A weakened pack saw Ellon Rugby slump to another hefty home defeat on Saturday, this time going down 6-46 to Morgan Academy FP RFC at the Meadows, writes Jack Calvert
Ellon were without forwards Stuart Hackett and Craig Mcintyre who had work commitments, lock Tom Drew because of ankle and knee injuries, captain Kieron Dalgarno who was on holiday, and hooker Ally Edwards who recently departed the club.
The loss of Edwards – who is expected to join an Aberdeen city club – is a blow to Ellon, who sit at the foot of the Caledonia 1 table with just two points.
Against Morgan, Ellon struggled to surpass the visitors’ defence in the first half, resulting in a few break-away scores to leave the half-time score at 6-17. Morgan’s forwards got into their stride after the break and were able to control the game, allowing their side to cross for several more tries. Ellon’s only scores were two penalties from centre Ali Addy in the first half.
With the Dundee side being their closest rivals at the bottom of the table, the defeat leaves the Meadows men in an even more dangerous position as the end of the season approaches.
Ellon forwards coach Ryan Morrice said: “Morgan were solid enough. The breakdown was a bit of a shambles and they were just a bit more streetwise than us around the fringes.
“We only had 17 players and had to draft in a few players from Peterhead. We were competitive in the first half but tired in the second and just never got anything going.
“We had good spells of pressure but just couldn’t convert them to points. Credit to the lads that came to help out as they stuck in to the end.
“Prop Ewan Mcintyre captained the side in Kieron’s absence and led the side by example. He was tireless in his work rate.”