League game @ Murrayfield, 5/12/09 - Match Video
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Dalziel travelled to Murrayfield Wanderers confident that they could maintain their 100% record for the season. Pre match reporting had described the Motherwell side as vulnerable after there last two league wins, but by the time they departed from the shadow of the national stadium the home side had nothing but praise for their visitors.
From the kick off Dalziel mounted wave upon wave of attacking rugby and after six minutes a good break by Gillon Duguid allowed him to release Robert Simpson to score a converted try. This pattern of play continued and on 18 minutes Fraser Duguid followed his brothers example and between him and Simpson almost achieved the second score. For the next 20 minutes of the half Dalziels attacking game was thwarted by some dogged Wanderers defence and on 30 minutes they converted a penalty to make the score 3 to 7.
From here to half time Dalziel continued to attack and remained in the Wanderers half, with young wing Lee McWhinnie very impressive during this period. The reward for their endeavours was a try by Frazer Duguid on the stroke of half time, and the sides went into the break 3 to 12.
After half time the pattern continued, but with even more intensity, as the Dalziel team began to dominate the match. The Motherwell boys had rediscovered their A game. A magnificent break by Victor Czarnocki forced a line out on the Wanderers 22 meter line and from the resulting position Czarnocki burst through to score under the posts. With the conversion by Simpson, Dalziel now led by 3 to 19.
From the kick off, Dalziel retained possession, and forced play deep into the Wanderers half. Flanker Blake Whitehead made a characteristic break and forced a line out on the 5 meter line. From the throw in, Kris Watters, who was having a great game, stole the lineout ball and from the resulting maul the ever impressive Craig Simmonds broke free to score Dalziels fourth try and secure the bonus point. 3 to 26
Murrayfield Wanderers rallied after this and the marvellous season long Dalziel defence was called into action, lead once again by Crawford Reid and his back row team mates. The Dalziel props, not to be undone, yet again stole opposition ball and the threat was gone. On 65 minutes a superb break by Czarnocki allowed scrum half Ross Donnachie to go over for the fifth try and the Dalziel points total had now reached 31.
On 75 minutes Simmonds was again involved and the move was finished off by Ross McAulay, thoroughly deserved after a Man of the Match performance by the fly half, who dictated play throughout the 80 minutes. Simpson converted the try to take the score to 3 to 38.
Wanderers had lost the match but within a minute they produced a fantastic score, which started in there own 22, and after passing through several pairs of hands was touched down under the Dalziel posts for a converted try.
Disappointed at having their line broken for only the fifth time this season, and the first from open play, the Dalziel front row took it upon themselves to finish the game in style, and after some great handling, described later in the clubhouse as worthy of any back division, prop Steven Findlay stormed over the line to complete the seven try win.
Team Dalziel headed back along the M8 happy with a quality performance, and what was for the spectators,coaches and players, an enjoyable afternoon against good opposition, who throughout the match, endeavoured to play handling rugby. The squad can now go into the Christmas period with confidence as the only team in Premier and National League Rugby with a thoroughly deserved 100% record.
Next week is a home fixture against Royal High, K.O. 2pm
Gavin Armstrong, Lee McWhinnie, Ross McAulay, John Goldie, Gillon Duguid, Fraser Duguid, Ross Donnachie, Victor Czarnocki, Blake Whitehead, Kris Watters, Gavin Smith, George Sloan, Craig Simmonds, Crawford Reid, Craig Lewis, Steven Findlay, Stephen Baird, Robert Simpson
Tries: Ross McAulay, Fraser Duguid, Ross Donnachie, Victor Czarnocki, Craig Simmonds, Steven Findlay, Robert Simpson
Conversions: Robert Simpson (4)
Man of the Match: Ross McAulay
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