Stewartry 87, Loch Lomond 3
This first meeting between the two clubs kicked off on a bright but chilly and breezy afternoon.
An inauspicious start by Stewartry saw the ball go straight into touch from the kick-off.
But the pattern for the afternoon was set when the home side turned over the visitors’ first scrum and this dominance in the set piece – both scrum and lineout – became the norm for the rest of the game. What was more surprising yet great to watch was the skill shown by both forwards and backs in moving the ball around the park – something which has been missing in some previous games.
The match itself was a very one-sided affair with Stewartry dominant in all aspects of the game. The problem of giving away far too many penalties continues, however, and is an area where some serious attention has to be paid.
There were some memorable moments during the match when tremendous incisive breaks were made only to fail to utilise sometimes a three-man overlap. In another move which looked like it had come straight out of Strictly Come Dancing, John Kerr waltzed and pirouetted has way down the park only to become so disoriented that his pass to the supporting runners was miles forward.
Stewartry opened the scoring seven minutes into the game with an excellent finish in the corner by TJ McCarney. Stewartry went on to score a further 12 tries of which 10 were converted by Craig Mosey and only conceded three points against to give a final score of 87–3 to the home team.
Stewartry’s try scorers were: John Muir (6), TJ McCarney (3), John Kerr (2), Ian Fenwick and Craig Mosey (1 each).
This was a great team effort with everyone including the substitutes performing well and if this momentum can be maintained things will look good for the rest of the season.