1stXV under the weather in defeat to Dundee
Dundee University RFC 1st XV 40 – 10 Glasgow University RFC 1st XV
In perhaps the windiest conditions many of the Glasgow team had every played in, the boys in Black and Gold faced their sternest test yet against a strong Dundee side. Opting to play with the wind in the first half, Glasgow tried early on to pin their opponents back early on but found even kicking with the wind a challenge.
Early injuries to the Mckean brothers meant a reshuffle in the backline breaking up the game’s structure more even at this early stage. Dundee crossed for the first try midway through the first half but Glasgow responded well with a try from captain Richard Murdoch following a good kick and chase downwind.
Both sides added penalties bringing the score to 10-8 to Glasgow. John Rae went off injured as the half came to a close leading to further complications in the backline. Although Glasgow went in at half time with a narrow lead, the team could not help but feel that they hadn’t made enough of the huge advantage that the wind gave and the chances missed in the first half proved to be costly.
Glasgow came out the blocks well in the second half; matching Dundee’s physicality. Yet another injury, this time to Murdoch, coincided with a purple patch for Dundee as they ran in five tries in the last 20 minutes.
A battered and bruised Glasgow side struggled to chase the game into the wind and a result Dundee ran out comfortable winners in the end; the score 40-10. Although the tries were scored in the second half, the real damage was done in the first half when Glasgow didn’t play to the conditions well enough and didn’t make their advantage count.
All credit to Dundee though as they managed the game exceptionally well and thoroughly deserved their win. Glasgow will now look to bounce straight back in their home tie against St Andrews University next Wednesday.