Crieff & Strathearn 43 Kirkcaldy 36
After two league matches the Kirkcaldy U15/ U16s have demonstrated emphatically that they are a team that can score tries. For a second week in a row they scored 6 tries but were undone by frailties in defence that allowed the opposition to beat them by a single converted try. Crieff only managed to field 13 players but the disparity in numbers was offset by a considerably higher average age than the Kirkcaldy team, with a particularly imposing three quarter line.
The echoes of last week were evident from the kick off when Kirkcaldy allowed Crieff to run at them from depth and score with the first move of the game. To their credit, the Blues hit back almost immediately with good recycling providing the ball for Ryan who bulldozed over in midfield. The game then hung in the balance as the advantage went first one way, then the other. Crieff re-took the lead before Callum and Jack scored (the latter from a fantastic run through almost the entire Crieff team), with Ryan converting both. It looked as though Kirkcaldy would take the lead into half time but they failed to secure the ball from the re-start and Crieff finished the period with a converted score.
After the re-start the sides traded scores with Matt driving well up the right to touch down before Crieff once again levelled. Jack then scored his second which Ryan converted. This should have been the cue for Kirkcaldy to move clear but, instead, Crieff rallied and scored three tries in succession; mainly through missed tackles by the Blues. The Kirkcaldy side did well to stop two further tries; first with Ryan getting under the ball to prevent a touchdown and then with determined defence holding Crieff up short of the line. The game finished with Jack capping a great performance by interlinking with Ross to power up the left wing and touch down for his hat-trick.
This was a creditable performance by the team, with much to be pleased about. All the lads played well, Joe and Ryan were as dependable as ever at half-back, and there were some standout performances particularly from Robin, Ross and Jack. The opposition awarded the Kirkcaldy man-of-the match accolade to Mario (Ross Aitken).
Tries: Jack (3), Ryan; Callum; Matt.
Conversions: Ryan (3).
Squad: Kieran Adamson, Ross Aitken, Josh Barclay, Matt Collins, Joe Finnie, Austin Glass, Jack Graham, Callum Greig, Max Hadoke, Owen Laing, Robin Mackenzie, Kyle Macleod, James Pow, Ben Ramsay, Alex Schroeder-Smith, Benjamin Simpson, Harry Scott, Ross Sinclair, Ryan Wallace, Alan Windram.