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
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
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
S Tomlinson (Selkirk)
3 M Wallace
2 R Girdler
1 J Moffat
17 M Wallace
11 Orr, Turner
7 Letham, G Wallace
4 K Littlejohn, Girdler
3 Mann, Gray, Mangalo
2 Fisher, Thomson, Brooksbank, Guthrie
1 Oliver, Harper, Wilson, McKenzie,.Welsh, Moffat