Storm “Kev Franco” blow’s away Dundee Uni Medics (DUMS v Carnoustie Match Report 15/02/2020)

Storm “Kev Franco” blow’s away Dundee Uni Medics

Three scores from Kev Franco, two from Mark McQueen and one from Michael Downie as Carnoustie see off close league rivals Dundee Uni Medics.

Credit to DUMs for making sure the game went ahead. Recent terrible weather and storms had caused huge problems across the country and postponed a lot of games. However, this game was moved from Morgan’s pitches to the new state of the art Caird Park facility and their 4G pitch. The surface wasn’t effected by the torrential rain and so the game went ahead as planned. Saturdays are for rugby and a little bit of rain wasn’t going to spoil that.

DUMs kicked off and Carnoustie didn’t hesitate to get the party started. They capitalised on some handling errors to get themselves deep into the home side’s territory. After a few quick phases, Mark McQueen, found himself in plenty space and crossed over in the corner for the first try of the game. Conversion missed.

Several moments later Carnoustie came hammering into the opposition’s 22 again, with some nice offloading from the backs and some hard running and rumbling from the forwards. Mark McQueen found himself in space out on the wing and went over the line. This time he made the kick easy for himself and ran in under the posts. Conversion made by Mark McQueen.

Tries were coming thick and fast as Carnoustie again made short work of making their way into the opposition’s 22. This time the Kev Franco love train pulling into station, as he, with the help of two forwards driving him from behind, ploughed through the Medic’s defence and touched down for the score. Conversion missed.

Downie, secured the bonus point as he picked up Carnoustie’s4th try of the game. He collected the ball in an unassuming position but when you’re 15 stone of prime Scottish beef on the hoof, it’s easy to sprint 60 metres down the park, swatting away defenders as you go and dive over for the 5 points. Conversion missed.

The Medic’s wanted to join in on the fun and replied instantly to bag a try of their own. Their stand-off glided through a gap in the defence and played a 2 on 1 beautifully to put his man over in the corner. Conversion made.

HT – Wetter than an Otter’s pocket

The break took the drive from Carnoustie and the away side seemed to go into cruise control. The momentum shifted to the Medics and after 20 stale minutes, their 12 ran it in from their own half without much hassle and dabbed the ball down under the posts. Conversion missed.

The DUM’s score only woke the sleeping giant though as Carnoustie replied with a brace of tries. One from a rolling maul and one from bullying a scrum against the head until the ball popped out, Kev Franco, the man to touch down on both occasions. Both conversions missed.

The match was all but wrapped up but DUMs had the final say as they grabbed the last try of a very entertaining game.

Full Time Score:

DUMs 17 – 32 Carnoustie

An all-round team performance in some fine Scottish weatherfor Carnoustie as they continue to romp to the title. Special mention to Danny Findlay, who is a deceptive player (he’s slower than he looks), for taking charge of the team while head coach Chris Rankin was away.

Déjà vu for, Kevin “the bus” Franco, as he picks up Man of The Match again for an incredibly physical display against the Dundee team, which constantly gave Carnoustie front foot ball and the winning edge.


Forwards: Simpson, Neil, Campbell, Henderson, A. Franco, Hughes, Beresford, K. Franco

Backs: S. Franco, Findlay, Forteath, Downie, Whyte, McQueen, Blackmore

Replacements: Murphy, Queen, Nicoll, Ritson, Donnachie, Gibson, Sangster

Next game is at home to Falkirk 2nd XV on the 22nd of February 12:15pm KO

Old Boar, Same Old Tricks (Kinross v Carnoustie 25/01/20 Match Report)

Shep’s Pitch Side Scoop


Old Boar, Same Old Tricks


Fitting that on the King George V playing fields, The Boars gave Kinross a royal arse kicking. A veteran’s performance from Owen Hughes helps Carnoustie maintain their winning streak.


Before we all addressed our haggis on burns night, Carnoustie played away to Kinross to continue their bid for the title. Kinross has been a tough place for Carnoustie to go in recent years and has always been a hard-fought contest. The Kinross-shire men have proven difficult to break down this season and boast the best defence in the league having only leaked 80 points to Carnoustie’s 141.

The early stages had Carnoustie on the front foot and were camped in the home side’s half for long spells. Some big hits and blitzing defence repelled Carnoustie; clear evidence of Kinross’ impressive defensive record. First points came when the defensive press put too much pressure on Carnoustie and the Kinross winger intercepted a flat pass and ran in 60 metres to go under the posts. Try converted.

The Boars replied instantly from the resulting kick off and forced their way down into the opponent’s 22. From a line out Carnoustie continued to bash their way towards the Kinross try line, eventually crossing it with Owen Hughes being the man to touch down. Try converted by Mark McQueen.

Carnoustie took the lead shortly after in similar fashion with Craig Henderson bullying his way over this time. Conversion missed.

Craig found himself in a spot of trouble soon after scoring as he was caught being up to no good off the ball and received a yellow card for his actions.

Just before half time young Shaun Franco got himself another try to go two tries in the last two games as he followed up on a signature battering run from his brother Kevin and sneaked his way over the line. Conversion made by Mark McQueen.

