Ellon First XV took on the Aberdeen University Medics Saturday at the Meadows. The Medics had lost their first two games but showed up with a much improved team to the previous games, with students back and playing again.
Ellon had a number of players away for the game, but with good depth in the squad they put out a strong team. Buoyant from the previous weeks win against Mackie, Ellon looked to make it 4 out of 4 and stay top of the table.
However it was the Medics who scored first, taking advantage of the strong wind blowing straight down the pitch. Lots of pressure form high ball pinned Ellon back but the home team pushed on and took the lead just at half time. After the break and with the wind, Ellon pushed on and took a two try lead, however the Medics fought back well, until a drop goal by Ali Addy took the pressure fully off Ellon. Ellon went on to score the fourth “bonus point” try, and then didn’t look back, scoring 7 tries in total, finishing a tough game with a decent 39-19 score to cement themselves at the top of the table.
Saturday sees Garioch coming to Ellon with the second of the two big local derbies. It is a 15:00 KO at the meadows, with BBQ on for those attending.
This weekend in the Youth section Ellon took on Perthshire in the Lancers Conference, a set of games moved from the previous week due to rain. Saturday it was the U18 playing the early KO at the Meadows. Once again a close game between two strong teams, Ellon however took an early lead and steadily increased until it was 19-0 with 10 minutes left. Perthshire took a late consolation try to finish the game 19-7. This moved Ellon to the top of the individual U18 table, however Gordonstoun and Mackie have a game in hand.
U16 and U15 were the later games on Sunday with a 13:00 KO. Both expected a good game, however both Ellon teams won by 50 points, with the games being stopped slightly early due to the SRU ruling. U16 and U15 recorded scores were both 60-12.
This result moved Ellon to the top of the U16 league, although other teams have a game in hand.
Similarly at U15, they moved top of the table joint with Gordonstoun who they play in two weeks, although Mackie have a game in hand.
The U15 performance was the best team performance since P4. Every player played extremely well and the boys proved what they can do with a focused approach.
U14 was a tough game as Perth had a well drilled team, who worked extremely hard with the forwards to counter Ellon and then scored from their large amount of possession. Final score 0-32, with no tables at this level. U13 played excellent rugby to win their game 19-18. Perthshire used their one big player most of the time, while Ellon moved the ball and played exciting rugby to watch.
Over all this led to 12 points from a maximum 14 this weekend in the Youth section! Similar to the U18 U16 and U15 individual tables, Ellon moved to the top of the Whole Club Conference Table, by 2 points over Perthshire.
Next weekend Ellon Youth travel to Dundee to take of League newcomers Dundee Rugby.
Updated 14:20 - 26 Sep 2017 by Gareth D Kemp