Grangemouth 0, Stewartry Sirens 77
Stewartry Sirens made the trip north to Grangemouth for their final game prior to the league entering its play-off stages.
It has been a very successful season so far for the girls and they were keen to keep the momentum going and maintain their position at the top of the table.
The game kicked off in good conditions and, after a slightly slow start, the Sirens got into their stride and broke the deadlock in the fourth minute after a well taken try by Hannah Sloan. It was her first of eight touchdowns, a new Stewartry club record.
Only three minutes later another five points came in their favour after an excellent break by number eight Dawn Currie. She beat three players and offloaded out of the tackle to player of the match Kirsty McCleary, who ran an excellent support line and went straight between two defenders to score under the posts.
Some good play by the forwards making the hard yards up front, tying the Grangemouth defenders in, allowed the backs space to run with the ball in hand. This became the story of the match, as Stewartry forwards dominated the contact and allowed the backs the space to put in the tries.
Sloan scored a further seven, captain Sammy Durnan, who had been setting up tries all afternoon with some great offloads, crossed the line with a very well taken try of her own. Winger Jo Steel was also on the score sheet after appearing from nowhere to get on the end of a Durnan offload and beat three defenders to score. McCleary produced a strong kicking display, converting the majority of the tries to add to the scoreboard.
It was a very positive game for the girls but was marred by a serious injury to one of the team’s longest serving players. Currie, who was making a big impact on the game with her trademark bullish runs, sustained a badly broken and dislocated ankle in the 50th minute. She will be sorely missed by the team throughout the play-off stages.
The Sirens are always happy to hear from any women keen to play rugby, regardless of experience. Get in touch with any players or visit the Stewartry Sirens on Facebook.
By Sandy Currie