Waid 43 vs Kirkcaldy 38
Kirkcaldy U15/U16’s first league game of the season was an entertaining affair with some excellent rugby played by both teams. Ultimately it will go down as a missed opportunity for the Kirkcaldy team who led with 10 minutes to go but ended up losing by a single score.
The pattern of the day was encapsulated in the first two moves. From the kick off Kirkcaldy took the ball but allowed possession to be turned over. Waid rumbled forward and ineffective tackling allowed them to score on the left wing. Despite the set-back, the Blues rallied and from the restart took the attack to the opposition.
On this occasion it was Kirkcaldy that won the turn-over and Ryan finished very strongly, driving through two tackles to touch down. He converted his own score to bring the sides level. From this point on there was never more than a single score separating the teams. Waid held the upper hand in the first period, scoring two more tries, which were almost immediately countered by Kirkcaldy scores. The first was from Ryan, again showing good strength, and the second a superb run up the left wing from Jack. Waid scored again before half time and went into the break with a 26-19 lead
In the second half Kirkcaldy came back strongly with Callum showing his ability when running at the opposition and forcing over for his first try of the season. This time Max stepped up to slot the conversion. Once again Waid responded to restore their lead before Callum again tore through the defence to register a second, with Ryan adding the extras. In between times Matt was unlucky to have a good score ruled out for a double movement. At this point, however, Kirkcaldy took the lead for the first time in the match, with some excellent pressure from the pack providing space for Ross to drive over for a score that his performance more than deserved. What was needed now was for Kirkcaldy to secure possession, run the clock down and put pressure on Waid. Unfortunately, the lads were unable to do this and Waid secured the ball, recycled well and drove over to level the scores. From the restart, missed tackles from a tiring Blues side once again allowed runners to break the line and the opposition touched down wide on the right to retake the lead. The conversion was missed, meaning that a converted score could still win Kirkcaldy the match. They weathered another fierce assault on their line from Waid with some excellent defence and, as Jack broke up the wing, there was hope that the try would come. But Waid recovered well, managing to snuff out the attack, and the final whistle blew.
This was a very encouraging performance from a developing team. The lads played well as a team with good communication and excellent intent. The margin between victory and defeat was very narrow; but it is a margin we need to close over the next few weeks.
Tries: Ryan (2); Callum (2); Jack
Conversions: Ryan (3); Max (1)
Squad: Ross Aitken, Matt Collins, Joe Finnie, Austin Glass, Jack Graham, Callum Greig, Max Hadoke, Robin Mackenzie, Angus Moyes, James Pow, Ben Ramsay, Alex Schroeder-Smith, Harry Scott, Ross Sinclair, Liam Tulloch, Connor Wallace, Ryan Wallace, Alan Windram.