Rugby Returns with a Roar: Dumfries & Galloway Teams Back in Action

Domestic rugby in Dumfries & Galloway is back after the summer as every side, both men’s and women’s, have kicked off their 2023/24 campaigns.

Over the weekend, Newton Stewart hosted Falkirk in a game that saw last year’s second and third-placed teams face off in round 1 of National 2. Despite scores from Mark McCornick and Thomas MacDonald, Newton fell short 31-14 in the end.

Dumfries Saints were also at home and lost by just two points against a strong Boroughmuir side 28-26. Although a loss, the Saints picked up two points in National 3 for scoring four tries and losing within seven.

Stewartry started life in the newly-formed National 4 with a 30-29 win over Strathmore at Greenlaw. Captain Angus Lindsay, Lochy Spence and Archie Nicholson grabbed the tries for the Blacks, while the game was won with a last-play penalty kick from flyhalf John Picken.

At Kilmarnock, Annan came away with a long-awaited win at Bellsland after scores from Aitken Render (2), Alex Halliday, Fraser McMillan, Andrew Jancey and James Kirby secured a 38-22 scoreline.

The Stewartry Sirens faced their toughest test yet in the Women’s Scottish Premiership as they played Corstophine Cougars and were eventually beaten 68-0 in Edinburgh.

Annan Warriors struggled to a 70-5 loss to Biggar on Sunday in the Women’s West 1 regional league. Ashley Clark got the score for the yellow and blacks.

Wigtownshire Ladies were also on the wrong end of a 38-5 loss to Greenock Wanderers. Lydia Smith and Carla Campbell, however, put in great performances and were awarded players of the match.

Fixtures this weekend:

Lasswade v Newton Stewart

Hillhead Jordanhill v Dumfries Saints Perthshire v Stewartry

Annan v Dalziel

Wigtownshire v Strathaven

Glasgow Uni Medics v Moffat

Heriots Blues v Stewartry Sirens West of Scotland v Annan Warriors Wigtownshire Ladies v Ayr


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