Blairgowrie RFC 17, Carnoustie HSFP RFC 41
Carnoustie travelled to Blairgowrie in their quest for further league points and as, like Carnoustie, Blairgowrie were promoted at the end of last season, a close game was anticipated. The pitch was in good condition.
Carnoustie kicked off with Blairgowrie knocking on, but the home side made good by taking the scrum and Carnoustie strayed offside. The errors continued with Blairgowrie missing touch and Carnoustie getting the ball back, only to lose it again.
Play was scrappy with both sides penalised frequently, but Carnoustie then settled down and exerted pressure on the home line, culminating in a line-out ball being driven to the line, stopped, recycled, stopped again and recycled before OWEN HUGHES dived over the ruck to touchdown, but with the conversion being missed.
From the restart penalties again dominated with the visitors more culpable, but Blairgowrie could not take advantage, missing the post and allowing Carnoustie to touchdown.
Blairgowrie gathered the drop out, but knocked on and Carnoustie then put the home side under pressure with a well judged kick which allowed the ball receiver to be brought down, but the referee judged, unfairly, and again gave a penalty.
Carnoustie began to come back into the game, with field position allowing a penalty to be kicked to the posts, but unfortunately this missed and Blairgowrie knocked on in the act of touching down. The scrum five put-in was not straight, giving Blairgowrie the put-in and then clearing.
The penalty situation continued with Carnoustie finally establishing a strong field position and they played the ball wide, only to turn it over, but Blairgowrie then did likewise. Carnoustie punished the error by running the ball wide for GEORGE LOW to touchdown and NIALL SWANSON converting.
From the restart Carnoustie again lost concentration, conceding consecutive penalties, the second of which was tapped and driven for a touchdown and conversion. From the restart Blairgowrie knocked on and Carnoustie set up a drive from the scrum, recycled and drove again, with IAN REID getting the touchdown, but with no conversion. (7-17) This was the last decisive moment of the half.
Half-time – Blairgowrie RFC 7, Carnoustie HSFP RFC 17.
Blairgowrie restarted with Carnoustie fielding and quickly establishing field position. From a scrum, a drive was set up, the ball recycled and again driven with OTTO SCHWEIZER getting a touchdown on his debut and NIALL SWANSON again added the conversion.
The restart kick failed to travel the requisite ten yards and Carnoustie cleared from the scrum, but the ball went out on the full.
Carnoustie won the line-out ball, putting it through the hands with hooker Kenny Watt breaking clear, before being stopped just short of the line. Blairgowrie were penalised for holding on and after a quick tap, OWEN HUGHES touched down, but with no conversion. Carnoustie fielded the restart, but the clearing kick was charged down, giving Blairgowrie field position and they drove, drew the penalty, tapped and drove again to touchdown, but with no conversion.
Carnoustie restarted and pinned Blairgowrie back, but wasted a promising situation with a loose pass, but Blairgowrie failed to clear and from a line-out, Carnoustie set up a ruck and drove, keeping tight and straight, until OWEN HUGHES broke off the side, into space, to touchdown with CHRIS RANKIN converting.
From the restart Carnoustie made good ground, again gaining a penalty, which was tapped and driven and this time finished by IAN REID, but with no conversion. From the restart Carnoustie knocked on, conceded a penalty at the scrum with Blairgowrie tapping and driving to touchdown, but with no conversion. Blairgowrie set up field position, but Carnoustie stood firm and the referee brought the match to an end.
Team: N. Baldzana, G. Low, G. Johns, C. Rankin, J. Donnachie, N. Swanson, D.Findlay, O. Schweizer, K. Watt, C. Dawson, A. Schweizer, M. Cowan, A. Franco, I. Reid, O. Hughes, D. Campbell, . Shepherd, S. Millar.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Carnoustie play Kinross at home with a 3 p.m. kick-off. There will be a Soup and Sandwich Lunch (£5.00) for supporters, from 1 p.m. in The Lounge in The Stag’s Head.