Premiership: Edinburgh Accies edge past Jed-Forest in feisty dead-rubber

Visiting win is at a cost with Jamie Sole now likely to miss play-offs

Lewis Wells scores Edinburgh Accies, despite attentions of Jed-Forest's Gregor Young. Image: Rob Gray
Lewis Wells scores Edinburgh Accies, despite attentions of Jed-Forest's Gregor Young. Image: Rob Gray

Jed-Forest 28

Edinburgh Accies 33

DAVID BARNES @ Riverside Park

THIS was an end-of-season dead-rubber but nobody told the players. They went at it hammer-and-tong for the full 80 minutes, and although the soggy underfoot conditions meant it was pretty scrappy at times, the desire to have a go with ball in hand should be commended.

“It was a great contest,” said beaten head coach Andy Brown, after watching his team battle back from being 19-7 down with a player red-carded on the half hour mark, to claim two bonus-points and be pushing for a win at the end. “It was a shame about the weather, but maybe that added to it. There was some good rugby played in fairly crap conditions, and I think that’s just in the DNA of how both teams want to play.”

Opposite number Iain Berthinussen was not feeling quite so charitable, arguing that there had been more foul play from the hosts than he was comfortable with, although he was pleased that his team stuck to task to claim the win, which keeps momentum ticking over as they head into the play-offs at the start of March.


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“There was nothing really in it for us apart from a few guys putting their hands up for the play-offs, but unfortunately it looks like we’ve lost Jamie Sole [to the head injury sustained during the red-card incident],” he lamented.

“I think if Jed had played some rugby in that first half they may have caused us more issues and maybe come away with a victory,” Berthinussen added. “It was pretty brutal out there at times, to be honest, and credit to our boys for sticking in when they could have shied away from it.”

Accies raced into an early lead when Neil Armstrong threaded a neat grubber through Jed’s defensive line and Vincent Hart dribbled over the line then flopped on the ball to score, followed by Jamie Loomes dummying his way over for try number two, although the visiting stand-off missed the conversion this time leaving his team with a 12-point lead with as many minutes played.

Jed rallied with a fine team try – initiated by Gregor Young, carried on by Finlay Scott and Mason Cullen, and finished off by Callum Young – to dispel concerns that this end of season gathering could turn into a visiting rout.

Accies struck again through a try from No 8 Ruairi Campbell, converted by Loomes, with the city side seeming to cope better with the soggy underfoot conditions at his point, although Jed were hanging in there.

Then, on the half hour mark, Jed lost Elliot Lauder to a red-card and Accies lost Jamie Sole to a nasty looking concussion – he was replaced by Cameron Bain –  after a collision in the middle of the park, which maybe lacked malicious intent but can no longer be dismissed as unfortunate carelessness  as the sport wrestles with the responsibility of protecting player welfare.

Despite being a man down, Jed finished the first half on the front foot, and deserved their second try scored under the posts by Robbie Shirra-Gibb, to set up an easy conversion for Scott, following some forceful driving-play on the Accies line from the home forwards.

 

The visiting bonus-point was secured with just four minutes of they second half gone when a penalty was kicked to the corner and Bain burst off the back of the maul and dived over the line unchallenged, but Jed bounced right back when Mason Cullen scampered over on the left for his 11th try of the season.

Having done so well to stay in the contest, Jed made a rod for their own back when Mathew Atkinson got himself yellow-carded for a neck-roll at a ruck, just a few minutes after referee David Young had stopped the game to have a word with Blake Roff on a very similar matter.

That two-man advantage eventually paid a dividend when pack power followed by breadth of the park handling sent Lewis Wells on his way to the line on the left, but still Jed wouldn’t lie down, and an excellent 50-22 from Owen Cranston set up the attacking platform for the unmistakable figure of Paolo Ferriera – apparently playing his last game before retirement – to rumble over for his eighth try of the season.

Jed kept plugging away during the final 10 minutes, dominating territory and possession, but there was no way through or round Accies’ resolute defence.

