BLAIRGOWRIE RFC 24 v CARNOUSTIE 18
With both teams undefeated a close game was anticipated. Carnoustie travelled with only 15 players due to 17 call offs.
Carnoustie kicked off and almost immediately conceded a penalty giving Blairgowrie field position. In early play Carnoustie were unfortunate to lose a man to injury and with no substitutes faced approx. 70 minutes a man down. They hung tenaciously for almost 20 minutes before losing two quick tries with one conversion.
Carnoustie, despite their difficulties they took the game to their opponents and before half time Michael Jamieson crossed twice with one converted. Half time came with the game all square.
Blairgowrie restarted the game with Carnoustie pressing forward. The defence were penalised and Michael Jamieson put Carnoustie in front for the first time. Blairgowrie pressed forward but the defence was solid forcing the ball carrier to lose possession over the line. The score was only delayed when Blairgowrie picked up from a five meter scrum and drove over. The conversion was missed, but the lead had changed hands.
Again Carnoustie pressed forward, gaining and converting a penalty to restore their lead. In the latter stages of the game the fourteen men were completely drained and in the last two minutes Blairgowrie forced their way over the line to touch down and convert.
Carnoustie during the game had two yellow cards so at times were only playing with 13 men. This was a great game for the players and although beaten gained a valuable bonus point.
Team : M.Docherty : N.Galligan : M.Whyte : M.Jamieson : J.Donnachie : C.Blackmore : D.Findlay : C.Henderson : K.Murphy : A.Neil : R.Blyth : J.Forster : D.Christie : O.Hughes : K.Ritson.