Riverside Rock @ Jed Forest RFC
What a glorious weekend for Jed Forest RFC to host their music festival, Riverside Rock. They welcomed bands from all over the borders and had everything from fairground rides to food vans; a little something for everyone. It’s fantastic to see rugby clubs organising events for the local community, as they’re great fun as well as brilliant for local engagement and boosting revenue streams.
New Zealand U20 World Cup Win
Well, if anyone was wondering whether New Zealand would continue to dominate test rugby in the future, the answer is yes; well it is if their U20 team is anything to go by. They beat England 64-17 in the U20 World Cup final this weekend, and it’s safe to say they were spectacular – I genuinely think they would give the Lions a decent match, such is the skill they possess and the high tempo they play at. Bright future ahead – but we knew that already.
England Women Beat New Zealand
The weekend turned out to be a good one for The Red Roses as well, finishing their summer tour with 3 wins from 3, after beating New Zealand. That means they're the no.1 team in the world! The result puts them in great stead for August’s World Cup and should see them entering as favourites to retain their title! Well played ladies.
Scotland’s Finally Get Revenge Down Under
The Boys in Blue faced their bogey team, the Wallabies, needing a win, if for nothing else but their own psyche. Two heart-breaking last minute defeats in the space of 2 years against Australia had shown how far Scotland had come but also emphasised what they could be, if they put a full 80-minute performance together. The weekend’s performance didn’t simply result in victory but an incredible spectacle too. Their 3rd try was sensational and one of the match’s highlights:
7mins 50 secs is a great watch!
Lions Win and O’Brien Plays Captain out of Test Team
Finally; a convincing Lions win! It was a stale first 40 minutes but turned into an exciting contest that the Lions certainly dominated, with their pack doing an incredible job at making vital yards and disrupting the All Blacks play. This subsequently nullified the Maori’s supreme (on paper) back line. Sean O’Brien, who was many people’s MoM, will likely have cemented his place in the test starting XV, alongside the other forwards from Saturday’s win…that means no start for Mr Warburton.