Gutsy performance by the 2nd XV, with a come behind win.
The outcome did not look too rosy at the start of the game with many players looking to play champagne rugby but ended up spilling the pill a crucial times within the red zone. A little of inexperience creeped in against a much older Irish squad – the Scottish forwards got manhandled at certain points in contact and the breakdown. However the Scottish kept on working.
With Spender managing the 2’s, he made substitutions to ensure that the Scottish got some blue collared work ethic at the breakdowns and some direct running to allow the Scottish with the “go forward” momentum that they needed.
Rahim ended up playing back row, with Kaine Mildenberger, Sam Rowan and Tristan Castro providing the punch that we needed to break into the Irish defence. Stephen Boecke made his presence felt after an enforced 5 week break for rhinoplasty as well as Gerard Doherty for slotting the penalties and conversions. Sangeeth played an outstanding game with ball in hand and on defence – in his first year of playing rugby.
Nema started his first game this year and made an impact in the game. The 2nd XV stuck to the basics in the second half, nothing fancy, and pulled one out of the fire.