Cambuslang 47, Stewartry 24
Stewartry travelled to Cambuslang with only 16 players in a sport that now sees most clubs using 20 players in a game.
The lack of players for the Blacks was to be their downfall as Cambuslang won for the first time against Stewartry since December 1983.
Stewartry kicked off and it was TJ and Farquhar who were in with the first tackles before Cambuslang scrambled it clear. McMinn won the first lineout for the Blacks before Cambuslang made it into the Stewartry 22 with a five-metre lineout. The home side drove over but it was held up.
Two minutes later the home number 10 opened the scoring with an easy run in, though he missed the conversion. Stewartry’s back row, who had been putting a number of good tackles, were penalised in front of the posts and it was converted to give Cambuslang a lead of 8-0.
Five minutes later Stewartry were on the score board when Porteous won good lineout ball and it was quickly shunted through the threequarters to the other wing where TJ cut in to score his 11th try of the season. Craig Mosey converted.
This boosted the Blacks and good driving play from Burton, Thomson and Farquhar took them to within 10 metres of the line. As play went from one end to the other Stewartry were again penalised and Cambuslang converted a second kick.
In 21 minutes, a scrum against the head saw Stewartry lose possession in front of the posts and Cambuslang scored a converted try. Stewartry replied with Fingland and Carson breaking into the home 22 but the Blacks were soon back deep in their own territory. Fingland stopped the home number eight on the line but from the resulting scrum he broke wide to score another converted try for a half-time lead of 25-7.
From Cambuslang’s kick-off Kerr won the ball and made 40 metres into the Cambuslang half. Stewartry put the pressure on, and Kerr, aided by McMinn, charged through to score his 11th try of the season. The conversion was missed.
A series of missed tackles let Cambuslang in for a fourth try and the bonus point. The conversion was added.
On 50 minutes McCulloch replaced hooker Thomson and Muir came on for the injured Kerr. Within five minutes Muir made a jinking run to the home line, giving Burton the chance to score his first try of the season. The conversion was missed.
Muir, envious of TJ and Kerr now on 11 tries each, soon caught up with them when he and Carson followed up a Mosey kick ahead, charging down the Cambuslang winger’s clearance kick for Muir to pick up and jink his way to an 11th try to which Mosey added the conversion.
Another big kick from Muir took Stewartry back to the Cambuslang line but this time the home defence cleared and a number of missed tackles by the Stewartry defence allowed them in for another score.
Stewartry had no more subs and lost McMinn to injury and the depleted Blacks team ran out of steam in the last five minutes, Cambuslang putting the icing on the cake with two more tries and inflict a fourth defeat in a row for the Blacks. Cambuslang move above Stewartry in the league up to fifth Stewartry now sixth.
Stewartry: J Fingland, S Carson, C Fenwick, D Boyd, TJ McCarney, C Mosey, J Farquhar, M Smith, D Thomson, D Burton, R Porteous, K McMinn, H Sainsbury, J Kerr, I Fenwick (captain), Reps: M McCulloch, J Muir.
This week Stewartry are at home to third placed Oban Lorne with a 2pm kick off.