CARNOUSTIE HSFP travelled to St Andrews to play Madras on Saturday in the second round of the Regional Bowl, hoping to improve on the previous week’s result.
The conditions overhead were good and the pitch soft, but holding. The visitors kicked off with Madras fielding, but conceding a penalty for offside.
FPs found touch and won the line-out and sent the ball wide, but then knocked on. In their next attack, Carnoustie gained a penalty which was tapped and driven, but when they were stopped, a penalty was conceded.
The Fifers found touch, but FPs stole the line-out then immediately knocked on. Madras won the scrum sending the ball wide and finding space on the flank to cross for the try which was also converted.
Play went back and forth with both sides gaining and losing penalties, scrums and territory, before the visitors ran the ball and were stopped with a high tackle. The penalty found touch and Madras won the line-out, but were then bundled into touch. However, they stole the ball from the Carnoustie throw and nipped down the unguarded touchline to score in the corner, but this time too far out for the conversion.
The restart was fielded by the home team and handled, enabling a break to be made down the wing, before being forced to touch. Madras then drove the ball hard before going wide, but were stopped.
Half-time: Madras 12, Carnoustie 0.
Madras started the second half by failing to clear the 10-metre line and from the scrum the visitors kicked. The Fifers fielded and returned the kick, which Kyle Burwood ran back, but when he was stopped, a penalty was awarded to Madras who kicked to touch.
From the line-out the homesters were penalised for failing to release the ball on the ground. FPs tapped the penalty and drove, only to lose the ball and allow Madras to kick. Although Carnoustie charged the ball down, the bounce went in the homesters’ favour, enabling them to field the ball and touchdown at the posts again with the conversion added.
From the restart, FPs gathered the ball and drove strongly, only to be held up over the line. They won the scrum and CHRIS RANKIN, now playing at scrum-half, slipped down the narrow side to touch down, but he was unable to add full points.
The home team restarted with Carnoustie fielding cleanly, but conceding a penalty. Madras kicked to touch then won the line-out and gained a penalty, which they drove, but then knocked on.
The Angus men were penalised at the scrum and Madras tapped and went wide finding space to cross out wide, but failed with the conversion.
FPs restarted with the home team fielding and driving, before knocking on. Carnoustie won the scrum and drove, gained a penalty, tapped and drove again, gained a further penalty and set up a series of strong drives before JON PAXTON broke off the back of the drive and forced his way over the line with CHRIS RANKIN adding the extra points.
Madras restarted with Carnoustie returning the kick and Madras again drove, but allowed the ball to run loose and the referee blew for time.
Team: Nicholson, Cook, Burwood, Rankin, Thoms, Winger, Jeffrey, Hall, Murray, Dow, Downie, Coates, Addison, Franco, Paxton, Bowles, Shepherd, Donnachie, Newth.
With the EMC Autumn Test on for the next two weeks Carnoustie’s next game is December 1, at home to Alloa.