Newton Stewart RFC v Cambuslang RFC
14th November 2015
BT West Division 1
Newton Stewart RFC went into this match as favourites based on their current form and against a Cambuslang side languishing at the bottom of the league.
With the rain lashing down the game started positively for the Reds. Quick, clean ball handling kept them one step ahead of their opponents and within the first quarter of an hour they scored three tries.
James Wallace (no 8) got the first in the opening minutes of the game with the conversion added by stand off Jamie Muir. The second try came very quickly after, this time number 7 Mark McCornick putting his name on the scoreboard, however the conversion was a trickier one and Muir couldn’t quite find the target.
David Montgomery didn’t take long to ensure the entire back row were in on the scoring, making a bulldozing run through the Cambuslang defence to score the third try for Newton Stewart. Muir added the extras once again.
On the half hour mark James Wallace found his way back to the try line again to secure the bonus point with some powerful ball carrying. Not content yet, he scored again just before the half-time whistle to make it a hat-trick.
After the break Newton Stewart immediately took control again. Only five minutes into the half Montgomery got his second try of the day with a scrabble over the line from close range. Muir converted a difficult kick from out wide.
It was a further twenty minutes before James Wallace was back over the try-line once more to score an impressive fourth try of the match, again following some strong running with ball in hand. Muir converted again.
As the game drew to a close Muir was able to add a try of his own to complete the points tally. Final score 48 - 0.
This was a largely one-sided game with NSRFC dominant in all areas of the pitch. The incessant rain made ball handling and fast footwork tricky at times, but Newton Stewart were still able to play quite a slick game with good offloads, direct running and well rehearsed interplay. Their scrum and line-out were solid, however the breakdown was a weakness for the Reds which allowed Cambuslang to steal the ball on occasion and prevented the home team from scoring further tries.
Man of the Match could be none other than James Wallace for his impressive points tally and insatiable energy despite suffering from a nasty bout of the man flu!
Saturday’s game is away to Glasgow Accies, now the only other unbeaten side in the league apart from NSRFC. This will be the team’s toughest game yet for the season and they look forward to sending a strong team up there in search of a win.
There is a coach trip arranged for the day with supporters welcomed; the bus will Dashwood Sqaure at 10am.