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Ready for Lift off!

The Eagles travel to Cramlington today to face the Rockets in Round 4 of the NERL. The game see’s the remaining two unbeaten teams in 2022 come together in what is set to be a great encounter knowing that the winning streak for both sides is on the line.

The travelling squad for the Edinburgh Eagles is:

Joe Anderson

Danny Bete

Andrew Brown

Pedro Canakaivata

Lewis Clarke (c)

Ross Combe

Gregor Fraser

Niall Hall

Rory Hamilton

Inosi Korovavala

Mikey Mair

Callum McKay

Ratu Babuka

Craig Robertson

Bill Seru

Benji Sumrie

Sean Taylor

Cammy Thores

Petai Vidaleba

Orisi Waitbuta (vc)

Alex Williams

Craig Wishart

It’s a 1.30pm kick off at Eastfield Playing fields, Cramlington, NE23 2UD.

Will the Eagles return unbeaten? We sure hope so! Let’s go Eagles!

EDINBURGH FLY HIGH IN THE BATTLE OF THE EAGLES!

Edinburgh Eagles (30) 46 Tries: Canakaivata (3), Tawanayavulala, Waibuta, Robertson, Bete, Mair, Taylor.

Goals: Williams (2) Clarke (2) Tawanayavulala (1)

Wallsend Eagles (10) 28

Man of the Match: Orisi Waibuta

Edinburgh Eagles travelled to Wallsend to play their first North East Rugby League (NERL) fixture since 2019 in Round One of this year’s league competition.

Eagles eventually ran out winners (46-28) in the warm, sunny weather in a highly competitive and entertaining match which one spectator was heard to say “It was played by both team in the spirit of the game.”

The first half was all about Edinburgh as the forward pack with their strong carries laid the foundation for the tries that would follow. Prop forward and Edinburgh’s man of the match, Orisi Waibuta (Foxy) opened the scoring after he broke the Wallsend defensive line and raced in from nearly halfway. Alex Williams stepped up to kick the conversation and Edinburgh had a 6-0 lead.

It was the turn of the backs next to get in on the act as Pedro Canakaivata scored the first of his 3 tries of the afternoon, then player Coach, Craig Robertson and finally that man Pedro Canakaivata again with a wonderful interception try took the Edinburgh lead out to 20-0 after Williams landed only 1 of the 3 conversions.

The score did not really tell the tale of the match and Wallsend were at last able to make headway as they scored 2 tries and 1 conversion to bring the score back to 20-10 to Edinburgh.

The 1st half was yet over and there was time for Danny Bete followed by Mikey Mair to score tried which took the half time score to 30-10 to Edinburgh after Captain, Lewis Clark scored one of the conversion attempts.

Whatever the Wallsend Coach said in his half time talk must have worked and the game completely changed. Wallsend now started to dominate and scored 4 unanswered tries to bring the score back to 30-28 – fortunately for Edinburgh, only 1 of the 4 conversion attempts were successful.

Edinburgh had lost their way, conceding penalties for silly infringements which reflected both tiredness and inexperience after 2 seasons of very little competitive Rugby League at this standard.

For all this, Edinburgh are known for a stout defence and it was on display here, the game break came on around 70 minutes as Edinburgh were finally able to make the switch to attack and Pedro Canakaivata scored his 3rd try of the afternoon to give Edinburgh a 36-28 lead after Lewis Clarke added the extras.

Being 2 scores down and time running out was too much for Wallsend and it was Edinburgh who finished the game strongly as Ross Tubuna converted his own try and then Sean Taylor finished the scoring with a try out wide to make the final score 46-28 to Edinburgh.

The Eagles celebrations were started with a traditional Fijian Hymn led by the Kilted Fijian members of the team.

Edinburgh’s next game is at home on Saturday (14/05) to Catterick Crusaders at Royal High School. Everyone is welcome, so come along and get behind the Eagles!

Keep an eye out on our social media channels during the week for more details.

IT’S AN ALL EAGLES AFFAIR!

