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Blues bounce back
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 06 October 2018
KIRKCALDY 22 GALA 14

The Blues battled back from last week’s Braidholm debacle with a morale rousing win against Gala at Beveridge Park on Saturday. Although they had an alarming negative penalty count, and reduced to thirteen players early in the second the half Quintan Sanft's men battled back from a 14-8 deficit to dominate the final quarter and take the points.

Kirkcaldy had a much stronger line-up this week, although still short of optimum strength they started with an intensity which must have surprised their opponents. This early aggression failed to get the scoreboard into action and Gala slowly found their feet. A series of rolling mauls took the Borderers up to the line but they conceded a penalty and the pressure was relieved.

Aggression coursed through Kirkcaldy veins, thoroughly unsettling Gala. One Michael Harper run scattered the Gala defence to all corners and the huge prop just ran out of steam after a 50 metre run. The first Kirkcaldy score was not long delayed A penalty to touch 10 metres from the Gala line set up a series of driving mauls from which schoolboy lock Struan Robertson emerged and showing considerable strength worked his way over the line for an unconverted try

The Blues then had a major let off. Gala centre Daniel Nicholson weaved his way through the Kirkcaldy defence apparently to touch down at the posts. However he had failed to ground the ball properly and referee Ross Mabon ordered a 5 metre scrum for Kirkcaldy
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Battering at Braidholm
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 29 September 2018

GHA 87 KIRKCALDY  3

When Kirkcaldy first saw the 2018-19 National 1 fixture list in June they realised then that they would be in for a tough shift on the last Saturday of September when they had to travel to Braidholm to meet the highly ambitious and successful Glasgow club. Little did they know then that they would line up with a decimated side shorn of their entire back row, both props and centre Josh Laird as well as three other long term absentees.

Squad depth at Beveridge Park has been a problem at for some time and this thirteen try rout has only once been exceeded in league rugby. There were signs of what was to follow in the second minute as home winger Ben Addison romped in unchallenged for his side's first try. In exchanges in the first ten minutes Kirkcaldy appeared to be struggling with the pace of the game although they managed to keep GHA in check.

Once the Braidholm side worked out the weaker links in the Kirkcaldy side they were and truly exploited and try after try followed. The only Kirkcaldy crumb of comfort came from the boot of Finlay Smith with a 15th minute penalty making the score 12-3.

They had the four try bonus point in the bag in the in the 20th minute as Charlie Lonergan, Max MacFarlane along with second Addison counter and three George Baird conversions made the score 26-3 with three quarters of the game to follow.

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Yellow cards costly in Marr defeat
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 22 September 2018

KIRKCALDY 17 MARR 41

For the third time this season Kirkcaldy were exposed to the realities of National 1 rugby when a talented Marr side outclassed them for significant parts of this game at Beveridge Park last Saturday.

The Ayrshire side, in the Premiership last season, were relegated after just one term there. They more than held their own in many games in that campaign and appeared to have retained many of the qualities needed in the top tier for this fixture, with pace aplenty and superb ball retention reflected in scoring seven tries.

Once more Kirkcaldy errors were severely punished by field long moves ending in tries while they failed to capitalise on scoring opportunities of their own. They didn't help themselves with two yellow cards brandished to Greg Wallace and Alex Black just before half time. While down to thirteen men the Blues conceded fourteen points.

Kirkcaldy started impressively enough taking a 11th minute lead through a James Barclay try following some crisp handling set up by a barging Michael Harper run. Marr were taking time to find their feet and in the opening quarter certainly didn't look the scorers of seven tries. With twenty six minutes gone, their Number 8 Ben Johnston brushed aside some slack tackling to roar in for his side's opening try converted by full back Liam McLoughlin, tying the scores at 7-7.

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Blues pointless in Aberdeen
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 15 September 2018

ABERDEEN GRAMMAR 42 KIRKCALDY 12

After dominating possession and position in a wind assisted first half Kirkcaldy turned 14-7 down. Few would dispute that the Rubislaw team deserved this advantage. On limited possession they had a sense of purpose the Blues lacked and made the most of the visitors' shortcomings in defence.

The Kirkcaldy coaching team would be far from happy that their side failed to capitalise on a series of scoring chances, whether from attacking line outs or at goal. Grammar had taken a fifth minute lead with a well taken try from full back Bryn Perrot assisted by Nat Coe. The Kirkcaldy defence could have done more to stop this try as several would be tacklers were easily brushed off. Perrot added the extra points to his own try..

A quick Kirkcaldy response came to nothing after good work by the returning Rhys Bonner. Under this pressure Grammar conceded a penalty which was put into touch only for the throw in to be off target. When they did go for goal Finlay Smith was off target.

On limited rations Grammar's backs, well led by stand-off Sam Knudsen, appeared to have the edge over their opposite numbers in pace and accuracy but obdurate Kirkcaldy defending mainly kept them in check

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International Tickets - 6 Nations 2019
Written by Don Burns   
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

There is a new system for obtaining 6 Nations tickets, which requires members to have an online ticketing account with Scottish Rugby.

If you do not have a ticket centre membership number, you must register online at this link: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/scottishrugby/Authentication/Registration and then find your membership number in the 'My Account' section.

Once you have an account or if you already registered, please complete the form below and include your six digit membership number.

https://kirkcaldyrugby.co.uk/images/int-tickets-6nations-2019.pdf (copies also available in the clubhouse)

Please return all forms to Don Burns either at club or via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5th October.

This is a requirement for 6 Nations tickets this season and Scottish Rugby will be contacting members directly from next season regarding tickets.

 
Blues off the mark in National 1
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 08 September 2018

KIRKCALDY 41 KELSO 14

The intensity of Kirkcaldy's warm-up suggested something special come kick-off and the biggish crowd at Beveridge Park were certainly not disappointed as the Blues hit the game at pace From the opening play Quintan Sanft's side made their intentions clear as they moved the ball positively driving into would be Kelso defenders and recycling the ball for an eager back line.

Sanft could not disguise his pleasure at the performance of his side commenting:

“We had a tough time at Selkirk but worked hard during the week. We knew that our pack could cope with most of the other packs in National 1 but had to adjust the speed of reaction. We set the pace of this game which Kelso struggled to match . I know we struggled a bit around half time when we were down to thirteen men but showed what we could do when returned to full strength. Altogether it was the type of performance we planned for”.

Kirkcaldy appeared to have learned the lessons of the Selkirk defeat as they upped the pace of their game as they dominated early possession Within seven minutes they went 7-0 ahead.  A quickly taken free kick in midfield threw the Kelso defence into confusion as the ball sped to Conar Littlejohn. The centre accelerated away an had a clear path to the goal line for his side's first try with Finlay Smith adding the extra points.

The Blues relentless pursuit of the points had Kelso struggling in their 22 with the loss of several penalties. From one such kick to touch a clean lineout take saw Connor Wood drive through paper thin defence for the second Kirkcaldy try, again converted by Smith for a 14-0 home lead.

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This Week's Results

Saturday 8th September

1st XV 41 Kelso 14

2nd XV 14 Carnoustie 38

1stXV League Table

Tennent's National League Division 1

TeamPlPts
Gala 3
15
Marr
3
12
GHA
3
12
Aberdeen Grammar3
11
Jed-Forest3
11
Selkirk3
10
Musselburgh3
9
Hamilton
3
7
Cartha QP3
5
Kirkcaldy3
5
Kelso
20
Dundee HSFP
2
0

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Match 6 v GHA
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2 Struan Robertdon
1 Connor Wood

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