AFTER a tough start to the season, Carnoustie under-16s got back to winning form, inflicting a heavy defeat on Kinross on Sunday.
After one heavy loss and three narrow defeats it said a lot for the team to put on their new strips and come out to face Kinross with a positive outlook.
From the kick-off it was clear they meant business and the forwards dominated the opening five minutes, tying in the opposition forwards to allow the backs a run at their opposite numbers. There was only one winner with clean ball seeing Rhys Findlay cross for Matthew Burgess to add the extras.
As with every kick-off they faced, Carnoustie fielded cleanly with Rice, Tyrrell and Dissel all menacing in the return. A period of fine scrummaging saw the home team dominant in the opposition 22 with first Anthony Franco scoring out wide, followed by Harry Lobban through the centre and Liam Rennie down the blind side.
Kinross had no answer to the scum control at this stage.
Captain Matthew Burgess, playing his first game at number eight instead of his usual stand-off, rewarded the coaches’ confidence with an excellent display of power rugby. His quick thinking in a rolling maul allowed him to tear the ball free and sprint untouched to the line. With his brother Andrew adding his second conversion Carnoustie finished the half well on top.
Half-time: Carnoustie 36, Kinross 0.
All credit to Kinross. In the second half they came out fired up and some bad discipline from Carnoustie saw them marched back several times and, more importantly, gave Kinross the chance to pound the home line which eventually resulted in a well worked penalty for the first score.
It was, however, only a matter of time before the set piece ball being provided by hooker Kyle Howlett and his dominant pack forced gaps to appear.
Liam Rennie needed no second invitation to pounce on a loose ball and crash through from half way, leaving the opposition looking at the back of his new No.13 strip to score under the posts, with Rory Hay converting.
Anthony Franco and Kieran Dissel were both rewarded with tries from good line-out ball when the defence was not able to stop their direct running.
This effectively killed the game as a contest but to the credit of Kinross their heads did not go down and their forwards drove up field and after a series of excellent rucks they freed the ball to score in the corner.
Rhys Findlay had the last word in the game with two power tries from interchanges in the centre to claim a hat-trick on the day, both of which were converted by Rory Hay.
Squad: Anthony Franco, Dhugal Patterson, Chris Blackburn, Kevin Rice, Rhys Finlay, Matthew Burgess, Liam Rennie, Kieran Dissel, David Nail, Ramsay McGowan, Harry Lobban, Rory Hay, Andrew Burgess, Jack Lowe, James Leslie, Calum Noble, Kyle Howlett, Lewis Ball and Dylan Tyrrell.
All in all this was a solid performance by Carnoustie, and one which had been coming for several weeks, despite the disappointing results.
With the split in the league resulting in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes being promoted to Midlands One, it is all to play for in the next fixture which is at home to Crieff at 1 p.m. on Sunday (November 6).