Tomorrow, Saturday 7th May 2022 marks the return of the NERL season and what better way to kick off the campaign with an all Eagles affair.

Edinburgh Eagles return to the North East for the first time since being crowned champions in 2019, following the hiatus due to Covid and they will be looking to clip their opponents wings for the very first time.

The squad have worked hard in pre-season and we caught up with Head Coach Craig Robertson after the final training session this week.

I have been really pleased with the efforts of the boys over the last few weeks as we have geared up to the launch of the season. Wallsend away for the first game of the season is set to be a tasty encounter and as tough as they come for a season opener. However preparations have gone well and we can’t wait to get out on the pitch come 2pm on Saturday.

Scotland’s premier Rugby League club will be looking to soar high as they look to return with a win and the 2 points.

The travelling squad to face Wallsend tomorrow is:

Alex Williams
Apenai Kororua
Andrew Brown
Bill Rokobuli
Callum McKay
Craig Robertson
Danny Bete
Inosi Korovavala
Jacob Holt
James Elliot
Joe Anderson
Keni Dakuidreketi
Lewis Clarke (c)
Mikey Mair
Orisi Waibuta
Pedro Canakaivata
Roserutabua Tawa
Sean Taylor
Spike Birkett
Tom Murray
Tom Tulele

For any fans looking to travel down to support the team, the game kicks off at 2pm and will be played at Wallsend Eagles RLFC, St Peter’s Field, Caesar Way, Wallsend, NE28 7JN

Let’s go Eagles! (Edinburgh that is!)

EAGLES BACK THE RFL ENJOY THE GAME CAMPAIGN!

Ahead of the 2022 playing season, Edinburgh Eagles are fully committed to supporting the RFL’s Enjoy the Game campaign.

Enjoy the Game is for everyone involved in Rugby League – Players, Coaches, Match Officials, Volunteers / Administrators and Spectators – in every club from Superleague to Community clubs like Edinburgh Eagles.

By adopting Enjoy the Game, the Eagles share the aim of the RFL and Scotland Rugby League to create and sustain positive surroundings to create fun, safe and inclusive environments.

We want everyone to Enjoy the Game.

Further information about Enjoy the Game, including the codes of conduct for Players, Coaches, Match Officials, Volunteers / Administrators and Spectators, can be found on the RFL website or by clicking on the link below

https://www.rugby-league.com/governance/campaigns/enjoy-the-game

GILL APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF RUGBY

Edinburgh Eagles are delighted to announce that Martyn Gill has joined the board of Edinburgh Eagles as Director of Rugby ahead of the 2022 playing season.
Martyn, from Yorkshire, has extensive experience of business and project management backed with a good Rugby League pedigree of having coached at Castleford Tigers, Newcastle Thunder and most recently in Wheelchair Rugby League with Leeds Rhinos and England Wheelchair RL.


His first action will be to undertake an analysis of the Eagles current on and off field activities on behalf of the board to identify the best back office structure and changes that could be made to our on field playing activities so progress made pre Covid continues to allow Scotland’s premier community rugby league club to continue to grow in Edinburgh.

There is still time to become involved as a volunteer or player with the Edinburgh Eagles family. If you are interested, please get in touch through our social media channels.

Martyn attended his first session just 24 hours after his appointment to meet the team and Coaches.

EAGLES SECURE SECOND

In the final game of the regular season, Edinburgh Eagles travelled to fellow North East league newcomers West View Warriors in the knowledge that anything but losing would guarantee second place in the table and, more importantly, a home tie in the first round off the play-offs.

For Hartlepool-based West View, this game was equally important as although, like Edinburgh, they had already secured a place in the play-offs in their debut season in the competition, a victory brought about a whole number of complicated possibilities that could see them finish second based on head-to-head results.

It was the hosts who opened the scoring in the early stages, capitalising on an Eagles error. The visitors nerves were settle when Mikey Mair crashed over, closely followed by Matt Hart minutes later. None of the tries were converted which meant the Scottish outfit lead 4-8, but the Warriors levelled matters shortly after.

