Carnoustie HSFP maul Moray ahead of crunch clash with leaders Gordonians

Carnoustie's Danie Van Niekerk bursts through for a home try. Photo - Willie Coleman
Carnoustie's Danie Van Niekerk bursts through for a home try. Photo - Willie Coleman

Carnoustie HSFP 61-8 Moray

Carnoustie played Moray from Elgin in the Caledonia Shield competition in the first game between the two sides for several years.

Overhead conditions were good and the pitch firm as Carnoustie got the game underway.

The home side had the upper hand in the early stages but could not turn field position into points and it took until 15 minutes before they opened the scoring; after they received a penalty, took a quick tap and ran the ball wide, they up a drive then ran the ball through the forwards for Danie Van Niekerk to pass the ball to Stewart Millar who ran through unopposed for the touch down.

Danie Van Wyk added the conversion.

Carnoustie failed to deal with the restart and then conceded a penalty, allowing the visitors to open their account, but they came back strongly and from a scrum Gareth Johns ran through to break the defence and touch down, with the conversion added.

The home side fielded the restart and immediately pressed on through the forwards, with David Campbell finishing off a good handling move by touching down under the posts and again the conversion was added.

Carnoustie lost focus as half time approached, losing a line out which Moray hacked along the ground and won the race to touch down, but it was too far out for the conversion.

Moray got the second half underway with Carnoustie fielding and gaining a penalty and winning the line out, but the ball was turned over.

Carnoustie soon settled down and set up a drive from a scrum before breaking off and when checked, set up another drive, with Johns touching down and with the conversion added.

They fielded the restart and with the aid of two penalties made good field position before sending the ball swiftly through the hands for Danie Van Niekerk to finish off and again the full points were added.

Moray then made a rare visit to the home half, but kicked ahead too strongly allowing Carnoustie to touch down and from the drop out they regained the ball and drove forward, recycled and went wide through the hands, before bringing the ball back infield for Michael Downie to touch down and again with the conversion added.

Moray by this point fell completely out of the game and from a tap penalty, Van Nierkerk again broke the defence to touch down, and again with the conversion added.

Moray’s play was very loose and a wayward kick was fielded and played through the hands from right wing to left, where Anthony Franco was waiting to finish off a flowing move, but this time with no conversion.

With time running out, Carnoustie again pressed forward and with the ball flowing through the hands found Millar in space to stroll through the defence and touch down and with the conversion added.

Team: D Van Wyk, A Shepherd, G Johns, R Coates, M Downie, L Campbell, D Findlay, D Campbell, N Bowles, A Schweizer, S Millar, O Schweizer, A Franco, D Van Neikerk, I Reid, K Watt.

Tomorrow Carnoustie are away to Gordonians RFC who are undefeated in the league this season and sit top of the table.

After last Saturday’s demolition job against Moray, Carnoustie will be hoping for another good performance, but with Gordonians playing so well it’s a big ask.

The game will kick-off at 2 p.m.

BT Caledonia League Division One

Gordonians RFC 5 5 0 0 25

Glenrothes 5 4 1 0 20

Highland 4 4 0 0 19

Caithness RFC 5 3 2 0 15

RAF Lossiemouth 5 3 2 0 15

Dunfermline 5 2 3 0 10

Strathmore RFC 5 2 3 0 10

Carnoustie HSFP 5 1 4 0 7

Hillfoots 4 0 4 0 0

Mackie Academy FP 5 0 5 0 0