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Men’s 1XV v Murrayfield Wanderers | Match Report

Senior Men (1st XV) | 8th Nov 2023

Stewartry RFC recorded their biggest win of the season with a 69-14 win over Muarryfield Wanderers in Edinburgh.

The Blacks travelled to the capital looking to get back to winning away after narrowly missing out against Whitecraigs at home the weekend before.

Sandy Currie’s men emphatically bounced back, scoring 10 tries against the Wanderers and moving up into fourth in the National 4 Table.

Despite starting the game on the front foot with a successful penalty from Andrew Picken after just one minute played, Stewartry fell behind early after conceding a penalty try under the posts.

As ever, though, they fought back and through their captain Angus Lindsay were able to get their first try of the game and regain the lead.

The next few minutes were tense, with a lot of rugby being played in the Stewartry 22 but a big shot from flanker Chris Root spurred the team into action.

From there, the Greelaw side put three quickfire tries past Murrayfield to secure the bonus point before the halftime whistle. Sam Tait, Jason Forsyth and Lochy Spence got the scores.

After the break, Stewartry kept their foot on the gas and scored two more tries in the opening 10 minutes through TJ McCarney and Ashley Mathias.

The Wanderers did manage to put some good passage of play of their own together, scoring a well-worked try out wide but with the score at 41-14, the game was all but over.

Archie Picken came off the bench to make his Stewartry 1XV debut and bagged himself two tries on the right wing to compound the home side’s misery.

With wanting to give their points difference a good boost in mind, SRFC kept playing until the final whistle and managed to add another two tries through Sam Tait and Kieran McGuire, who took a quick tap and dived in at the corner flag to bring up the tenth and final try.

Andrew Picken nailed the kick from the touchline, rounding off a great day off the tee for him with eight conversions and one penalty to add to his tally.

Five points and a plus 55 score to put on the league table spelt a good day on the road for Stewartry with their attention now turning to Strathmore away this weekend.

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