Carnoustie picked up where they left off, before the pandemic, continuing their winning streak with a bonus point win over Kirkcaldy 2nd XV. A busy day for Ali Neil as he picked up a yellow card, two tries and narrowingly dodged buying the post match jugs.
The long wait for amateur rugby is over as Carnoustie travelled to Kirkcaldy to kick off the new season. A lovely Fife day in Beveridge Park set the stage for new coach Mike Avis’s first competitive match at the helm.
Kirkcaldy got the much anticipated match underway. Carnoustie started well and it seemed like there wasn’t an 18 month gap since their last league match. It didn’t take long for the early pressure to tell and after some good phases, Tight head prop Ali Neil crashed over for the opener. Fly half Mark Gibson missed the conversion but made the penalty that Carnoustie won moments later.
Kirkcaldy started to get some joy as Carnoustie’s ill discipline started to creep into the game. With the home outside centre getting 3 points after being awarded a penalty. The away side reacted brilliantly though as Shaun Franco, who nicks more balls than an electric razor, stole the ball from the opposition 9’s hands at the base of a scrum. The ball went wide with some brilliant quick hands and running lines, which saw try machine Michael Downie touch down. This time Mark Gibson got the conversion.
Kirkcaldy managed to stay in the game feeding off Carnoustie’s ill discipline, especially around the breakdown, with too often the away side were found to be too eager to steal the ball. Through this they managed to mount the pressure on Carnoustie for a change and picked up another 3 points from a penalty. Ali Neil then fell victim to being “too ahead of the game” as he tackled a Kirkcaldy player before he had the ball, 5 metres from the Carnoustie try line. This saw Ali sin binned and Carnoustie down to 14 men for 10 minutes. Kirkcaldy then powered over from the following phases for their first and only try of the game. Kirkcaldy also got the conversion.
Being down to 14 men didn’t slow Carnoustie down too much as again they marched into Kirkcaldy’s half and showed their attacking flair with lovely offloading through the contact and eventually Lewis Thoms powered over for the score. The conversion missed.
HT Score: kirkcaldy 13 – 20 Carnoustie
Carnoustie were then back up to 15 men just after half time and continued piling on the pressure. Clever play from Captain Mitch Whyte, stabbing the ball through, allowing the speed merchants to chase. Kirkcaldy’s fullback managed to recover the ball only to find Shaun Franco supplexing him into touch 5 metres from the home side’s try line, Jack Forster battered over from short distance following the resulting lineout. The conversion was missed.
Kirkcaldy kicked the restart only to find the away forward pack hungry for more. Stalwart Owen Hughes caught the kick off and put the galloping Jack Forster through a hole in the home side’s kick chase. It was poetry in motion as Jack then drew in the fullback and popped the ball to flanker partner Tony Franco who then offloaded to Shaun Franco who then finally offloaded to Ali Neil to dive over for the score. A beauty!
The match then got stale, with a mixture of ill discipline from the away side and better defensive play from the home side. The final score came in the dying moments of the game as the marauding mullet Jim Docherty received the ball in the opposition 22 and chicaned his way over the line.
FT Score: Kirkcaldy 13 – 35 Carnoustie
An impressive start to the season for Carnoustie as they picked up the bonus point on the road against a tough opponent. They showed real attacking intent and clearly wanted to play fast free flowing rugby which was great to watch. Ali Neil had an eventful outing finding himself on the score sheet and in the sin bin. Ryan Beresford made a great impact off the bench in the second half to inject some life into the game again and young Shaun Franco was everywhere and barely put a foot wrong. Jack Forster put in a towering display at blind side flanker in attack and in defence and was awarded the Man of the Match for his work.
Dave Campbell, Nathan Bowles, Ali Neil, Reece Nicoll, Scott Murphy, Jack Forster, Tony Franco, Owen Hughes, Shaun Franco, Mark Gibson, Jim Docherty, Mitch Whyte, Michael Downie, Callum Forteath, Lewis Thoms
Craig Henderson, Ryan Beresford, Steven Queen, Kieran Murphy
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** SIX NATIONS **
All games will be screened live at Club Lounge.
This Saturday will be Scotlands first game in Six Nations.
Scotland v Italy ki off 2.15pm
There will be Italian Pizza available for a donation.
Saturday 9th February
Scotland v Ireland kick off 2.15pm
Food will be Guinness Stew for a donation.
Saturday 23rd February
Madras v Carnoutie kick off 3pm
Supporter Pre Match Lunch, then bus to Madras
More details on seperate post
France v Scotland kick off.15pm (match will be recorder and played when all back from Madras)
Saturday 9th March
Scotland v Wales kick off 2.15pm
Food today will be Tattie and Leek Soup for a donation small.
Saturday 16th March
England v Scotland kick off 5pm
Food will be available.
All the other fixtures across the Six Nations will be shown at Club Lounge or Bar Area.
