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Kirkcaldy v West of Scotland (a) Saturday 17 December 2016,  kick-off 2:00pm

 
BRITTLE BLUES BEND TO BORDERERS
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 04 December 2016

KIRKCALDY 10  KELSO 27

From the moment the Blues failed to secure the kick-off ball deep in their own half they gave Kelso an attacking opportunity  which produced the first try of the game before three minutes had been played.  Apart from their own two tries Kirkcaldy had many other scoring chances including three fairly straight forward penalties and a conversion but, for most of the game they played second fiddle to a side which on this form will make a speedy return to National 1 from where they dropped last spring.

The Tweedsiders' pace about the field and constant backing up left the Blues gasping at times and are clearly the most accomplished side they have faced this season.  They had a clear vision and able to exploit any deficiences which arose.  Two of their tries came from cleanly struck cross kicks from stand off Andrew Skeen the first  expertly taken by out wide by full back Craig Dods who shrugged off some despairing Kirkcaldy tackles. 

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KIRKCALDY BATTLE TO VICTORY IN CUP
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 20 November 2016

MUSSELBURGH 27 KIRKCALDY 32

The Blues progressed to the third round of the national cup for the first time since the 2008-09 season in recording the best result of the day in the second round tie played at Stoneyhill last Saturday.  This was the only game of the twelve played where a side beat a team from a higher division.

In the past Stoneyhill has not been a particularly happy venue for Kirkcaldy, not having won there for well over a decade.  This time they also had to overcome having Danny Jennings and Kurt Littlejohn sent to the bin and then with fifteen minutes left,  winger Finlay Bruce was ordered off for throwing and connecting with  a punch, clearly seen by the referee.  Littlejohn's card came late in the game so the Blues had to see out the last ten minutes with only thirteen players against a resurgent Musselburgh.

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KIRKCALDY FALL SHORT - AGAIN
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 06 November 2016

PEEBLES  26  KIRKCALDY 21

Kirkcaldy appeared to be down and out sixteen minutes into the second half at the Gytes as Peebles extended their lead to 26-0.  In the remaining time Kirkcaldy dominated possession and territory as the home side's earlier slickness disappeared.  By the end the Blues were well worth  their losing bonus point and if the game had lasted another few minutes might have stolen an unlikely win.

Not for the first time this season Kirkcaldy finished strongly but failed to make up a first half deficit.  In this Peebles game however they did not concede early scores as in several other games.  In fact they defended strongly and forced the home side into conceding a string of penalties,  blunting their attack.  When in possession Peebles looked to be more than  competent side, moving the ball sweetly at pace and carrying real menace.

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REFEREE RUNS OUT OF TIME
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 30 October 2016

KIRKCALDY 22 GHK 26

Having battled back from a half time 19-3 deficit, a storming second half Kirkcaldy performance had  taken them into a 22-19 lead with thirteen minutes left plus stoppage time. Against the run of play the Glasgow side stole away to claim what proved to be to the decisive score in the 71st minute. 

Just before half time Kirkcaldy prop Mark Henderson had been issued with a second yellow card which became a red in circumstances which were unclear to every one at Beveridge Park apart from referee MacKinnon.  So it was  a fourteen man Kirkcady team which took on dominant opponents in the second forty minutes.

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FIRST HALF BLUNDERS COST KIRKCALDY
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 23 October 2016

BIGGAR 33 KIRKCALDY 22

Although Kirkcaldy took a 12th minute lead through a Jamie Moffat  penalty the Lanarkshire team quickly responded with two smartly taken converted tries from David Paterson and Robbie Lavery both converted by Richard Peacock

Both the Biggar tries highlighted Kirkcaldy defensive shortcomings with missed tackles galore and wayward kicks allowing the home team to counter attack at will

Forwards coach Kenny Fraser lamented afterwards “Almost every game we are giving easy tries early in the game and then giving ourselves a mountain to climb in the second half”.  Although Kirkcaldy cut into the Biggar lead with a 28th minute unconverted try from full back Kurt Littlejohn the Blues were clearly second best in the first forty minutes.

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This Week's Fixtures

Sat 10/12/2016

1st XV 31 Aberdeenshire 31

2nd XV 27 Hillfoots 42

U18 v Ross Sutherland at Beveridge Pk ko 2pm

Sun 11/12/2016

U16/U15 training at 11am

S1/S2 training at 11am

Wee Blues training at 10am

League Table

BT National League Division 2

TeamPlPts
Kelso 12

 52 

GHK 12 50
Cartha QP 12 49
Peebles 12 45
Aberdeenshire 12 40
Preston Lodge 12 32
Biggar 12 29
Whitecraigs 12 27
West of Scotland 12 24
Kirkcaldy 12 21
Ardrossan Acad 12 12
Hillhead Jordanhill 12 1

View full league table on scottishrugby.org

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