Carnoustie class tells as they notch up another win

Anthony Franco scores for Carnoustie.
Anthony Franco scores for Carnoustie.

Carnoustie 48, Kinross 5

Carnoustie continued their quest for league points with a home match against against Kinross, who they beat in a BT Caledonia Regional Bowl tie three weeks earlier.

On a good pitch, and with fair weather, Kinross got the game underway with the ball finding touch.

Carnoustie won the line out and kicked to touch and Kinross drove from the line out and gained a penalty, which fell short of the posts and was easily cleared.

Carnoustie took a line out against the throw and went wide, only to lose the ball, but at the next line out the ball wasn’t thrown in straight and Carnoustie won the scrum and with good hands went close to the line.

Carnoustie then took a scrum against the head and drove with DANIE VAN NIEKERK touching down, but with no conversion.

The restart was fielded cleanly by Carnoustie and run, but a penalty was conceded. Carnoustie again went wide, gained a penalty and found touch, but again the throw wasn’t straight.

Carnoustie took the scrum against the head with Danie Van Niekerk breaking on the blind side to field ANTHONY FRANCO who touched down, but again with no conversion added. Carnoustie fielded the restart and with good hands made 40 yards upfield, but then went offside at the scrum, but they made amends when Kinross ran the ball and it was turned over and put wide, with quick hands, for CHRIS RANKIN to finish off with the touchdown, but again with no conversion.

The restart was fielded and played through the hands before kicking. Kinross fielded, but under pressure were forced into a short touch from which Carnoustie drove the line out, recycled and drove again with the touchdown by IAN REID and CHRIS RANKIN added the conversion.

Carnoustie fielded the restart and conceded a penalty. Kinross found touch, but knocked-on at the line out, and conceded a penalty and although Carnoustie failed to find touch, no harm was done as the half was brought to an end.

Half-time – Carnoustie HSFP RFC 22, Kinross 0.

Carnoustie restarted the half with a short kick, but knocked on when attempting to gather the ball. They made amends quickly by taking the ball against the head and playing it wide for DANNY VAN WYK, a substitute at half time, to touchdown and convert.

Carnoustie took the restart cleanly and cleared upfield to touch. Kinross again failed to throw in straight, but Carnoustie, in their haste to press forward, were penalised for feet up at the scrum. Kinross tapped, but knocked-on and Carnoustie won the scrum cleanly and broke down the left to give winger NATHAN BOWLES a run to the line for the touchdown, with full points added.

Kinross restarted with a short kick which they fielded, but the ball carrier was held up and from the scrum, Carnoustie went wide, where the ball was intercepted, but not gathered cleanly.

Carnoustie conceded a free-kick at the subsequent scrum, which was tapped, but then knocked-on and Carnoustie, who were again in excellent field position, won the scrum and broke through the forwards to the left where an inside pass to DAVID CAMPBELL allowed him to run through a gap in the defence to touchdown with full points again added.

Carnoustie failed to gather the restart and knocked-on and Kinross took the opportunity to set up a series of drives which culminated in a touchdown, but with no conversion. Carnoustie kicked off and again the ball was knocked-on.

Kinross then gained a penalty which was run, but Carnoustie turned the ball over and then lost a line out with Kinross clearing.

Carnoustie again went through the hands, but the ball was turned over and the game lost momentum with both sides making repeated errors, but Carnoustie maintained the better field position. Carnoustie finally reassembled their authority with the forwards breaking and driving the ball for OWEN HUGHES to touchdown, but with no conversion. This was the last moment of note with the game coming to a finish.

Team: K. Burwood; N. Bowles; G. Johns; C. Addison; R. Coates; N. Swanson; C. Rankin; C. Dawson; F. Simpson; A. Schweizer; O. Hughes; O. Schweizer; A. Franco; I. Reid; D. Van Niekerk; S. Millar; D. Campbell; K. Watt; D. Findlay; S. Esposito; D. Van Wyk.

With five wins in a row under their belt, tomorrow, Saturday Carnoustie are away to Stirling University with a 3 p.m. kick-off.

Other results: Alloa 53, Madras Rugby 0; Panmure 29, Blairgowrie RFC 19; Grangemouth Stags RFC 24, Harris Academy FP RFC 31; Stirling University RFC 25, Howe of Fife 2nd XV 22.

BT Caledonia League Division Two Midlands


Carnoustie HSFP 3 3 0 0 2 0 14

Harris Academy FP RFC 2 2 0 0 2 0 10

Stirling University RFC 1 1 0 0 1 0 5

Madras Rugby 2 1 1 0 1 0 5

Kinross 3 1 2 0 1 0 5

Panmure 3 1 2 0 1 0 5

Grangemouth Stags RFC 3 0 3 0 1 1 2

Howe of Fife 2nd XV 2 0 2 0 0 1 1

Blairgowrie RFC 2 0 2 0 0 0 0