Yesterday The Gordon Schools travelled to Aberdeen to compete in a rugby tournament against Westhill and Elgin. A solid team of .. boys travelled to the.. pitches and gave it their all.
TGS’S first match was against Westhill, the boys managed to pull of a great result ending in a 18-4 victory.
We asked Martin, a key player from yesterdays team how he thought the team and himself played in the first match, “I expected Westhill to be pretty hard because our squad is a union team and their used to playing league. I think I played alright for not playing rugby league ever in my life and its fun but I think I could of done a little better.”
The team made it in to the final in which they played against Turriff, it was a close game for the first half the score 4-4 but in the second half Turriff couldn’t contain TGS as they cruised to 32-4 win.
Coach A. Sutcliffe was very impressed with the teams performance throughout the day and said it was good team performance although he did mention Martin, Lewis, Roddy and Yanick as being stand out players.
History looks like it is about to be repeated with Scotland yet again falling short in the first two games of the Six Nations, especially in their match against Wales in their first home game. Scotland’s enterprise was evident in the first half especially with Stewart Hogg scoring a try under extreme pressure from Wales to score first.
This however was short lived when once again a yellow card was given to Finn Russell for a silly tackle on the Welsh number ten Dan Biggar, this ten minutes in the bin resulted in Wales going ahead by 10 points giving Scotland a hill to climb.
At the end of the first half a similar incident to that involving Finn Russell happened to a Welsh player who was sent to the bin which gave Scotland a hope of being able to make up the points just after half time.
The second half was really hectic with Scotland finding themselves under pressure from the start, even with Wales being one man down. Scotland should have been able to put the pressure on Wales but once again poor game management and kicking out of hand let them down. The opposite could be said of Wales with Leigh Halfpenny taking control through the boot and the Welsh ability to take all the high balls from an excellent kicking game. A second try soon came form Wales with Jonathan Davies scoring a try after a great deal of pressure which Scotland couldn’t defend.
This seemed to get Scotland going again and the final ten minutes was all Scotland in attack but although Scotland did score a try it was too late with the clock going red.
Yes, there is much to be positive about with this Scottish performance but they could not take the game from a team that came to play rugby and were much better at their game management. They will improve and need to take the next game against Italy and show some good game management and close out the fame with a good win to give them hope for the rest of the Six Nations.
As Juan Cuadrado is set to make his home debut against Everton, the 26 year old Colombian right winger will be keen to get going.
There has been lots of speculation about Cuadrado’s signing but it’s finally happened for a sum believed to be around £27,000,000 from Italian side Fiorentina. As the transfer deadline day kicked in, the signing looked very probable and indeed did happen.
Cuadrado said “I am very happen and thankful for this opportunity I’ve been give. This is a great club and, honestly, it is like a dream to join the Chelsea family and to know that the manager believes in me. I’m happy,”
After five and a half years playing football in Italy Juan Cuadrado will be excited to sign a four and a half year long deal with the London club.
With 37 caps to his name it’s clear to see he is an international superstar having an amazing world cup scoring a goal against Japan in the group stages and finishing the tournament with four assists, helping his team to reach the quarter final. Only Germany’s world cup winning star player Toni Kroos could keep up with his record.
The Bath rugby team have released Gavin Henson aged 33 after 18 months of being with them so he could join Bristol. Henson was due to move to the Championship side in the summer but after the two rival clubs agreed on the early release he has been released 4 months early.
The effect on this is immediate as they have signed London Irish Tom Homer aged 24 to replace him. This happened on the 11th February this year.
Last time Scotland faced Wales they were beaten 51-3 after an early red card for Hogg. Greig Laidlaw said “last time we played we where on the wrong end of a thumping”
The recent match against France resulted in a 15-8 loss that Laidlaw said was “probably a chance missed” and a victory on Sunday against Wales is necessary to keep moral up for Vern Cotters squad.
“If we are to do anything in this tournament, we need to win this weekend” said Laidlaw “We need to learn for our mistakes from France and make it tough for the Welsh side,”
Only one change has been made to the Welsh squad. Following his recent concussion, winger George North won’t be on the pitch, with Liam Williams taking his place. They are very similar players so not much is expested to change in the way they play.
“We need to stop their go-forward and be aggressive at the breakdown and the tackle contest, make sure we are fronting up and not giving them easy gain-line”.
“If we do that, it take a big part of their game away”
Finn Russell is getting ready to make his first six nations appearance against France this weekend. The 22 year old Glasgow warrior will make his fourth appearance for Scotland this weekend when he plays rugby at the Stade de France.
He said “it would have been great to start my six nation’s career at home but France will be amazing […] I’ve played a few games for Glasgow this season and got a wee taste but nothing this big,”
Scotland are looking to win the six nations this year as they have never won it before and are looking good in the lead up to the start of the tournament. The last time Scotland won at France was 1999 in the last five nations when Scotland won the trophy.
Finn Russell has played two games in France this season both for Glasgow warriors. He knows that they have to apply pressure early on against them but be careful not to overdo it as that happened to him when he was playing against Toulouse and he got yellow carded for a dangerous tackle. “One little thing like that can cost you a game” he added.
Russell is hopeful that they can beat France this year and win their first six nations.