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Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 24 March 2013

HOWE OF FIFE 17 KIRKCALDY 12

After leading 7-0 at half time the Blues eventually had to give way to heavy Howe second half pressure but their industry was rewarded with a late try which earned them a well deserved losing bonus point. Although the Duffus Park pitch had a hint of snow about it the underfoot conditions were good. This was in marked contrast to those overhead. With the temperature just above zero, an arctic wind made life difficult and the players have to be congratulated on producing such a spirited contest.

Although Howe started the game with a mathematical chance of still topping the division their loss at Peebles two weeks previously had all but handed the title and the sole promotion place to the Tweedsiders who were fully expected to canter their way through their final game against Morgan. Kirkcaldy had recovered pride in recent wins against Haddington and Perthshire but were hardly expected to take any thing from this Cupar encounter. Their chances had hardly been enhanced with several late changes including and untried and untested half back pairing.

Whatever Kirkcaldy lacked in pace and technique they more than compensated with a really gutsy defensive showing in the first half and they managed to keep the home side very much in check. The Kirkcaldy pack appeared to have the upper hand at the rucks and mauls and their set scrummage looked comfortable. Their problem lay at the base of the scrum where the inexperienced Richie Castle-Smith could not cope with the delivery. Quite often Kirkcaldy won the ball only to find themselves struggling behind the gain line.

Howe‘s strength lay in their ability to attack from depth but some how scrambling Kirkcaldy defence kept the score sheet blank. One memorable tackle from flanker Dayle Turner halted home stand off Dom Martin after he had raced past half a dozen defenders and a try was beckoning. After withstanding nearly half an hour’s constant pressure Kirkcaldy at last gained a foothold in the Howe 22. Repelled at first, they returned to the attack and after Howe centre Fraser Clark had been binned Kirkcaldy forward pressure on the line forced the referee to award a penalty try, converted by Jamie Moffat just before half time. There was a lengthy period of added time and Howe just failed to score an equalising try although the Blues lost No 8 Liam Neilson to the bin for persistent infringement. The score remained a 0-7 until the break.

Kirkcaldy failed to build on their half time advantage, even with the wind behind them. Howe constantly disrupted Kirkcaldy possession and when the ball came back in the blue side, there was little they could do with it. The home side was now growing in confidence and the back line carried a threat every time it had the ball The Blues were giving far too many penalties and Mark Wallace followed Neilson to the bin. Tries inevitably followed and unconverted scores from Graham Thomson and Stewart Lathangie put Howe in front by the hour mark.

Thomson sealed the game with a solo effort touching down at the posts and Martin converting.

With the game apparently lost, the Blues regained some of their first half form and the final stages of the game were largely in the Howe half. Chances came and went until the ball moved out to the wing and Jamie Watson raced in for the try

TEAMS

Howe of Fife

G Thomson, M Calcutt, A Guthrie, F Clark, S Martin, D Martin, S Lathangie, S Player, C Dow, G Steedman, D Wallace, T Turpie, R Drummond, C Black, C Mason

Replacements: S McGowan, A Honeyman, A Steven, D Millership

Kirkcaldy

J Watson, C Mann, A Raeside, M Wallace, R Low, J Moffat, R Castle-Smith, R Girdler, G Wallace, G Mangalo, S Orr, W Gray, D Turner, R van Rensberg, L Neilson

Replacement:- D Guthrie

REFEREE

S Tomlinson (Selkirk)

STAR CHECK

3 M Wallace

2 R Girdler

1 J Moffat

Cumulative

22 Harvey

17 M Wallace

11 Orr, Turner

9 Neilson

7 Letham, G Wallace

5 Porter

4 K Littlejohn, Girdler

3 Mann, Gray, Mangalo

2 Fisher, Thomson, Brooksbank, Guthrie

1 Oliver, Harper, Wilson, McKenzie,.Welsh, Moffat

 

 

 

 

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Friday 27th March

Zingari v Thebans at Beveridge Park ko 7:30pm

Saturday 28th March

1st XV v Hamilton at Beveridge Park ko 3pm

2nd XV v Grangemouth at Beveridge Park ko 3pm

Sunday 29th March

U16/U15 v Montrose (a) ko 1pm.

U14/U13 v Falkirk at Beveridge Park ko 12noon

All Wee Blues @ Glenrothes training 10am to 12 noon.

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Musselburgh
 21 84
Howe of Fife 20 83
Hamilton
 20 76
Falkirk 20 72
Aberdeenshire 19 71
Whitecraigs 18 50
Cartha QP 18 44
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Ardrossan Acad 19 28
Greenock Wands 20 24
Haddington 21 12
Livingston 17 6

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3 Kurt Littlejohn

2 Mark Wallace

1 Greg Wallace

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