Steve Cully Memorial Rugby Match – Sunday 16th September Photo report

Everyone involved with the Steve Cully Memorial Rugby match would like to thank all the players, sponsors and spectators who turned up in large numbers, despite the pouring rain and other attractions, to cheer on the lads on the pitch.

LBP and Scottish Legend players before kick off

A large crowd was treated to a rendition of Flower of Scotland by Ronnie Browne from the Corries, accompanied by Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band.  Prior to kick off by the full size players, Steve’s kids Josh and Hannah kicked the first kicks of the day.

Hannah and Josh get the game going

Gregor Townsend kick off

Gregor Townsend got the game going and showed his customary skill throughout, despite a barrage of banter from in house hecklers, sorry commentators, Peter Wright and Richie Gray, who made a fair attempt at refereeing the game for Sean Scott with words of advice throughout.

Stuart Reid who was a Scotland International, lined up for his other team, LBP, and was seen leaping upwards at the first lineout to take clean ball. Despite seeing most of the ball , LBP failed to really get out their own half and after a bit of pressure by the Steve Cully select they went over for the first try. In recognition of the advancing years of some of the players the game was played in four 20 minutes quarters and at the end of the first it was 7-0 to the legends.

The Steve Cully select continued where they finished the 1st quarter running in an early unconverted try to make it 12-0 followed by a breakaway try by Gavin Brown to make it 19-0. LBP got their first points on the board with a try from close in which was unconverted, making it 19-5 at halftime.

Scott Hastings showing the power and drive which was his hallmark, burst one tackle and off loaded a pass to his right, sadly for him he was in the crowd by the time the pass was made. Gregor Townsend then added another try to make the score 5-24, which is hardly surprising as the eagle eyed Peter Wright had spotted that the legends now had 17 players on the park. Craig Joiner who looked a wee bit too fast for most on the pitch then run in another try to make it 29-5 and bring the 3rd quarter to a close.

Stuart Reid at lineout

The final quarter seen a few personnel changes made to the ranks and Doddy Weir all six foot umpteen of him, sneaked on to the pitch for LBP, Gary Armstrong, playing for LBP by this time ,made a fine break, but he was turned over and tiring legs could not prevent a breakway try to make it 34-5.

Peter and Richie commentating, refereeing and entertaining

With scant regard for the rules, players made their way onto the pitch to bolster numbers and in a scene not out of place at Rugby school, LBP forwards took the ball in and scored, we think, at the far corner to make the final score 34-10 for the Scotland Legends.

However the main aim of the day had been to remember our late colleague and friend Stevie Cully and raise money for the charity CHAS, both of which had been accomplished with a good deal of fun and a fair bit of style. Stevie would have approved.

Scottish Legends and LBP teams at end