Ellon trounced!

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Ellon Rugby were on the wrong end of a 76-20 drubbing from Orkney at Kirkwall on Saturday - and drew scathing criticism from their new head coach.

The visitors could only manage three tries, through Mcintyre, Walker and Parker with Dobson adding a penalty and conversion, against the onslaught from the islanders.

Ellon coach, Duaine Lindsay, said: “The performance was shockingly bad. I’ve never been involved in a game like that as a coach or a player. I’m not happy at all.

“Our tackling was not up to anything and our line speed was poor.

“The players just weren’t up for it. They started off the second half like they should have been all game, then Orkney scored again and the heads went back down.

“We didn’t do what we set out to in our game plan and what we have been training for all week.”

Ellon had 18 players declare themselves unavailable for the trip north because of previous commitments.

Lindsay said: “It is difficult having so many players out and fair play to the guys who stepped up, but you are not going to win a game of rugby if you can’t make a tackle.

“The players are all distraught and for that reason I know they’ve taken the loss to heart and they won’t let it happen again.”

With previous losses to Dunfermline in the Caley Shield and Mackie in the league, Ellon will be looking to get their first win of the season against St. Andrews University on Saturday, September 21.

The students will be on a high after a try-bonus 53-29 win at home to Mackie, but Ellon will fancy their chances at The Meadows with the university side’s ropey away form.

Lindsay said: “We will win next week I can assure you of that.

“On the up side of this game, our scrum performed well, taking a few against the head, and that is with key players still to come back into our pack.

“There is plenty to work on this week, but having a completely new backline will be beneficial against St. Andrews.”

The Ellon-St Andrews game kicks off at 3pm at the Meadows on Saturday.