A period of dominance for Edinburgh Eagles resulted in a purple patch before the break. First Lewis Clarke, in his first game back since picking up an injury at Peterlee, then Mair with his second and Craig Robertson added tries, one of which Mair converted giving a half time score of 8-22.

After the restart, Mair scored his third try of the afternoon, giving him hat-tricks in successive games, and added the extras to make it 8-28 but this only served to spur on the Warriors who scored two unconverted tries to bring them back within two scores. For their sakes, if only their kicker had brought his kicking boots!

Mair added try number four before West View scored again and this time kicked their first (and only) goal of the day to make it 22-32. Both teams benches were starting to become depleted through knocks and, in the case of the home side, work commitments so with the game finely poised heading in to the final quarter, fatigue was going to be a major factor in the warm conditions.

The Eagles scored next through Kaharau Kaihe and a typical Jonny Quinn poachers effort which was converted by Doug Watters to give seemingly comfortable 20-point cushion. West View weren’t done though and scored another try of their own but Dougie Thomson restored the gap and Watters extended it.

The home side refused to give in, adding a try before Robertson had the final word with a score in the corner on the last play of a highly entertaining game. Final score West View Warriors 30-52 Edinburgh Eagles.

The result means the Edinburgh Eagles finish 2nd to Jarrow Vikings, having lost the head-to-head at Jarrow earlier in the season, and face third placed Cramlington Rockets at home in the play-off first round on Saturday 27th July.

Next up though is the Scottish Cup final versus Strathmore Silverbacks at Lochinch Sports Pavilion, Glasgow on Saturday 20th July, kick off 2:00pm. The two clubs under 16’s teams will play as a curtain-raiser at 12:15pm.

Photo courtesy of Alex Florence.

EAGLES SHOW THEIR TALONS

On Saturday gone, the Edinburgh Eagles produced a dominant display against a spirited Durham Tigers in the last home game of the regular season. The Eagles however still face a tough trip to fourth-placed West View Warriors this coming weekend, where avoiding defeat will see the reigning Scottish champions secure second place in their debut NERL season and, more importantly, a home tie in the first round of the play-offs.

A strong crowd, buoyed by thirty-something Tigers’ fans, enjoyed an entertaining game played in ideal conditions. Despite the dominance of the home side, who went ahead through a Mikey Mair in the opening minutes, the Tigers players never took a backwards step all game and gave their all right up to the final whistle.

The Eagles forwards laid the platform with big carries, hard hits and, in the case of Mair, more tries as the hosts scored raced in to a 26-0…..a Mair brace plus one a piece for Matt Hart, Lucas Reid and Kaharau Kaihe plus three Matt Hogg goals. The Tigers steadied the ship and got themselves on the board with a converted try before Mair completed his hat-trick and Hogg added his fourth goal just before half time….32-6 at the break.

The second half was much the same as the first with the Eagles forwards doing the hard work and the backs scoring the points as a brace of tries from Hart completed his hat-trick, plus there was a double from Ross Marwick and one each from Vili Cikaitoga, Lennox Baselala, who had Cikaitoga to thank for giving him the easiest try he’ll ever score. Not wanting to let the big lads down, forwards Terry Logan crossed the whitewash and Kaihe added his second try of the game. Hogg added another two goals, and when he left the field, Kiwi Kaihe knocked over four goals.

The visitors joined the second half points party with another two tries of their own plus one successful conversion to give a final score of 76-16 in favour of Edinburgh Eagles.

Everyone at Edinburgh Eagles would like wish a speedy recovery to our own Craig Quigley who sustained a season-ending wrist injury, plus an equally quick recovery to Durham Tigers player Stuart Hann who unfortunately faces a spell on the sidelines having suffered a broken thumb.

A huge congratulations goes to our under 16’s who played their first ever game of rugby league on Sunday at Strathmore Silverbacks and ran out convincing 50-22 winners. The names Necani Racava and Kini Ravuravunisali will go down in Eagles history as the scorers of the first ever try and goal respectively at junior level.

