Surprise defeat kills Ellon top-three finish

ELLON’S hopes of a top three finish in National League 3 all but disappeared after a surprise defeat at the hands of Edinburgh University who had been comprehensively beaten when the two last met at the Meadows.

And yet despite the reverse, head coach Mike Avis found positive points to make about the performance, including the continuing good form of winger David Yuill who continues to score tries.

Yuill’s two tries kept the Meadows side in the game, combined with some fine play in the pack who kept the back line firing, enabling them to score four tries, though badly let down by poor first up tackles.

“Our attack set up was fine, but we were very naive when it came to loose play,” said an exasperated Avis who still believes his side can claim third place after hearing that Garnock had lost at Livingston, though he admitted his charges would be geared to preparing for next season’s campaign.

An away game against Murrayfield Wanderers on Saturday will end the side’s games on the road, leaving them with four home games to boost morale at the Meadows.

“Four home wins would set us up for next year,” said Avis.

In the meantime supporters from the area will be bracing themselves for the prospect of Scotland’s trip to Twickenham on Sunday after three defeats in a disappointing Six Nations campaign.

The Scots inability to score tries in a major source of worry for the faithful, especially as they have the worst try scoring record of the senior nations in world rugby.

Over the last 10 years Scotland has scored only 193 touchdowns, compared to the 525 of New Zealand and Sunday’s opponents England who accumulated 340 over the same period.

The statistic is best reflected in the fact that the last time a Scot scored four individual tries in a game there was a partial eclipse of the sun.

Supporters of the national side will be looking for a blue moon on Sunday, but then given its ability to surprise, you never know.