Kirkcaldy 0 vs Blairgowrie 59
It may seem strange to say, given the scoreline, but the second 20 minutes of this match demonstrated the potential in the U15/ U16 squad. They showed a spirit and ability that bodes well for the future and which they must look to build on for the rest of the season.
The visiting Blairgowrie team were fit and well drilled and took the attack to the home side right from the first whistle. The Kirkcaldy team are notoriously slow starters and were beaten back by wave after wave of attacks in the first quarter, rapidly going down to a 26 point deficit. It is to their immense credit that, rather than capitulate, they then rallied and really pulled together as a team. There was real dynamism in the forwards, working hard in the loose to secure the ball, and clear intent for the backs to get the ball wide. But for some handling errors in the backs there could have been some promising attacks up the wings. The defence in the three quarter was also improving, led by the example of Harry on the wing who put in some thumping tackles to halt opposition attacks.
Blairgowrie came back at us in the second half but Kirkcaldy kept their shape and discipline pretty well and made their opponents work hard for everything. Joe and Ryan at half back were dependable as ever whilst Ross and James in the pack performed to the standard we have come to expect from them .This time they were aided by some committed contributions from a pack that really improved as the game developed. A mention must also be made of Ross Cameron who had an assured game at full back and Dave Fleming who made a great saving tackle, both putting in their first appearances for the team.
Whilst there was no doubt that Blairgowrie deserved their win, the final score did not do justice to the effort and resolve of the Kirkcaldy boys. The spirit the game was played in did credit to both sides. If the Blues can use this as a yardstick and gain a bit more game awareness they can really develop as a team. This will be needed over the next five weeks of intense league rugby.
Squad: Kieran Adamson, Josh Barclay, Ross Cameron, Matt Collins, Ryan Dick, Joe Finnie, Dave Fleming, Austin Glass, Max Hadoke, Owen Laing, Robin Mackenzie, Angus Moyes, James Pow, Mitch Rigby, Alex Schroeder-Smith, Harry Scott, Benjamin Simpson, Ross Sinclair, Greg Stewart, Connor Wallace, Ryan Wallace, Alan Windram.