 

Teams –

Jed-Forest: M Cullen; O Cranston (R Nichol 67), G Young, B McNeil  (R Briggs 72), R Shirra-Gibb; C Young, L Walker; J Story ( J Ferguson 72), F Scott, P Ferreira, M Atkinson, C Skeldon, E Lauder, B Roff, B Fotheringham (L Elder 16, C Douglas 72).

Edinburgh Accies: B Appleson; M Wallace, V Hart, N Armstrong (F Lindsay 41), L Wells; J Loomes, M Love (S Broad 57); A Winnington-Ingram,  F McAslan (H Campbell 61), C Taylor (G Ratcliff 47),  J Mills, R Thompson, F Simpson, J Sole (C Bain, 29), R Campbell.

 

Scorers –

Jed-Forest: Tries: C Young, Shirra-Gibb, Cullen, Ferreira; Con: Scott 4.

Edinburgh Accies: Tries: Hart Loomes, Campbell, Bain, Wells; Con; Loomes 4.

Scoring sequence (Edinburgh Accies first): 0-5; 0-7; 0-12; 5-12; 7-12; 7-17; 7-19; 12-19; 14-19 (h-t) 14-24; 14-26; 19-26; 21-26; 21-31-; 21-33; 26-33; 28-33.

 

Yellow cards ~

Jed-Forest: Atkinson  (53 mins)

 

Red cards –

Jed-Forest: Lauder (31 mins)

 

Man-of-the-Match: It was a right old tussle and plenty of forwards out their body on the line, but Accies stand-off Jamie Loomes took his try well and generally marshalled his team to play in the right areas of the park.

Talking point: Accies head coach iain Berthinussen was not a happy bunny after the match, highlighting several incidences of foul play from the home team. Opposite number Andy Brown thought its was a vigorous and well-contested advert for how to play the game in difficult conditions. It certainly wasn’t dull at Riverside Park.


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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

16 Comments

  1. Let’s face it Accies, you almost got beat by 14 men.
    Easy seen who the better team was playing the better rugby.

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  2. Jed unfortunately have a lot to learn when it comes to playing in the higher leagues. Play is 90 % foul, indiscipline, cheap shots etc with only 10% flowing talented rugby.
    There numerous card count over the season speaks for itself.
    I have also never seen a team through their toys out of the pram so much when they are loosing (which is pretty often)
    Glad Edinburgh showed strength and resilience to show who’s better on the field.
    From a west coast ex player with no affiliation with Accies !

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    • When you say numerous card count what exactly do you mean?

      Jedforest have the joint least yellow cards in the league so far this season, although with 2 reds one of them was rescinded and the other from yesterday should also be rescinded with the accies player leading with his forearm.

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    • Are you sure you were at the same game as me, 2 teams giving 100 percent in crap conditions , apart from the injury to Jamie sole which looked bad, though I didn’t see , but accepted the refs decision as it must have been head contact, there was nothing else that you don’t see every week from every team, players playing a physical game with commitment,

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  3. Late tackles and cheap shots by the visiting team missed by the touch judge that had assumed every one here had paid their entry fee to watch him. Funny how tinted spectles view a game.

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  4. Late tackles and cheap shots by the visiting team missed by the touch judge that had assumed every one here had paid their entry fee to watch him. Funny how tinted spectles view a game.

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  5. Late tackles and cheap shots by the visiting team missed by the touch judge that had assumed every one here had paid their entry fee to watch him. Funny how tinted spectles view a game.

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  6. Some of the things the Jed players were doing, off the ball, were extremely dangerous and totally unacceptable; not the first time either. How many more ill disciplined matches, before harsher sanctions are imposed on the club?

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  7. A neutral observation on your report: Accies raced into an early lead when Neil Armstrong threaded a neat grubber through Jed’s defensive line

  8. Accies raced into an early lead when Neil Armstrong threaded a neat grubber through Jed’s defensive line

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