First XV Page 2009/10

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Kick Off







September 2009
Saturday 5th 3:00pm Madras FP's 15 - 23 Strathmore  
Saturday 12th 3:00pm Strathmore 60 - 0 Ross Sutherland  
Saturday 19th 3:00pm Stirling University 7 - 49 Strathmore  
Saturday 26th 3:00pm Strathmore 45 - 10 Mackie FP's  

October 2009

Saturday 3rd 3:00pm St. Andrews Uni 10 - 12 Strathmore  
Saturday 10th 3:00pm Strathmore 27 - 0 Kinross  
Saturday 17th 3:00pm Strathmore 84 - 8 Crieff & Strathearn  
Saturday 24th 3:00pm Orkney 20 - 10 Strathmore  
Saturday 31st 2:00pm Strathmore 17 - 3 Glernrothes  

November 2009

Saturday 7th 2:00pm Grangemouth 14 - 24 Strathmore  
February 2010
Saturday 13th 3:00pm Aberdeen Uni 17 - 30 Strathmore  

March 2010

Wednesday 10th


Strathmore 77 - 0 Madras  
Saturday 13th 3:00pm Ross Sutherland 7 - 18 Strathmore  
Saturday 20th 3:00pm Strathmore 29 - 3 Stirling Uni  
Saturday 27th 2:30pm Strathmore 29 - 5 Grangemouth


April 2010
Saturday 3rd 3:00pm Strathmore 78 - 17 Aberdeen Uni  
Saturday 17th 3:00pm Kinross 7 - 51 Strathmore  
Saturday 1st 3:00pm Glenrothes 14 - 47 Strathmore  
Saturday  8th 3:00pm Strathmore 28 - 10 Orkney  
Wednesday 12th 6:30pm Strathmore 28 - 22 St. Andrews Uni  
Saturday  15th 3:00pm Crieff & Strathearn P - P Strathmore  
Saturday 22nd 3:00pm Mackie Acd 28 - 55 Strathmore  

Position Team Played W D L F : A Diff. Bonus Points
1 Orkney 20  19  915:189  726  16  92 
2 Strathmore RFC 20  19  732:215  517  15  91 
3 St Andrews University 20  14  644:322  322  16  68 
4 Glenrothes 20  12  482:366  116  14  62 
5 Mackie Academy FP 20  12  361:560  -199  37 
6 Stirling University RFC 20  11  319:518  -199  37 
7 Aberdeen University RFC 20  11  428:597  -169  36 
8 Ross Sutherland 20  13  370:559  -189  31 
9 Grangemouth Stags RFC 20  13  377:589  -212  31 
10 Madras Rugby 20  15  328:564  -236  29 
11 Kinross 20  17  183:660  -477 
12 Crieff & Strathearn 0:0 




Grangemouth 14 - 24 Strathmore

Grangemouth started and finished this match on top but it all went wrong for them in the middle.  The men in black only got out of their own half to kick the ball back for the first fifteen minutes.  6-0 down from two penalties the tide began to turn and on the second sortee up the pitch Malcolm Lamont got a well worked try in the corner, from then on it was Strathie in charge and it was not if but when for the next three tries. Crozier, Black and Hull got one each and Wood converted two.  Grangemouth got one back and threatened for another but the defence held out till the final whistle to the relief of the handful of Strathie supporters who made the journey.


Pre Season

Strathmore 10 - 22 Aberdeenshire

Strathie lost out to Aberdeenshire 1st's and 2nd's for the first time in over 4 years on a bright sunny afternoon at Inchmacoble.  Hopes were high after the tremendous showing last week and a good sized crowd turned out for the last pre-season game before the league kicks off next weekend with, ironically, another trip to fur boot city.  Aberdeenshire are preparing for National 3 and look well up for the challenge having experienced a good victory over Ross High in the cup last year.

It was an unusually quiet Strathie who went behind to an early try having had little possession from the start.  With several regulars unavailable and a fielding both a 1st & 2nd XV coach Dave Brown's options were limited.  When the Blacks did go forward the Shire  were able to read the set plays getting two men on the ball carrier with ease, Shire had good pace in the backs and looked good every time the ball went wide getting another try shortly after.  Strathie got one before the break to keep them in the match.

The second half saw Strathie dig in and defend well putting huge pressure on the Shire defence, the second half penalty score was around 22 - 2 in favour of the blacks but they were unable to convert the opportunities into points.   It was Shire who held out until 5 minutes from time but it was a case of to much to late as the Strathie men ran out of time.

It was a similar story for the 2's who went down by about 5 tries to 2.

It was not all doom and gloom as there were several good performances in both squads with the new faces gelling with the regulars and reinvigorated olds.  Next weeks away trip is to Aberdeen University with a 3:00pm kick off scheduled - venue to be confirmed.

Gordonians 12 - 21 Strathmore

Veteran Graeme Crozier kicked off against Gordonians in a confidence boosting game against Gordonians in bright sunny windy afternoon at Counteswells.  It was a new look Strathie who scored first against the run of play with a converted try from Jamie Wilson / Gary Wood.  New boy Neil Lear added a second shortly afterwards and Strathie were on top.  Gordonians managed a breakaway try in the first half to make halftime 5- 14.

Jason Leslie gave the team a good half time talk setting out the plans for the second half.  Gordonians got back into it with a second converted try but it wasn't long before Colin Bell broke clear for the third try of the afternoon converted by another new face Lewis Knox.

