle from Robert Gordon’s, we kicked for touch and crashed over the line from a pick and go and scored. The MVP’s were Conor R and Finlay D.

Colts A XV v Robert Gordon’s College (A) 55-12
The match stated well with the forwards winning rucks and turning over the ball. After a push from the Robert Gordon’s side the ball was intercepted by Olly P which resulted in a try. The forwards did a great job of carrying the ball in and rucking and turning the ball over. The backs did a great job of distributing and moving the ball around the pitch. Nearing the end of the first half Robert Gordon’s pushed on our five, resulting in them scoring. The second half started off well with Temi A using his evasive skills well, which resulted in a try. More tries were scored thanks to good hands. Things we can improve on are; supporting players and getting to rucks faster. The MVP was Charlie P.

Colts B XV v Robert Gordon’s College (A) 5-45
We got off to a poor start, and conceded a try in the first few minutes of the game. Our defence was weak, and disorganised, so that led to more tries for Robert Gordon’s. We had a few try opportunities in attack as Joe and Mykola broke through a couple of times, but there was no joy in the first half. It was our kick off in the second half and we immediately got the ball back with a strong counter ruck. Mykola got the ball from the ruck and stormed the confused Robert Gordon’s defence to score an incredible solo try. Our rugby improved vastly in the second half with great attacking and defensive play. In the end though, we were well beaten, and we have lots to work on. Special mentions go to Christian and Joe for their excellent defending. The MVP was Joe D.

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Junior Colts A XV v Robert Gordon’s College (A) 56-14
We began well by scoring two consecutive tries from restarts from Nathan E and Harry M, the first of his three, through good moves from the backs. This continued throughout the game and Harry kicked 8/8 including one on the touchline. Robert Gordon’s were especially quick to the rucks but the Fettes forwards carried the ball very well, especially Sholto F and Adam S. The whole team was solid defensively throughout, with Lochlann N being the stand out in defence. The MVP’s were Harry M and Lochlann N.

Junior Colts B XV v Robert Gordon’s College (A) 12-14
The final score of the first Junior Colts B match was 12-14 to Robert Gordon’s. Players who deserve notable mention for their performance are Max, Heeroki, and Archie. There are though a few things that the team still need to work on, as they didn’t pass the ball enough and didn’t tackle when they had the chance. The positives to take away from the match were that the team had very strong form when they were passing the ball.

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