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Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 24 February 2013

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Mark Wallace celebrates as Dayle Turner scores his second try
KIRKCALDY 71 HADDINGTON 5

Try scoring has been a problem for Kirkcaldy in the last six months but with the end of the season in sight they have at last discovered the way to the whitewash - sixteen tries coming in the space of two games, eleven against a Haddington side which had taken the win points when the teams met at Neilson Park in October.

Nine different players from the starting fifteen found their names on the score sheet by the end but there was barely a weak link in the team in which everyone contributed to this handsome win. Although a number of players had a case to be man of the match, none matched 18 year old Craig Letham whose place kicking and kicking from hand marked him out. He potted seven of the eight Kirkcaldy conversions, all but one of them from difficult angles. Tactical kicking to put his side into attacking position or force defensive errors complemented his points gathering, making for a day he will remember for a long time.

While Haddington normally took their own lineout ball, they had none of Kirkcaldys accuracy at the touchline. Well rehearsed training ground moves from Shaun Orrs line-out takes sparked off a flood of attacks and with the forwards carrying the ball well. Craig Wilson and Greg Wallace regularly blasted their way past some despairing tackles and with this intensity tries followed.Wilsons try came before three minutes had gone after a stolen line-out ball. Lethams conversion from near the touchline showed that his side were intent on points gathering. Kirkcaldys alertness was again to the fore just after fifteen minutes. Haddington had just heeled the ball near their line but a slow pick up allowed home scrum half Gavin McKenzie to nip in and pick up the ball to score. One of Kirkcaldys trademark lineout moves involving a short throw and pass back to the hooker gave Greg Wallace the third try. The bonus point was in the bag by the thirty eighth minutes when George Mangalo had another of his stampeding runs to the line. To round off any chance of a Haddington come back Mark Wallace got himself on the score sheet with the fifth Blue try. The visitors had to do without the services of Nick Bell and Kris Paterson towards in the end of the half for persistent infringement.

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Greg Wallace is unstoppable on his way to a try in the corner
The half time score of 33-0 quickly advanced after the resumption. Full back Kurt Littlejohn spotted a way ward Haddington pass on his own 10 metre line intercepted and made off, eventually outpacing a posse of chasing defenders. Wilson and Greg Wallace both had their second counters within a few minutes of each other, both successfully converted, the first by Letham and the second by McKenzie. These scores took the Kirkcaldy tally well past the half century mark at 54-0.

By this stage with more than twenty minutes left and the game clearly won and lost,, Kirkcaldy concentration levels dipped a bit and errors multiplied with the loss of a series of penalties.. Haddington had been run so ragged they were incapable of mounting any thing worth while with this unexpected source of possession.

However, the Blues still managed three more tries in nine minutes, two of them from flanker Dayle Turner and the other from Chris Mann. By the end Kirkcaldy had all their replacements on and with a number of players suffering from knocks and bruises their intensity fell away and they discovered that Haddington still had pride to play for even although they had been totally outgunned. Their late efforts had reward with an unconverted try from Graeme Dykes.

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Kurt Littlejohn celebrates his try with Dayle Turner after a run from his own half
TEAMS

 KIRKCALDY:-K Littlejohn, C Mann, J Moffat, M Wallace, J Watson, C Letham, G McKenzie, W Gray, G Wallace, G Mangalo, S Orr, C Wilson, D Turner, R van Rensberg, L Neilson

Replacements: - R Girdler, D Guthrie, C Harvey, A Raeside

HADDINGTON:- N Watt, J Ferguson, J Monu, G Dykes, A Symington, N Bell, R Crichton, G Cockburn, C Harrison, A Laidlaw, B Laing, C Stuart, C Davies, S Gilmour, K Paterson

Replacements: - G Glass, D Bergvall, M Leggat, E Herkes

 

REFEREE

N Kearns (ERRS)

STAR CHECK

3 Craig Letham

2 Dayle Turner

1 Kurt Littlejohn

Cumulative

22 Harvey

14 M Wallace

11 Orr, Turner

10 Neilson

7 Letham

6 G Wallace

5 Porter

4 Letham, K Littlejohn

3 Mann, Gray, Mangalo

2 Fisher, Girdler, Thomson, Brooksbank, Guthrie

1 Oliver, Harper, Wilson, McKenzie,.Welsh

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 May 2013 )
 
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