Stewartry 34, McLaren 14
When Stewartry played McLaren earlier this season it began a run of four defeats.
After Saturday’s game, the Blacks had avenged the earlier defeat and were now on an unbeaten run of four wins, moving above McLaren into fifth place in the league.
Both teams were keen to make a good start, and Stewartry won the early exchanges with a dominant scrum.
Cammy Fenwick stole a lineout and drove into the McLaren 22, Stewartry winning a penalty which Craig Mosey converted in only four minutes.
Stewartry were awarded another penalty in 15 minutes but it was missed. Mosey made up for it with a high kick into the McLaren 22 which the McLaren fullback knocked on, giving Stewartry a scrum 15 metres out. Ian Fenwick picked up at No8, passed to scrum-half David Kerr, who put speeding fullback John Fingland in for the opening try.
After a clash of heads in the McLaren 22, the game restarted with a Stewartry scrum 15 metres out. David Kerr led the charge to the line, with Fenwick and Broll in support before Rory Porteous spotted an opportunity to score the second try in the corner, which Mosey converted.
Two minutes later, another Stewartry scrum five metres out saw the Blacks drive over the line for a No8’s touchdown for captain Ian Fenwick. Mosey again converted from the touchline for a 22-0 lead they held into the break.
Stewartry kicked off the second half and were soon on the attack with Cammy Fenwick stealing lineout ball. A quickly taken penalty by John Kerr saw a try disallowed as prop Ian McMorran was adjudged to have knocked on as he touched down.
Cammy Fenwick was next to be denied a try as the referee was unsighted. In the end a penalty try was awarded as Stewartry once again drove over the line. Craig Mosey added the points and Stewartry had secured the try bonus.
A penalty to McLaren saw their kick rebound off the crossbar. TJ McCarney, following up the clearance, made 30 metres into the McLaren half.
Stewartry brought on the rest of their substitutes over a five-minute period as the game opened up. McLaren scored in the 62nd minute when they broke down the left and the conversion was added.
Stewartry replied from the kick-off, winning a scrum deep in the McLaren 22 which at the third attempt Ian Fenwick managed to touch down for his second try and a second double in two weeks.
With eight minutes left, a loose Stewartry pass gave McLaren an easy second score to which the conversion was added.
Stewartry: J Fingland, S Carson, D Boyd, C Ferguson, J Muir, C Mosey, D Kerr, S Broll, D Burton, I McMorran, M Smith, R Porteous, J Kerr, C Fenwick, I Fenwick (captain), TJ McCarney, M McCulloch, L Henderson, S Hogg, D Thomson, K Riddick.
Stewartry’s next game is away to Clydebank on March 15, with the next home game on April 5 against Oban Lorne.
Stewartry Sirens’ final game against second placed Ayr Women (away) is on Sunday, March 30.