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UDDINGSTON 31 v ANNAN U15 XV 22
17TH FEBRUARY 2013
Annan made the relatively short trip up the M74 on Sunday for only their fourth game of the season, and with the disappointment of last weeks performance firmly at the front of the mind Annan/Langholm u15 players were looking for an improvement to build on for the remaining four games of the season (that’s all the SRU will permit the clubs to plan for as the League must finish at the end of March)
After passing the Tunnocks Caramel Factory the bus arriving at Castle Avenue in bright sunshine with a well presented pitch waiting the scene was set for a fine afternoon of rugby.
Annan/Langholm received the kick driving well before being adjudged to have infringed and from the resultant penalty the visitors were pushed back deep into their own 22 before the number 8 crashed over in the corner (unconverted)
From the restart Annan/Langholm pushed well chasing the well placed kick and regained possession for D. Little to power over in the corner (unconverted).
With the scores tied and only 10minutes gone the game was well set for a good contest until Annan/Langholm were reduced to 14 players when Nathan Smith was inexplicably sin binned! This was the turning point in the game as no matter what the visitors attempted they were found guilty of infringement after infringement which kept them pinned in their red zone with the home team crossing the white wash and converting. The short lived introduction of Fergus who picked the ball up on the halfway line and forced his way past some poor tackling to score under the posts (converted) taking the score to 12 all. Wallace then slotted a rare penalty to take the halftime score to 12-15 to the visitors.
The second half started well for the visitors with a third try (converted) taking the score to 12-22. This was to be the last good point of the afternoon with every following attack and defence movement ending with Annan/Langholm getting penalised! This kept the visitors pinned in the red zone again and it was only a matter of time before the line was crossed and crossed again. To their credit Annan/ Langholm kept on trying until the final whistle with all 15 player finishing on the pitch (despite conceding 30+ penalties no further cards were shown).
No game this week due to the internationals but the following week we return to league action with a long awaited home game.
Team :- W.Gordon, W.Sommer, Nathan.Smith, J.Ewart, L.Ewart, Nail.Smith,D.Little, J.Pagan, L.Johnstone, C.Wallace, R.McCall, L.Dunion, M.Argo, B.Catermole, S.Henderson, R.Easton, D.Ferguson, B.Davidson, M.Townson.
LANGHOLM 24 v ANNAN U15/U16 XV 26
13TH JANUARY 2013
Annan U15 game at Cumnock was called off late on Saturday due to weather conditions and following some last minute organisation a combination of U16 + U15 travelled the short distance to Langholm to find the snow doing its best to put this game off also .
Langholm kicked off direct to Hetherington who signalled the Annan intent to run everything with a powerful surge taking him past half way where the rest of the forwards continued to pick and go resulting in the First Annan try within a minute when Hetherington finished the move he started by driving over from 2 meters out – Converted .
From the restart Dunion fielded the kick and again Annan surged forward with some fine quick phase play to put the home team on the back foot before Annan crossed the whitewash for the second time – again converted .
Langholm responded with some strong running in centre field making ground only to be stopped by some good defensive cover by N.Smith , who relieved the Langholm winger of the ball only for Annan to knock on – during this period of advantage Annan stopped playing permitting a good run by the Langholm prop to cross for their first points – converted
Annan then lost the services of the powerhouse that is Hetherington with a nasty gas to the head , this resulted in the scrums becoming unopposed robbing the large Annan forwards of a potent attacking weapon.
With Townson moving to the wing to give Davidson his first start at scrum half and the centre partnership of Backhouse and Stabler Annan backs were a very different look from the last time they played with only Dunion, Wallace & Jamieson playing in familiar roles , that said when the forwards released the ball the backs used it to good effect .
Following some lazy defending at a ruck Annan were awarded a penalty 5 meters out – Langholm were caught expecting a crash ball from the large Annan forwards but in fact the ball was swung from the Right wing to the left then back again for Eastman to gratefully dive over for the points (unconverted)
Annan kicked off the 2nd period and Langholm responded with some powerful rucking of their own keeping the ball for 6 phases of play before Annan managed to turn the ball over , but the rest bite was short lived and Langholm got a deserved Try – unconverted .
Annan forwards once again got the bit between the teeth and following some infringing at the ruck a quick tap saw Ferguson fed the ball on the half way line , proceed to outrun everyone to score to the right of the posts , converted – this was to be Annan’s last points of the day but it was enough as although Langholm again rallied scoring twice more but due to the superior kicking of the Annan 10 it was the visitors who secured the bragging rights for the next week when the teams once again join forces to continue the SRU league campaign with an away game to Dumfries .
Annan Team: Hetherington , Thomson, Ferguson, C.Smith , Eastman, N.Smith , Davidson , Wallace , Backhouse, Stabler, Dunion , Townson , Jamieson
CLYDEBANK 5 v ANNAN/LANGHOLM U15 XV 29
4TH NOVEMBER 2012
Annan made the trip to West Dumbartonshire with the heavy Dumfriesshire rain not having made it to Glasgow the pitches were playable (unlike both senior teams who fell foul to waterlogged pitches at Violetbank and Park Farm)
Due to late call offs the combined Annan Langholm team could only field 12 players and with memories of the last time an under strength Annan team traveled and took a pounding hopes were not high amongst the coaching team , but however the players had other thoughts.
