Portobello v Dalkeith
Dalkeith visited Portobello for the first time in a couple of seasons in this SRU Shield pool stage fixture. After winning East League 2, the visitors would be keen to test themselves against East 1 opposition in advance of next Season.
Edinburgh Northern v Dalkeith
After last week’s promotion sealing performance, Dalkeith travelled into Inverleith Park to face Edinburgh Northern, knowing that a win or high scoring draw would secure promotion for the team to East League-1 next year. The conditions were far from favourable for champagne rugby, with the ground soggy underfoot and a chill cross-wind driving intermittent heavy rain.
Dalkeith v Trinity
With a healthy lead atop the table and only three league fixtures remaining, Dalkeith were facing Trinity Accies at Kings Park, knowing that a victory would secure promotion to East 1 for next season. However, the previous encounters between these two sides have been fairly tight affairs and no one would be taking the opposition lightly.
Penicuik v Dalkeith
It was back to league business for Dalkeith, with a visit to old foes Penicuik for the local derby. Despite missing Reid, Graham and Steven Hamilton, Dalkeith were hopeful of maintaining their lead atop East League 2. Although the light frost had melted the ground was wet and sticking and the conditions did not look likely to allow a fast paced game.
Dalkeith v Inverleith
After last week’s comprehensive league defeat to Dalkeith, the Arboretum men would not be relishing another visit to Kings Park for the immediate rematch, in this first round SRU Shield game. Both teams showed several changes from last week, but Dalkeith’s back division still held plenty of punch.
Dalkeith v Inverleith RFC
Dalkeith were hopeful of getting back to winning ways against visitors Inverleith RFC, following last week’s disappointing first loss of the season. However, several regulars were unavailable for the home side, including McMillan, Graham and Brown, with Walker, Dalhstrom, Andy Hamilton and Rae also out injured.
Forrester v Dalkeith
Dalkeith travelled to Forrester RFC, hopeful of holding onto their unbeaten league record, but conscious that Forrester were also going well in East 2 and boasted an unbeaten home record so far this season.
Dalkeith v Earlston
The latest instalment in Dalkeith’s League 2 campaign was a fixture against Earlston RFC at Kings Park. The return fixture earlier in the season had produced a fairly comprehensive win for Dalkeith, but the home players knew better than to take any side from the Borders lightly. Dahlstrom was still missing from the home ranks, but Walker, Ramsay and Cassidy returned to the match day 22 and McShane retained a spot on the bench.
Lismore v Dalkeith
Dalkeith’s so far impressive league campaign took them to Inch Park, for the away fixture against Lismore RFC. Dalkeith were still not at full strength, missing Dahlstrom, Walker, McMillan and Davidson, necessitating veteran hooker McShane making a welcome return to the 1st XV to cover the front row. However, Dalkeith were facing a Lismore side which was having an even tougher time of it, shorn as they were of nearly a full 1st out XV through injury.
Dalkeith v Berwick RFC
Dalkeith welcomed Berwick RFC to Kings Park for a top-of-the-table clash, with these two teams being the form horses in East 2; Dalkeith unbeaten and Berwick with only one defeat, against Dalkeith, on the opening day of the season. Captain and stand-off Clugston was missing for the home side, meaning veteran Smith took over the number 10 shirt.