On-fire Carnoustie prove they are just too hot for Madras

Carnoustie HSFP 85, Madras Rugby 3.

Carnoustie continued their quest for league points, on Saturday, against Madras, a team with a good record against them in recent years. The weather was fine and the ground in good condition.

Madras kicked off with Carnoustie fielding and kicking with Madras doing likewise and Carnoustie then ran back the kick and gained a penalty.

Touch was found, the lineout won and the ball driven, but Madras turned it over, only to knock-on deep in their twenty-two.

Carnoustie won the scrum when Danny Van Niekirk picked up the ball and passed to Chris Rankin who found winger MICHAEL DOWNIE in space and he stepped inside the defender and ran to the posts with NIALL SWANSON converting.

The restart was driven, but turned over and Madras kicked to touch and although Carnoustie knocked-on at the lineout, they won the scrum when Madras fumbled the ball.

Carnoustie gave away a free-kick at the scrum which Madras ran, gaining a penalty, which was converted. Carnoustie restarted and Madras drove the ball, but turned it over, enabling Carnoustie to break, but only to knock-on. Madras were penalised at the scrum and Carnoustie found touch, won the lineout and drove, with OWEN HUGHES touching down, but with no conversion.

Carnoustie fielded the restart and drove before breaking with the ball, but knocked-on and they took the scrum against the head and drove, but Madras held and forced the ball carrier to touch. Carnoustie won the lineout and drove again which enabled DANNY VAN NIEKIRK to touch down with NIALL SWANSON converting.

Madras gained a penalty and found touch, but the throw wasn’t straight and Carnoustie found touch from the penalty, but then knocked-on at the lineout.

Carnoustie again took scrum ball against the head and set up a strong drive which allowed IAN REID to touch down and NIALL SWANSON again converting.

Half-time: Carnoustie HSFP RFC 26, Madras Rugby 3.

Carnoustie set the second half in motion with Madras fielding and driving and gaining a penalty which set up good field position, but Carnoustie took the lineout against the throw and set up a series of passing movements which ended with OWEN HUGHES crossing and with the conversion added.

Carnoustie fielded the restart and after taking a scrum against the head ran and passed the ball well to put CHRIS RANKIN in near the posts, with the conversion added. Carnoustie piled on the pressure and ran the ball with pace and CRAIG ADDISON broke the last line of defence to touch down and again the conversion was added.

The home side again put the ball wide and kicked upfield with the ball running into the goal area where ANDY CLARK managed to put his hand on the ball for the try and with the conversion added. Carnoustie then won a scrum and drove with KENNY WARD breaking off to touch down.

The restart was fielded and played wide to winger MICHAEL DOWNIE who raced clear to touch down and again with the conversion added. From the restart, Carnoustie surged forward and from scrum ball they kicked, regathered and again with quick hands put IAN REID through, with the conversion added.

The pressure continued with MICHAEL DOWNIE latching on to a kick and running clear to touch down, but this time with no conversion.

After Craig Addison was stopped by a last minute tackle at the line, Madras failed to clear their lines and the ball was turned over and sent wide for LEWIS THOMS to make the final touch down, again without the conversion and this brought the game to an end.

This was an excellent all-round performance from Carnoustie and, although far from perfect, the building blocks are falling into place and the future looks bright.

Team - R. Coates, M. Downie, A. Clark, C. Addison, M. McQueen, N. Swanson, C. Rankin, D. Campbell, K. Ward, C. Dawson, O. Hughes, O. Schweizer, A. Franco, I. Reid, D. Van Niekirk, N. Bowles, E. Fraser, D. Findlay, L. Thoms, A. Schweizer, C. Murray, A. Shepherd, C. McNicoll.

Other results: Howe of Fife 2nd XV 26, Harris Academy FP RFC 39; Stirling University 19, Blairgowrie RFC 21; Grangemouth Stags RFC v Panmure, postponed; Kinross 22, Alloa 27.

Tomorrow, Carnoustie get a break from league business when the travel to play Grangemouth Stags in the BT Caledonia Regional Bowl Midlands. After losing out to the Stags in the league they will be keen to take revenge in the cup. Kick-off will be at 3 p.m.

BT Caledonia League Division Two Midlands

P W L D TB LB Pt

Alloa 6 5 1 0 5 0 25

Harris Academy FP RFC 5 5 0 0 5 0 25

Carnoustie HSFP 6 5 1 0 3 1 24

Kinross 6 3 3 0 2 1 15

Stirling University RFC 4 2 2 0 2 2 12

Madras Rugby 5 2 3 0 2 0 10

Howe of Fife 2nd XV 5 1 4 0 2 2 8

Grangemouth Stags RFC 5 1 4 0 3 1 8

Blairgowrie RFC 5 1 4 0 0 1 5

Panmure 5 1 4 0 1 0 5