Carnoustie HSFP 39, Blairgowrie 7
Carnoustie entertained Blairgowrie in their last home game of the season having won the away game by a mere three points.
The weather was fine and the pitch, although soft in places, was in a relatively good condition.
The FPs got the game under way with a well placed kick, and quickly followed up, allowing them to secure the ball in an attacking position. A series of strong drives were set up with COLIN MURRAY making the touch down, but with no conversion.
From the restart Carnoustie fielded cleanly and again set up several drives to gain a penalty for offside, which NIALL SWANSON converted.
Carnoustie stayed in the ascendancy turning the ball over, but also making mistakes, which allowed Blairgowrie back into the game, but they too came up with handling errors, particularly at the line out.
The home side upped a gear, driving well and then going wide and Blairgowrie attempted an interception, but knocked on. From the scrum Owen Hughes broke and he fed a well-timed pass to DANIE VAN NIEKIRK in support and he did the rest with a strong run and side step to touch down and with the conversion added.
Carnoustie fielded the restart and ran the ball, making ground and establishing good field position and from scrum ball they drove strongly, recycled the ball, and broke blind with an overlap which was utilised with a touch down from GARETH JOHNS and the conversion by BRUCE LANGLANDS. This brought the half to an end.
Half-time: Carnoustie HSFP 22, Blairgowrie 0.
Blairgowrie got the second half under way and immediately gained possession, initially driving and then going through the hands, to break up the left wing and touchdown with the conversion added.
Carnoustie restarted and Blairgowrie knocked on, but they recovered the scrum ball only to be pressured into turning the ball over and with FPs clearing deep into the visitors’ territory. Carnoustie then set up a drive, recycled, and came on the blind side with quick hands allowing KEVIN FRANCO a clear run to the line, but although it was too far out for a conversion, the bonus point was safe.
Blairgowrie restarted with the home side fielding and going wide, but knocking on and Carnoustie then set up a drive before going through the hands and kicking deep. The visitors’ throw from the line out wasn’t straight and FPs won the scrum and, with quick hands, allowed winger JASON DONNACHIE to touch down, but with no conversion.
Blairgowrie restarted with the home side returned the kick and gained a penalty which was tapped, but nothing developed from it and from scrum ball the visitors kicked deep into the 22, where Carnoustie fielded and opted to run the ball before kicking, but it carried out on the full.
The home side then ran the ball well, but were pulled up for a forward pass. Blairgowrie trying to push them back, tried to chip the ball ahead, but Carnoustie fielded and with quick ball found JASON DONNACHIE in acres of space which he used to good effect to touch down and BRUCE LANGLANDS added full points to bring the game to an end. This was a good display by Carnoustie and they fully deserved their win.
Team – Coates, Winger, Addison, Van Niekirk, Donnachie, Swanson, Findlay, Campbell, Bowles, C. Murray, Macdonald, Fraser, Reid, A. Franco, Hughes, K. Franco, Christie, E. Murray, Stewart, Rankin, Langlands, Barnett and Johns.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Carnoustie are away to Glenrothes 2nd XV who currently sit bottom of the table so they will be hoping to keep the winning run going. This game will kick off at 12 noon.
RBS Caledonia League
Division Three Midlands
Results – Carnoustie HSFP 39, Blairgowrie RFC 7; Glenrothes 2nd XV0, Kirkcaldy 2nd XV 95; Grangemouth 2nd XV 19, Fife Southern 25; Crieff and Strathearn 40, Howe of Fife 2nd XV 57.