Stewartry trip is wasted

Former Scotland captain Chris Paterson visited Stewartry RFC, where he met some of the stars of the future

Former Scotland captain Chris Paterson visited Stewartry RFC, where he met some of the stars of the future

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Clydebank 7, Stewartry 5 (match abandoned after 41 minutes)

Stewartry had a wasted trip up to Clydebank on Saturday as the referee collapsed with a leg injury in the first minute of the second half.

On a day perfect for running rugby on the finest pitch in RBS West Division Two, Clydebank took the game to Stewartry from the start, kicking deep into the Blacks 22. The Bankies were more than a match for Stewartry in the scrum and went ahead in eight minutes with a disputed try in the corner. As the Bankies winger went in for the score a number of his team-mates turned away, saying unlucky that his foot was in touch but the touch judge’s flag was not raised and the referee gave the score. The conversion gave them a 7-0 lead.

Stewartry battled back and 10 minutes later two scrums on the Bankies’ line gave Martin Smith the chance to burrow over for a score which found the referee unsighted and the try disallowed.

Just before the half-hour, John Kerr broke to the halfway line where he released prop Stuart Broll, who ran through to crash over in the corner for his first try for the Stewartry first team. Disappointingly for him, it will be deleted from the records as the game will have to be replayed.

Clydebank kicked off the second half but the referee collapsed with a pulled a hamstring and could not continue. With no-one able to take over, the game was abandoned.

Stewartry: J Fingland, C Fenwick, K Riddick, D Boyd, T J McCarney, C Mosey, J Farquhar, S Broll, D Burton, I McMorran, M Smith, R Porteous, S McCulloch, J Kerr and I Fenwick (captain)

This week Stewartry are away to RBS West One club East Kilbride in the RBS Shield at Strathaven, kick off 3pm as the East Kilbride pitches are under repair.