Mackie 2nd XV had an early kick off against Shetland at Redcloak which was played in truly miserable conditions and has done the pitch no favours - 0-24 to the Shetlanders after an error strewn encounter.
It was a quick dash up the A90 to Countesswells where there had been a snow shower during the warmup but the first half weather was actually not too bad.
Mackie 1st XV travelled to Countesswells on Saturday to face an impressive Gordonians outfit who currently sit third in the league in stark contrast to Mackie who sit dead last at the half way stage of the season and looking down the barrel of relegation unless things change soon.
However the Mackie squad had been working extremely hard in training and there is a certain fire amongst the players that has been sadly lacking so far this season. With many of the early season injury worries behind them it was perhaps the strongest squad Mackie have put out all year.
Mackie were playing up the slope and started at a frantic pace and, to be honest, Gordonians never really got a chance to get going.
Two significant early injuries for the home side with big second row going off with a stinger to the shoulder and their stand off struggling from early on.
An early penalty for Mackie by Reddish was quickly followed by a slick backs move try by R Atkins which was converted by Reddish.
Mackie forwards dominated for the rest of the half but Gordonians defended well until the Mackie stand off A Atkins bundled over for an uncoverted score.
That looked like that would be it until half-time but Gordonians managed to get a player sin-binned right on the minute and Mackie took full advantage with Reddish kicking the three points for an 0-18 lead at the turn.
At half time the weather turned plain nasty with sleet and snow coming in horizontally from the East favouring the home side. An early interception try by the Gordonians’ full back narrowed the gap but the Mackie pack then took over proceedings to destroy an hopes of a comeback.
Mackie captain Craig Thomson scored a well worked try from a lineout and maul from eight metres out. Reddish nailing the conversion from the touchline into the swirling hail storm.
Mackie went hunting for the bonus point and were rewarded while a man down to the sin-bin when they rumbled up from their own 22 to the Gordonians 22. Then the seven-man pack upset a Gordonians’ attacking scrum to regain possession. With a resultant scrum, blind side flanker Steve Akauola pounced a loose ball to send the soaked Mackie fans into raptures in gaining a bonus point for 4 tries.
Final score 5-32 (not what the SRU website says)
It was a great all round display by Mackie which was reminisent of some of last seasons gritty wins.
They are a long way from being out of the dangerzone but no doubt the guys believe they have their destiny in their own hands and if they play like that for the rest of the season then it could get tasty down the bottom of the table.
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