Director of Rugby's Blog
24 Mar 2019
Our games against Ayr are always close encounters , we win some , we lose some, but rarely has there been so much controversy. Ayr will feel they had chances, they felt they scored but the ref judged the ball held up. Likewise we blew a couple of chances in the game and we certainly had the opportunities to exit properly in the last few minutes. But the one unarguable fact is that we were 12-8 up 6 minutes into overtime.
Experience has shown that watching the game live and then re watching on video can often show that our initial impression of what's unfolded live can be wrong as emotion and excitement can taint our thought processes, the video then just shows what actually happened.
So having watched it on the way home last night and having seen it again, it doesn’t get any better. We are penalised for a dominant tackle that results in an Ayr players leg going up in the air, a tip tackle?, pretty harsh but it happens I suppose. Ayr then kick into the corner for the lineout. We all see it and use it every week, the driving maul and when its well formed rushing towards the line and is brought down we see a penalty, perhaps a warning. To be a penalty try it has to be a certain try scoring opportunity and absolutely clear that it's been collapsed and if that’s the case it’s the big call penalty try !
I don’t think that’s what I saw yesterday ,its a maul with an Ayr player joining in front of the ball, which is illegal so penalty Melrose, its messy and players are going down, the ref says 4 or 5 players collapsing so no option penalty try, , I couldn't possibly comment further other than that’s a huge call at anytime in the game
At least I know as a group we will study the game and look to improve ourselves and our decision making processes for the return Cup game. In terms of effort the players gave absolutely everything and we should be really proud of them, to a man an outstanding effort.
Callum Crookshank normally a tight head prop had a belter at lock , they all did their best
Right so its Cup time, 3pm The Greenyards, We have the Edinburgh game on TV from 12.45 and we have the Sevens draw from 12. It should be an absolute belter, with Ayr looking to do the double and confident of doing so. For us its just the small matter of trying to reach our 4th Cup final in a row and what incredibly would be our 9th in the last 12 seasons. That would be some feat
You may have noticed that the saga of where the Melrose Club XV will play next season has been finalised, many months have been taken up by the politics and now we can at last begin to get organised for the challenges ahead. We will be in National 1 as originally set out .
Updates on our progress and our thoughts will come to our Members soon.
"Hear we go. here we go here we go again" Status Quo - 21 Feb 2018
SEMI FINALS HERE WE COME - 12 Feb 2018
home play off in the bag - 06 Feb 2018