HT – Absolutely Baltic.

The second half started with Kinross camped in Carnoustie’s half but Carnoustie’s defence stood firm. Craig Henderson came back on after serving his time in the sin bin and Kinross received a yellow for a high tackle.

The game became far more fluid in the second half and the ball was getting chucked around for fun by the away side. Carnoustie made several smashing runs through the opposition defence as Kinross was broken down and their impressive defence became porous. One run of note by resident old man of the team, Owen Hughes. He glided through a huge hole in the defence and made a burst for the line as if there was somebody with single glazing windows in Kinross’ in-goal area.

Kevin Franco picked up the last try of the game as he burrowed over from a short distance after a penalty. Conversion made by Mark McQueen.

Full Time Score:

Kinross 7 – 26 Carnoustie


Another good showing from Carnoustie and another bonus point win before a short break for the Six Nations Championship beginning. Usually moan of the match goes to Owen Hughes but for his powerful performance and senior display he received Man of The Match.



Forwards: S. Murphy, Neil, Simpson, Henderson, Nicoll, Hughes, Beresford, K. Franco

Backs: S. Franco, Findlay, Forteath, Downie, Whyte, McQueen, Blackmore

Replacements: Martin, A. Franco, Ritson, Patterson, K. Murphy, Queen


Next match is away to Dundee University Medics on the 15th of February at 3pm

Rampant Carnoustie Can’t Be Stopped (Carnoustie v Kirkcaldy 18/01/2020 Match Report)

Carnoustie continue their unbeaten run at home against Kirkcaldy and pick up another bonus point win at “The Den”


A defeat away to Kirkcaldy is the only skid mark on an otherwise clean pair of pants for Carnoustie this season, which came in the opening round. The boars were looking to clean themselves up in the return home fixture and contine their winning streak in a charge for the title. The conditions much the same as last week; cold, wet and windy, and the ground soft underfoot meant it was going to be a tough battle against stern opposition.

The game was eeksie-peeksie, an 80-minute arm wrestle. A large amount of handling errors meant there was a lot of scrummaging for the forwards and not much happening for the backs in the loose. First points came around the half hour mark when Michael Downie pounced on a slack ball from Kirkcaldy and ran in it over the whitewash. Conversion missed.

The most electrifying man in Caledonia Midlands Division 2, Kev Franco, made a typical battering run combined well with high flyer, Mark Gibson, to bring Carnoustie up the pitch. The ball was knocked on 5 metres out from Kirkcaldy’s line. The away side looked to clear their lines from here with a box kick only to be charged down and land in the grateful hands of Reece Nicoll who touched down for another 5 points. Conversion missed.

Shaun Franco turned his recent impressive form to points and scored a great try with a breath-taking finish in the corner. Conversion missed.

Final points for Carnoustie and the bonus point clincher came in the form of a Ryan Beresford smash over the line from short range. Converted by Mark Gibson.

Kirkcaldy also scored two tries and converted one but who cares when the final score was Carnoustie 22 and Kirkcaldy 12.


Final score:

Carnoustie 22 – 12 Kirkcaldy


The match was fiercely contended with both teams doing a lot of the “ball up the jumper” stuff as is typical of rugby in that weather. Carnoustie proved to be the more physical and their hard work payed off with an impressive win, though I’m sure there were a lot of sore bodies.

Another great team performance for Carnoustie made the beers taste that much sweeter. Special mentions for Angus Sangster who was noted to run like a gazelle on the wing and made some big hits when called upon. Michael Downie, who runs around like a Labrador, always wanting the ball and proved to be a big physical presence once more in the backs. But Man of The Match plaudits go to Ryan “The Rash” Beresford, who was everywhere at openside flanker and a constant nuisance for the away team.


Forwards: Campbell, Neil, S.Murphy, Nicoll, Henderson, Hughes, Beresford, K.Franco

Backs: S.Franco, Findlay, Sangster, Downie, Whyte, McQueen, Gibson

Replacemets: Donnachie, Rankin, Patterson, Hainey, K.Murphy, Queen, Fraser


Next game is away to Kinross at the King George V playing fields 25/01/20 2pm KO

Superman Wears Kevin Franco Pyjamas (Carnoustie v Panmure 11/01/2020 Match Report)

Kev Franco, the big physical number 8 bags a brace of tries and an assist to help Carnoustie see off close top of the league rivals, Panmure.

It’s a happy new year and half way through the season. Most of us are starting our new year diets or have thrown in the towel already. Carnoustie rugby, however, find themselves in a top of the league clash against their local rivals. Panmure sit 2nd with the best points forward in the league, just behind Carnoustie. With the wind swirling the rain and the ground soft and boggy, the stage was set for a real battle of attrition.

Carnoustie were aggressive in contact from the get go, constantly putting Panmure under the cosh but Panmure stayed in the game from capitalising on the home side’s unforced errors. This gave the away side the opportunity to open the scoring through a penalty, opting for posts and bagging the 3 points.

