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