With a full strength 22 at Clydebank Annan/Langholm took 3 players to make up the numbers , loosing the toss & receiving the kick the visitors dealt with the first skirmish well and when Easton took a short crash ball and made 10 meters before being halted , then having to receive treatment pitch side for a dislocated thumb, returning to the field some 2 minutes later (during which time Annan/Langholm had the ball over the try line only to be adjudged to have dropped the ball rather than touch down) to produce the start of a man of the match performance opening the scoring after powering over from inside the home teams 22. Wallace converted.
From the restart Annan/Langholm again dealt with the high ball well before setting up a quick ruck , then using the forwards to pick and drive – perhaps overusing this option if the writer were to be critical – for 3 or 4 phases of play before being being found guilty of sealing of the ball .
During the time Annan/Langholm had to defend stand out performances from Wallace, McCall & Henderson saw the ball repeatedly turned over or Clydebank penalized for holding on , from one of these penalties Henderson finished of a flowing backs move in the corner (again converted ).
The 2nd half continued in the same vain with some excellent tacking from Jamieson in the loose catching the eye and Little again always making ground whenever he had possession , standing tall to ensure the ball was always available to the ever present Backhouse to set up another attack . On his return after a spell at athletics Wagner also got in on the scoring (unconverted).
With the coaches asking for the ball to be given to the backs to ship the ball Annan/Langholm managed several passages of play that stretched the home team to the right then to the left before they finally infringed once to often & from 5 meters out Wallace added a try to his reliable kicking (although injured in the act of scoring & relinquished the kicking duties)
The restart saw Clydebank retain possession & for once Annan/Langholm were not secure under the high ball & knocked on , playing under this advantage the home team got a consolation try (unconverted). The final score was perhaps the most pleasing with every member of the back line involved before Backhouse touched down.
This was an all round entertaining game which saw the traveling team getting just reward for some fine flowing attacking rugby & powerful defense and enjoying the start of the league campaign with 2 bonus point wins
Team: Stabler, Easton, Ward, Jamieson , Davidson ,Little ,Townson, Wallace, McCall ,Wagner, Backhouse, Henderson.
Next Game November 18th 2pm at home to Hillhead Jordanhill
ANNAN/LANGHOLM U15 XV 31 v CUMBERNAULD 12
28TH OCTOBER 2012
Annan U15 started the West Division 2A league campaign after being joined by Langholm U15 players to have a full squad of 20 players. Meeting at Violetbank on a wet Sunday where the pitch had stood up well after a senior game (also against Cumbernauld) and a night of rain the officials decided that the game could go ahead.
Annan lost the toss and received the kick, taken well by Henderson who put the home team on the front foot, with some fine rucking and flowing backs move only stopped by an unfortunate knock on. With the tone of the game set – a free flowing well matched competitive game.
The scoring was opened when following a series of good rucks Cumbernauld powered onto the line to score (converted).
This was the spur the home team needed and directly from the kick off Annan closed down the ball, turning pressure into points with Pagan crashing over in the corner (converted) The next points sawMan of the match Pagan burst through making 40+ meters before being pulled into touch on the 5 meter line, from the ensuing line out a mix up between scrum half and line out jumper saw the ball loose over the try line & fittingly Pagan was on hand to score (converted). Last points of the first period were from the reliable boot of Wallace who slotted a penalty.
The second period started with the visitors on the front foot and they were rewarded with another try (unconverted) following some more good pick and drive play. This however was the last points Annan/Langholm would concede and with Leesing rounding off a good display with a try (converted). The final try was perhaps the best of the bunch with some good link play between forwards and backs finished off by Little (converted to give Wallace a 100% 5 out of 5)
With lots of positives to take from the first game it was good to see the lads finish a game with smiles on their faces and an enjoyable day for all those who were there.
Annan/Langholm Team: R.Smith, N.Henderson, C.Taylor, R.Easton, S.Henderson, M. Leesing , L. Jamieson J. Pagan, M.Townson, C.Wallace, Z.Backhouse, A.Ward, C.Lamont, L. Dunion, W. Gordon, B. Davidson, D. Little, G. Murray, L. Johnstone , D. Cordley.
ANNAN U12 TIGERS 1 v MOFFAT RAMS 14
30TH SEPTEMBER 2012
Annan RFC’s Violetbank was the venue for the tigers first home game of the season, with the rain holding off just about long enough to get the game played.
Both teams having 13 players available for the fixture opted to play 10 a side & 4 10 minute quarters.
Both teams started well & the opening exchanges gave the large group of parents and supporters a good example of mini rugby at its best with some fine individual running , but also the opportunity to pass the ball was taken .
Moffat showed the experience of having been together for a good while being more dominant when in attack & some more purposeful rucking , taking possession from a spirited Annan tigers team
Annan found it impossible to force Moffat back from the red zone and conceded at almost every attack – this however does not tell the full story of the game – Annan were almost as good in attack but lacked the killer instinct to finish the moves off or were caught without support in the ruck leading to turn over ball .
