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Megan in the right place at the right time

Megan in the right place at the right time

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Gary Heatly talks to Ladies XV prop Megan Maciver

It is the dream of every prop to score the winning try in a big match - and Megan Maciver did just that for the Ladies XV on Sunday.

The team were taking on Hillhead/Jordanhill in the final game of the Tennent’s Women’s Premier League at Myreside.

Hills had already clinched the league title the week before, but Watsonians wanted to finish second in the table with a flourish and show their rivals from Glasgow just how much they have improved.

And they did just that when, trailing 25-23 after 79 minutes of great action, they showed composure to keep the ball alive for a number of phases, and replacement front-row Megan was able to go over for a dramatic winning try bang on full-time.

“The Hillhead game was incredibly well contested and it was great to see and be a part of it,” the 28-year-old said.

“The last few minutes were very tense, I don’t know how many phases we kept it alive knowing that any mistake would end the game in a loss."

“In terms of the winner, well I didn’t really do much other than reach over the line - the hard work was done in the phases leading up to it - but it felt pretty awesome.”

Megan started playing rugby when she very young. She said:“Having four brothers I don’t know if it was an option, but definitely a way of life, the sport is huge in my family!

“I played minis for West Linton/Penicuik. After minis I stopped for a while and then when I was 17 I joined Melrose Ladies and played there for 10 years before joining Watsonians when Melrose folded due to lack of players.

“I was dual registered in 2016/17 and have been with the club ever since. I love getting to play rugby at this level and the style that Watsonians play is very exciting to be a part of.

“I haven’t been very lucky with work this year and have only played in the last two games of the season, coming off the bench. In some ways I get more nervous coming off the bench into games. You’ve had the whole game to analyse what’s happening and you hope to come on and make the difference that your team needs.

“We now start the build-up to the Cup and in 2019 I hope that the team keeps going forward in this way and keeps getting better and better.”