Aberdeen make Edinburgh pay for sloppy defence
Capital side have only themselves to blame for disappointing loss
Monday 20 October 2008, The Journal Issue 12
Aberdeen University 1st XI 34
Edinburgh University 1st XI 16
Edinburgh University remain in second place in the Scottish Universities Men’s 1A Championships after a 34-16 defeat to an unbeaten Aberdeen side.
Indiscipline and poor defence characterised Edinburgh’s play, resulting in Aberdeen soaring into a 10-0 lead after 15 minutes, with the visitors having conceded a number of needless penalties.
Edinburgh’s only points of the first half came from the boot of new boy, Ben Lyons. However, it was soon cancelled out as an ugly Aberdeen drop goal attempt was successfully converted to end the half at 13-3 to the Granite City.
With playmaker Ian McGhee being forced to leave the field due to a blood injury, Lyons stepped up to his more accustomed position of fly-half. In spite of landing another penalty just after the break, a sloppy Edinburgh defence saw another tackle-less try go in below the posts.
Aberdeen stamped their authority on the game through a further two converted second half tries. There were few positives to take from the visitor’s efforts apart from an encouraging performance from Lyons, who added a second half try to his points tally. The game finished Aberdeen 34, Edinburgh 16.
Scrum half Jake Webb, flanker Olly Paynol and replacement wing Olly Short also earned their first caps for the Edinburgh side and acquitted themselves admirably.
Elsewhere in the league, Stirling University trounced Dundee 55-3 to join Edinburgh in a tie for second.