Bannockburn 7, Carnoustie HSFP 29
Carnoustie High School FP visited Bannockburn on Saturday with a team thin in numbers but with most of the players in their usual positions.
The visitors got the game under way and immediately gained possession and drove, but were forced into touch. The throw in wasn’t straight and from the ensuing scrum Bannockburn cleared and gained further ground from a kick. Although Carnoustie found themselves defending deep in their own half, they kept their composure and cleared.
They then ran the ball and looked to have opened up the defence, but were recalled for a forward pass. From the scrum, Bannockburn gained possession but kicked the ball out on the full, giving Carnoustie good field position.
FPs secured the line-out ball, but it was deemed that a Bannockburn hand had pushed the ball forward and a scrum was awarded. Carnoustie held the scrum straight giving the backs good ball and quick hands got it to NATHAN BOWLES out wide who cut across the defence to touch down, but with no conversion.
The restart was knocked on, but the visitors were penalised at the scrum and Bannockburn won a line-out and a further penalty, for offside, again giving them good field position. The throw again wasn’t straight and from the scrum the Angus men drove clear before giving a forward pass.
‘Burn gained a penalty for offside and found touch in the visitors’ 22, but Carnoustie took the line-out against the throw and played the ball to Danie Van Niekirk. He drove to half way and found CRAIG ADDISON in support who ran clear of the defence to touch down out wide, but again with no conversion.
Half-time: Bannockburn 0, Carnoustie HSFP 10.
The homesters restarted with Owen Hughes fielding and the ball going through the hands before being dropped. From the scrum Bannockburn found touch in the vistors’ half, but again Carnoustie won the line-out and fed the ball. It was sent wide at pace to CRAIG ADDISON who broke the line and ran clear to the posts to score his second try with DANIE VAN NIEKIRK converting. The restart kick went out on the full and FPs drove from the scrum, but were penalised for holding on the ground.
The home team tapped and ran, but were forced to touch and, as before, the line throw wasn’t straight and Carnoustie drove from the scrum and gained a penalty. Touch was found and the line-out ball driven, but knocked-on over the game line. From the resulting scrum, Carnoustie drove before releasing the ball to the backs for NATHAN BOWLES to cross for his second try and ALLY SHEPHERD converted.
The restart was fielded and driven, but the ball was turned over resulting in a series of penalties being conceded, the last one being a metre from the visitors’ goal-line.
The defence was slow to line up and a quick tap and pass put the supporting player through to touch down for Bannockburn with full points added. Bannockburn tapped a further penalty, but knocked on and from the scrum Carnoustie broke with several players handling before IAN REID finished the move off. Again the conversion failed.
Team: Nicholson, Starkey, Addison, Van Niekirk, Reid, Bowles, Shepherd, Scott, C. Murray, Ringsell, Campbell, Rankin, E. Murray, Franco, Hughes, S. Bruce and R. Bruce.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Carnoustie have a vital home game against second placed Crieff and Strathearn with a 3 p.m. kick-off.
RBS Caledonia League
Division Three Midlands
P W L D TB LB Pts
Howe 2nd XV 4 4 0 0 4 0 20
Crieff & Strath 4 4 0 0 3 0 19
Carn HSFP 4 3 1 0 4 0 16
Blair RFC 4 3 1 0 3 0 15
Bannockburn 4 2 2 0 1 0 9
Fife Southern 4 1 3 0 1 1 6
Kirk 2nd XV 4 1 3 0 1 1 6
Grange 2nd XV 4 1 3 0 1 0 5
Waid FP 4 1 3 0 1 0 5
Glen 2nd XV 3 0 4 0 1 0 1