On a day which will no doubt go down as one of the best Super Saturdays in 6 Nations history, there was another match being played. This match may not have had any players pushing to get the Lions plane down-under this summer in it. Neither did it have any major impact on league standings. What it did have was 30 rugby players putting their bodies on the line for their coaches, supporters and team-mates. It did have mud, blood, sweat and tears, with a wee splash of rain to remind the crowd they weren’t in Rome.
It was a very wet and cold day at Bridgehaugh where Stirling County were hosting Boroughmuir in the second last match of the year. Both teams started off very carefully, feeling each other out with kicks flying high and long. It didn’t take County long to show off their power of their drilled pack. From a line-out around Boroughmuir’s 22, County rolled a maul right over the Boroughmuir forwards to give Captain Alex Moffat the first try of the match. Brian Archibald was unable to kick the conversion.
The match carried on in a similar fashion from the try. Both teams looked to use a kicking game in order to gain territory and hope for knock-ons under high and slippery balls. When this tactic proved to be ineffective, both teams turned to the forwards for some hard trudging through the mud. Boroughmuir came close twice but lack of discipline and good counter rucking from County stopped them both times.
Stirling began to run away with the match to the end of the half. Giving their midfield more ball proved effective with two well worked tries from the two wingers Ben Addison and Byron McGuigan. County go into the break, 20 points to 0 up.
Boroughmuir must have had a boot up the you know what at half-time, they came out for the second half with a clear intent to get points on the board. This is exactly what they did. Getting themselves a penalty scrum 5 yards from County’s try line was all the fired up Boroughmuir pack needed. They just about smashed County’s pack into the pitch behind, setting up number 8, Captain Jamie Swanson to carry over Boroughmuir’s first points of the match. The try was coolly converted by David Reekie.
Boroughmuir weren’t getting back into the match that easily, County were not about to rest on a thirteen point lead. Ten minutes after their forward’s heroics, Boroughmuir’s midfield let them down. From what seemed to be a very unorganised mess, County were able to turn over ball in Boroughmuir’s half and Brian Archibald was able to dance his way through the very confused and lacklustre Boroughmuir backs.
As the game went on discipline dropped even further, this was not helped by cold hands and greasy surface. Boroughmuir’s next try came from an interception. It showed the danger of throwing the ball about in the midfield in poor conditions. This is taking nothing away from winger Jordan Edmunds who showed great speed to finish. David Reekie slotted over the conversion to peg it back to 27-14 to Stirling County after just over an hour played.
After the interception and subsequent try, County were much more cautious. They kept the ball in hand when in opposition territory and it paid off. With last play of the game, Tim Clarke went over the white wash. Archibald kicked the conversion to make the final score Stirling 34, Boroughmuir 14.