Harris FP RFC 0,
Carnoustie HSFP 11.
Carnoustie travelled to the west end of Dundee to meet Harris Academy FP who had lost only the one cup tie this season. The pitch was in good order, but a strong wind blew across the field.
Harris got the game under way with the visitors fielding and kicking and from the first line out Harris sent the ball wide, but were forced over the touch line.
The homesters dominated the early field position, pressing forward to gain a penalty, opting to go for the posts, but the wind carried the ball wide. The drop out was fielded by Harris and again they played the ball wide, but Carnoustie tackled well and the move was stopped.
A further penalty to Harris did not find touch and the visitors returned the kick. The Dundee men continued to dominate without threatening the visitors’ line and the ball, when handled, was either knocked on or the runner was caught in possession. With Carnoustie slowly, but surely, growing into the game a ball was turned over and run back at pace, with an overlap on the wing, but instead of passing, the runner held on and was stopped.
The score was only delayed for a few minutes. Carnoustie maintained field position and drove hard, recycling and driving again with ANTHONY FRANCO squeezing in at the corner, but the conversion fell short.
From the restart Harris again pressed upfield, but a penalty kick to the posts was again carried wide by the wind. The visitors put the 22 drop out to touch on the full giving Harris an attacking scrum, but Carnoustie defence was up to the task and held their own. Penalties were exchanged with little constructive play, bringing the half to an end.
Half-time: Harris FP RFC 0, Carnoustie HSFP RFC 5.
Carnoustie set the second half in motion and regathered the ball, only to undo the good work by knocking on. Harris won the scrum and went wide, but did not draw the defence in and were forced into touch.
At the next scrum the Dundee side again went wide and were forced to touch and FPs, although having less of the ball, were holding firm in midfield. Winning a line-out ball, Carnoustie made ground by running the ball and were unlucky when a defender got a hand to it nudging it forward, but although the visitors had the scrum, the momentum was lost.
The Carnoustie pack by this time were a man down and the scrum struggled and Harris took their own ball cleanly, with FPs then conceding a penalty,
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