Cover photo courtesy of Amanda Macleod

EAGLES STRIKE LATE TO TAKE WIN

Saturday saw Edinburgh Eagles face their namesakes Wallsend at Royal High, in the first round of the North East Cup. The game was a repeat of last years final which saw the Eagles from south of the border take home the trophy after a hard fought 36-28 win so, the Scottish Eagles were out for revenge, particularly given Wallsend’s forfeiture in the league the previous week.

The fact that it was a first round clash was probably a disappointment for both clubs and some neutrals given how closely contested the final was but as the saying goes “that’s the luck of the draw”, and no doubt there’ll be some parties glad the two met so early on in the competition.

Unfortunately the sunshine of last year’s game had gone awol and the constant drizzle of Scottish springtime meant that neither side could demonstrate their attacking abilities in a game which remained an error-strewn arm wrestle from start to finish.

The visitors made the best use of the conditions early on and raced into a 0-10 lead with two tries and one goal, before Edinburgh player-coach Craig Robertson got his first of the game in his first appearance of the season. The same player bagged his second short-range four pointer shortly before half time but, with the hosts leaving their kicking boots at home, they remained two points down at the break, 8-10.

The second period started brighter for Edinburgh, although not for the weather, as Vili Cikaitoga grabbed his first try for the club. The conversion attempt was missed but the home side lead for the first time in the game.This lead was extended to six points when Robertson scored his hat trick try, but yet again the kick was missed so the score remained 16-10.

Wallsend hit back with a try of their own in the corner, narrowly missing the conversion to bring them back within two points. Then, in what seemed to be a miscalculation of the score line, the reigning champions knocked over a drop goal to leave Edinburgh 16-15 up.

With Edinburgh holding on resolutely, the second forty seemed never ending and in the dying minutes, a quick play the ball saw Wallsend slice through a tired, retreating home defence to score next to the posts and the second successful conversion of the day gave the visiting team a 16-21 victory in another evenly matched contest between the two Eagles.

Eagles tries: Robertson (3), Cikaitoga

MoM: Vili Cikaitoga

MAIR MAGIC FOR EAGLES

With more than 25 registered players unavailable for one reason or another, Edinburgh Eagles were a little short of numbers for the weekend’s trip to Catterick. Two late withdrawals meant that the team travelled with only 15, five short of a full match day squad, for the first away game of the season. Debuts were handed to Scotland under 19 players Mason Cullen and Matty Ferguson.

The rain during the warm-up gave way to sunshine but the heavy downpour resulted in difficult conditions and a number of handling errors due to the slippery ball in the early exchanges. On thirteen minutes it was the Eagles who broke the deadlock with Craig Quigley getting his second try in as many games. Following a penalty, the ball was moved wide to the Edinburgh left finding Quigley who powered over despite the attention of two defenders. George Nixon added the extras to make it 0-6.

It was a tight first half which saw both sets of forwards trying to set the platform for their respective backs and it seemed only a matter of time before the home side scored, getting over the try line three times only to be thwarted on each occasion by the visitors last ditch defending. And it was another Eagles forward, the returning Terry Skeet, who was next on the score sheet. The big prop charged over in typical fashion from close range to put Edinburgh 0-10 up. The score remained that way at half time.

The second half started brightly for the visitors when Jonny Quinn got over the whitewash for a try, goaled by Lewis Clarke, but Catterick replied almost immediately to make it 6-16. Coach Craig Robertson has instilled the importance of fitness in to his convocation this season and it showed as the Eagles next hit a bit of a purple patch with tries from Clarke twice and Mikey Mair plus two Clarke goals which gave a comfortable 6-32 lead.

The hosts never gave in and had the final say with a deserved converted try in the closing stages after the Eagles misjudged a kick in to the in-goal area, giving a final score of Catterick Crusaders 12-32 Edinburgh Eagles.

Eagles:

Tries – Clarke 2, Quigley, Skeet, Quinn, Mair

Goals – Nixon, Clarke 3

MoM – Mikey Mair