In among the poor weather at the weekend there was a bright spell long enough for a game of rugby to take place at Redcloak, with Aberdeen Wanderers 2s heading south for a league encounter with the men in red.
With two recent losses to their name, Mackie were looking for a revitalising victory with captain Ben Newell pushing for a high tempo and a much needed aggression injection.
The game was a slow starter, the ball gathering weight in the thick mud and players struggling to keep possession.
The Wanderers took a three-point lead after Mackie ruck infringements but this was to prove as short-lived as the good weather.
The classy Mackie backs began to string moves together, cutting lines as sharp as Coach Colin Mair’s tongue.
In a five-minute purple patch, Dave Garden pounced in the corner and Cameron Gray scythed through a smorgasbord of defenders to see the Mighty 2’s take a 10-3 lead into half-time.
Yet, the best was yet to come. Forwards who have for too long remained prudish in the contact area began to hit rucks with gusto and in numbers.
With the ball in hand and in the loose, there were several moments of true offloading lyricism, Callum Reddish providing his own ‘Zebo moment’ with a dummy and switch-pass torn straight out of the Super 15.
Jamie Kindness and James Sadio were omnipresent while Ali Pittendreigh seemed to make light of his gammy back; leaping like a salmon in a scrumcap in every lineout.
Debutant Andrew Dart was as sharp as his namesake in the contact area.
The tries followed shortly, Mathew Greig rounding off a nice move in the corner and Jo Robertson notching up a superb double. Somehow locating space on the wing for his hulking physique, Joe opted to avoid rucking in the latter stages and somehow brought a bit of Bryan Habana to Stonehaven, receiving a beauty of a pass from stand-in stand-off Rawiri Atkins to finish off the day’s scoring. The seconds rather aptly find themselves in 2nd place in the league with a tough away fixture at Dyce to follow. Final score – 25-3.
Team: Callum Reddish, James Sadio, Jo Robertson, Dean Gerrard, Jamie Kindness, Steve Akauloa, Ali Pittendreigh, Neil Owen, Colin Dawson, Ross Gray, Mathew Greig, Kieran Ferguson, Dave Garden, Cameron Gray. Subs: Jason Matahe, Rawiri Atkins, Andrew Dart, Mikey Kelly, Andrew Dart.