REMEMBEO GET T YOUR SWEEPY IN BEFORE THE 2ND
Dundee University Medics 10 v Carnoustie 19
After a long holiday break both teams took time to settle into a constructive game. Carnoustie were mainly in a defensive position but defended their line strongly, before breaking up field and pressing the defence back. Eventually the pressure told with Tony Franco Touching down with the conversion added. The Medics again pressed forward and from clean scrum ball broke the defence to touch down, the conversion was missed. The Medic again had field position but resolute defence by Carnoustie kept them at bay until half time.
Carnoustie restarted the second half but in a period of ascendance dropped a ball in mid field allowing it to run loose, the Medics winger hacked the ball ahead and chasing up quickly regathered to touch down, the conversion was missed. Carnoustie eventually got on top with a series of drives deep in the home twenty two before Rob Blyth touched down, the conversion missed. Carnoustie kept the best to last with a series of breaks and keeping the ball moving found a defender out of position to race through the space and touch down at the posts, with the conversion added. A second try for Tony Franco but a real team try. Within minutes the referee brought the game to an end.
Team : M.Gibson : M.Docherty : J.Donnachie : M.Jamieson : A.Shepherd : C.Blackburn : D.Findlay : S.Queen : K.Murphy : C.Henderson : J.Foster : R.Blyth : K.Ritson : T.Franco : O.Hughes : A.Martin : R.Beresford : K.Patterson : S. Murphy : R.Nicoll : D.Christie : S.Millar.
CARNOUSTIE RFC 22 v BLAIRGOWRIE RFC 31
Carnoustie kicked off against the league leaders who cleanly fielded the ball and broke up field before setting up a drive deep in the home twenty two. They gained a penalty which was sent wide of the posts. With the aid of penalties Blairgowrie consolidated in the home twenty two before breaking from a scrum to touch down and convert. Carnoustie lifted the siege to press on the visitor’s line only to turn over the ball allowing Blairgowrie to clear their lines. From deep Blairgowrie broke the defensive line and sending the ball wide only to knock on with the line beckoning. Blairgowrie again drove close to the line but stout defence allowed Carnoustie to clear. From a scrum in mid field Connor Blackmore chipped the ball over the defensive line with Carnoustie securing the ball and playing it through the hands allowing Kieran Ritson to touch down with no conversion. With half time approaching Blairgowrie set up a strong drive from a line out to touch down with no added conversion.
Blairgowrie got the second half going and regathered the ball but the defence was solid. From a deep kick Carnoustie fielded and put the ball quickly through the hands for Connor Blackmore to touch down, again the conversion was missed. Carnoustie kept up the pressure with Mike Downie beating several defenders before being brought down near the line. Having gained two penalties Carnoustie tapped the second allowing Craig Henderson to crash over and touch down with no conversion. Blairgowrie replied by breaking clear down the wing to score and immediately from the restart they ran down the same wing to score and converted both tries.
Carnoustie were rattled and failed to clear the 10 metre line with the restart kick but settled again and from a long clearance kick set up an attacking position, tapping a penalty and driving forward with Connor Blackmore making the touch down and Michael Jamieson converting. The referee blew for full time.
Team : M.McQueen : M.Downie : C.Addison : M.Whyte : C.Forteath : M.Jamieson : C.Blackmore : C.Henderson : K.Murphy : A.Neil : J.Forster : S.Millar : K.Ritson : A.Franco : O.Hughes : M.Docherty : A.Martin : R.Beresford : R.Blyth : K.Patterson : D.Nicholson : C.Rankin
PANMURE RFC 0 v CARNOUSTIE RFC 22
Carnoustie travelled the short distance to Broughty Ferry looking to make it a double against local rivals Panmure having won their home game.
Carnoustie kicked off and secured the kick and drove forward gaining two penalties in quick succession. From the second penalty Carnoustie drove, recycled cleanly and sent quick ball across the field giving Fullback Mark Gibson space to cut back and pierce the defence to touch down and then convert. From the restart Carnoustie were penalised with Panmure finding touch. Panmure lost the lineout allowing Carnoustie to break 70yards downfield. Carnoustie pressured the defence allowing them to charge down a kick. Michael Jamieson was first to react gathering the ball before stepping through a disorganised defence to touch down and convert.
Carnoustie defence was solid and from their own half they broke again with Kieron Ritson charging forward from half way to score out wide. No conversion added. Carnoustie again broke from deep with Conor Blackmore breaking some 7 yards but he was pulled down close to the line and with no support the chance was lost. Nearing half time Panmure made good ground following an interception but the cover got back to pull down the ball carrier. The Referee blew for half time.
Panmure restarted the second half which turned into a defensive game for Carnoustie. They spent the greater part of the half defending strongly to the extent of holding up a ball carrier over the line. On one occasion that Carnoustie got over half way, Michael Jamieson sent a penalty between the posts.
Attacking flair in the first half and solid defence won the day. This was a solid win with every man giving his all for the cause.
Team : M.Gibson : C.Forteath : M.Whyte : M. Jamieson : J.Donnachie : C.Blackmore : D.Findlay : A.Neil : K.Murphy : C.Henderson : S.Millar : J.Forster : K.Ritson : A.Franco : O.Hughes : R.Beresford : D.Nicholson : S.Murphy : M.McQueen : R.Blyth : P.Christie : I.Reid.