It was a good afternoons workout for the team with some strong performances all round, next come Aberdeenshire promoted to National 3 last years so next weeks game should prove a lot harder.  The Shire are due to bring a 1st & 2nd XV to Forfar so we will be in for a good afternoons rugby!



Glenrothes 14 -  47  Strathmore

Strathie went into this match knowing that they had to win and with the home team opting to play down the hill with the wind it was looking like a tough start but the men in Black were fitter and more up for the match and it was one way traffic from the off.  The referee was coming under constant bombardment from the fifers players and sparse supporters as they tried unsuccessfully to intimidate both players and officials.

First half scores came from Stuart Gray, Fraser Cameron (2) and Niall Lear, with 3 McLaren conversions, for a half time score of 26-7. 

In the second half, Lear and Gray scored second tries, and 17 year old Angus Colts winger David Smith scored his first try for the club, capping an excellent game, showing considerable pace on the wing. McLaren converted all 3.


Strathmore 28 - 22 St. Andrews University

The students always put up a strong team and this was no exception with a few fresh faces not seen at any previous matches.  But the men in black overcame the youngsters to go within 1 point of league leaders Orkney with both teams having one match to play each. 

Strathie started well with a converted try to which the students replied to almost immediately. and they went on to go into half time in the lead.  For a full report and  More ....@ Pitchero

Strathmore 28 - 10 Orkney RFC

Strathie closed the gap on league leaders Orkney to 7 points with an emphatic clear cut victory in front of a big crowd bolstered by a good travelling support hoping to see Orkney lift the league trophy.  It was clear from the off that they were to be disappointed as the Black's produced the seasons performance by a mile.

Scottish Regional Bowl 2009 / 10


Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Quarter Final Semi Final Final
Fife Southern St. Andrews Uni Harris Academy FP's Grangemouth Wigtonshire North Berwick


North Berwick 13 - 8 Strathmore

Four buses and many cars travelled to the home of Scottish Rugby to see the men in black grace the main pitch in their first ever Cup final appearance.  It was not to be the golden day so many festooned in black and white wished for, instead, it was the men in black and red who celebrated at the final whistle.  This was was, a close encounter marred by handling errors and some of the most dubious refereeing decisions seen this year.

North Berwick had virtually all the first half possession nearly went over in the first 15 minutes but Niall Leer knocked the man into touch, captain Jamie McLarren was sent to the bin for holding on and this gave the Berwick men an advantage which they used to the full going into the break 10 - 0 up.

Coach Dave Browne managed to settle the nerves at half time and talk up the team in the second half and it was Strathie who started in the ascendancy.  A try from Lear and a penalty from young Brad McKenzie putting points on the board.  Strathie pushed hard for a second try and were at the white wash with the the North Berwick men beginning to look like they were loosing their confidence, however another mistake gave the ball away and they managed to cleared their lines.  North Berwick gained the advantage when another mistake from the blacks gave an easily kicked penalty resulting in the blacks having to score twice to get back into it.

Strathie battled hard all the way through the match but could just not break through the red and black line with enough pace to get to the whitewash for the second time, the referee gave them a wee chance and allowed two lineouts at the end of the match with strathie deep into the 22, on the final lineout with less than 3 seconds to play on the official clock but North Berwick won possession and kicked the ball into touch to put an end to a well contested final.

It's back to league action next week with a trip to Glenrothes followed by, the much looked forward to, visit of league leaders Orkney - get down to Glenrothes and give the boys a lift and keep them in the hunt for promotion!

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Wigtownshire 0 - 22 Strathmore

The men in black made the long journey to the South West of Scotland in good spirits and the result sets them up for a first ever Murrayfield final against North Berwick who have already won their League, East 1.  A try from Neil Lear and an excellent kicking display from 18 year old Brad McKenzie secured the match

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Quarter Final

Strathmore 29 - 5 Grangemouth

The good sized crowd who turned out to see this important double header were well rewarded with the best performance of the season so far and the men in black are now only one more match away from a Murrayfield final.  Wigtonshire from Stranraer now stand in the way on Saturday 10th April.

Strathie weathered the early storm well as Grangemouth pushed hard from the start, Strathie could have been three points down after 2 minutes but the drop kick went wide by a foot. Grangemouth comtinued to use the strong wind to their advantage and, as a result, the Black's were rarely out of their own half in the first 20 minutes.  Two quickfire tries changed the pace of the match and put the Strathie men in charge and by half time they were three tries to the good.

The second half was much the same as the Grangemouth men battled hard to get back into the match and they were rewarded with a good try but the strong wind pushed the kick wide.

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Scottish Regional Bowl Round 3 Draw

Strathmore 1st XV 21 - 6 Harris Academy FP's

A ring rusty Strathmore overcame a Harris team who have been playing well at the top of the division just below us and showed that they could well be promoted this year.  The Black's went 6 points behind after 15 minutes to two penalties but by half time two well worked tries put them firmly on top.

Harris had two good chances called back by the referee in both half's and nearly got a try towards the end of the match but good defence from the Strathie men held them back.

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Scottish Regional Bowl Round 2 Draw

Strathmore 23 - 0 St. Andrews Uni

A much closer game than the score suggests, the students have some very good quick players and some luck in the handling errors both saved and gifted a Strathie team which had not played since the 7th Nov - 3 whole months- this is two seasons in one.

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Scottish Regional Bowl Round 1
Fife Southern 5 - 12 Strathmore   More ....@ Pitchero




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