Carnoustie immediately put the press back on Panmure after the restart this was epitomised by Shaun Franco charging down their clearance kick forcing them to stay camped in their own 22. Eventually the pressure turned to points as the forwards bullied their way through the Panmure defence with a rolling maul; Kev Franco crossing the white wash for the 5 points. Mark Gibson converted for the 2.

After the restart the usual problems for Carnoustie started again and Panmure kept in the game living of these unforced errors and bagged another 3 points from the boot.

As the game went on the play opened up as the players got used to the conditions. Carnoustie implemented their game plan pulling Panmure from side to side across the pitch, always pushing them backwards. This caused a big hole in the away defensive line allowing Kev Franco to ship a beautifully weighted pop pass for the half man half horse hybrid, Michael Downie. He burst through and galloped 40 metres down the pitch to pick up the 5. Try converted by Mark Gibson.

Carnoustie were relentless and dominant. Just before half time they pushed a scrum over from 5 metres out from the Panmure line, with Kev Franco putting the ball down for his 2nd try. Conversion missed.

HT – Hot drinks and pies served by the pitch. Perfect for the cold weather. The pie was lovely.

The 2nd half was almost a stalemate with the only points coming from a penalty kick for Carnoustie by Mark Gibson. Tired legs began to show for both sides and the game became a slug fest. Carnoustie managed to see out the last 10 minutes of the game with 14 men after Steve Queen receiving a team yellow for persistent fouling.


Final score:

Carnoustie 22 – 6 Panmure

Because of the conditions it wasn’t going to be a day for fast flowing rugby. It was a day to front up and impose your will on the opposition. This was summed up by the Panmure captains’ words after the game giving full compliments to Carnoustie saying they are “the best team in the league”.

It was a great team performance in front of a huge crowd at Shanwell road, with stand out moments from Michael Downie, Shaun Franco, Mark McQueen and Danny Findlay, ever present leading the team. But Man Of The Match merits go to the big South African in tiny shorts, Kev Franco, who had this to say after the match, “I’m just here for the pie and beans!”.


Forwards – Simpson, Neil, Campbell, Nicoll, Henderson, Hughes, A. Franco, K. Franco

Backs – S. Franco, Findlay, Forteath, Downie, Whyte, McQueen, Gibson

Replacements – Beresford, Queen, Murphy, Forster, Ritson, Sangster, Donnachie


Next game is the 18th of January at home to Kirckaldy 2nd XV. 2pm KO at Shanwell road.




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Smyth Composites Reinforcing The Boars

NEXT GAME: Carnoustie Rugby v Dundee Titans (Tuesday 27th August, Mayfield Sports Centre, 7pm KO)

Carnoustie Rugby are delighted to announce Smyth Composites as a club sponsor through the 2019/2020 season!

Smyth Composites, formed in 1988, are a premier manufacturer of Glass Reinforced Plastic flat sheet products based in Carnoustie. The company supplies customers all over the United Kingdom, as well as several countries in Europe and has recently began to work with organisations in the USA and the Middle East.

You can check out their website at

We thank Smyth Composites for their support over the next season!

Prime Signs Ltd signing up with Carnoustie Rugby!

Carnoustie Rugby are pleased to have Prime Signs Ltd as a sponsor for the 2019/2020 season.

Established in 1995, Prime Signs Ltd are a Carnoustie based company who specialise in graphics and signage where they supply all over the UK. Their services include Window Graphics, Shop Fascia Signs, Vehicle Graphics, Digital & Vinyl Graphics, Vehicle Wraps, Tray Signs, Illuminated Signs, Projected Signs, and Stand off Lettering.

You can find Prime Signs Ltd on Facebook or call them on 01241 858400.

Thank you to Prime Signs Ltd for their support over the next season.

Links Cabs supporting Carnoustie Rugby from A to B!

Carnoustie Rugby are delighted to announce Links Cabs Carnoustie as a sponsor for the 2019/2020 season.

Links Cabs Carnoustie are the only 24 hour, 7 days a week service in the area. They can provide transport for all occasions where they have 4, 6, and 8 seat vehicles available. They are also the largest supplier of airport transport in the area as well as specialising in golf tours and executive hire with having local, national and international clients on their portfolio. Links Cabs also cater to wheelchair users with their wheelchair accessible vehicle which can hold up to 4 passengers plus a wheelchair passenger.

You can call Link Cabs Carnoustie on 01241 853853 or email [email protected]

A big thank you to Links Cabs for their support throughout the 2019/20 campaign!

Registration and Rugby Force Day!

This Sunday 18th of August, we will be having our registration day at Carnoustie High School from 10:30am to 12:30pm! 🖊

Registration will be open for Mini Rugby (P1-P7) and the School of Rugby (S1-S4) for both boys rugby and girls rugby! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

We have also rescheduled our Rugby Force Day for this Sunday to run from 10:30am to 2pm! 🙌🏉

Come along, bring a friend and get involved! 🔴⚫️🐗

RBS Rugby Force Day


Our RBS Rugby Force Day will take place on the Sunday 11th August from 10:30am till 2pm at Carnoustie High School!

There is lots going on so come along and get involved! 🔴⚫️🐗