There were some memorable moments from both teams with the tackling of Anthony in his first game or Rugby standing out as a particularly impressive. Strong running again from Johnstone, Evasive running from Carmichael & Gracie and good solid performances from McCartney, Murray, Waugh & the Whiteside brothers
The Tigers can hold their heads high as this was a very good game of rugby , competed well by 2 well matched teams & with just a few more games Annan will start to see the dividends of playing together as a team
With the school holidays on us there will only be the Wednesday training sessions – nothing planned for the weekends.
Team: Beattie, Cameron , Carmichael, Gracie, Johnstone, McCartney, MacKay, McGlasson, Murray, Waugh. R.Whiteside, J.Whiteside, Anthony,
CARLISLE 7 v ANNAN U12 TIGERS 5
30TH SEPTEMBER 2012
Annan Traveled to Carlisle on Sunday with the rain lashing down preventing play at Violetbank to arrive in a sunny Carlisle . Changing at the Rugby club then walking round to Stoneyholme Golf club to play the match.
Annan fielded a mixture of brand new & less than 1 season experience team made up of Carmichael, Gracie, Graham, Johnstone, McCartney, MacKay, Murray, Waugh.
With the Sun disappearing behind an ominous cloud the game started and straight from the K.O. Waugh found space on the wing & opened the scoring. This spurred Carlisle into action & they also lifted the attacking game scoring twice before Annan took possession of the ball next.
Annan Tigers found it more difficult to make ground for the rest of the first period but through some determined running by Graham & Johnstone the tide started to turn but then against the run of play Tigers lost possession & Carlisle scored their third try.
From the restart MacKay fed Carmichael who found space and scampered clear for try-time!
At the end of the first period the Tigers were down by 2 but showing promising attacking venture & solid defense from Johnstone in particular saw the coaches asking for more movement of the ball before contact.
The second period saw only 1 try apiece but Gracie for the Tigers danced his way past each of the Carlisle squad (some of them TWICE) before adding the TD, towards the end of the second period the heavens opened and although it did not dampen the spirits of the players it did make a mark on the parents!
Annan drew closer in the third period with both Waugh & Carmichael adding further try’s and with McCartney& Murray showing up well in midfield the coaches have lots of positives to work on in the coming weeks .
Carlisle finished the stronger having the last say with the final try
This Sunday the Tigers travel to Moffat to face the Rams meet (Moffat) 11:00am
for 11:30KO (or 10:20 at Bank Street)
Team from Anderson, Carmichael, Gracie, Conghan, Graham, Johnstone, McCartney, MacKay, Murray, Waugh. Whiteside
DUMFRIES 12 v ANNAN U15 TIGERS 5
9TH SEPTEMBER 2012
Annan started their first match of the 2012 – 2013 season a week behind the hoists with only 12 players able tot make the short journey to Park Farm.
With the rain holding off & the wind gusting the supporters were hopeful for a fine free flowing game , Dumfries supplied Annan with 3 players to even up the teams Annan kicked off with the Dumfries no8 making good progress until Eastman halted the run then turned the ball over for Annan to have their first possession with a good evasive Backhouse run putting Annan on the front foot before a minor infringement at the breakdown robbed Annan of possession.
Annan put lots of the training ground rucking practice into play & repeatedly drove the Saints off the ball with Pagen & Wallace prominent in stealing the Dumfries possession. The former however set a new record for the number of penalties conceded in a game to 12!
The Makeshift Annan pack saw a new prop & hooker leading to uncontested scrums taking away one of Annan’s most potent attacking options , but the line out saw Smith & Easton hoisting Pagen to steal far more Ball than the Dumfries coaches would have liked, With hooker Davidson on the mark with the throw ins Annan took control of that aspect of the game , the newly formed back line of Townson, Wallace, Dunion, Clarke, Johnstone, Backhouse & Jamieson putting on a good display of expansive rugby to take the ball wide to the wingers Annan supporters were hopeful of an upset but just when it appeared that the hard work would pay off a Annan slipped into repeated penalties resulted in a Dumfries scrum 5 meters out, from the number 8 pick up Dumfries scored against the run of play.
Annan continued to ruck and tackle well but “forgot “ to retire when the Annan kicks were taken from behind them resulting in numerous penalties giving Dumfries a foothold in the game and then a break out by the inside center saw Dumfries score under the posts taking a 12 – 0 lead into half-time.
The Second half saw Annan continue to make basic errors and concede possession for Dumfries to put pressure on. To their credit Annan stuck to defense and prevented any further scoring opportunity to the home side , but Annan were looking threatening every time they had ball in Hand & again following a ruck set up by Jamieson & cleared out by Ronald saw Pagan sprint untouched under the post (unconverted).
Although Annan pressed & pressed there was no further score , but most pleasing for the coaches was the game finished with large smiles on every players face as they continued to put the training ground moves into a game situation .
Annan face a strong Ayr team away next week & need to take a full squad for the trip.
Team: Roland, Davidson, Smith, Easton , Pagan, Townson, Wallace , Dunion , C Clarke, Johnstone, Backhouse & Jamieson