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Another loss but better times ahead
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 01 November 2015

CARTHA QUEENS PARK 41 KIRKCALDY 29

The Blues remain winless since early September and from this latest reverse they will look back at the loss of twelve points in the first ten minutes at Dumbreck last Saturday.  Throw in, some wretched line-out play and the reasons for this  defeat are too obvious. At other times there was aggression and initiative rewarded with five tries and a bonus point.

The midfield has been strengthened by the inclusion of the recently arrived Samoans Sasa Fotilau and Mona Schwalger and the return of prop Greg Wallace, even from the. bench has given the side a more competitive edge which will surely bring about a second league win in the near future.

The line-out has become just about the prime source of quality possession in modern rugby with more and more penalties kicked to the corner in search of a try, rather than going for goal  Kirkcaldy some how contrived to lose eight of  their first nine line-outs Attacking positions were lost with  a wearisome regularity for almost an hour of the game.  When they were 12-0 down, two scoring chances were thrown away in this fashion. After successive line out losses they chose to tap a penalty after  Cartha had been penalised for back chat to the referee .  Flanker Dayle Turner had no hesitation in driving for the line through  a mass of Cartha bodies to secure the try in the 21st minute.

For the next ten minutes the Blues more than held their own but then contrived to lose a simple score.  Home full back Gregor Davidson collected  a long ball in his twenty two and ran almost unchallenged for fifty metres past uninterested Kirkcaldy defenders before off  loading and setting up a try for winger Tony Nyangweso.  With lock Steve Mitchell binned for a  ruck offence Cartha made the most of the extra man with centre Garret Doughty  scoring the bonus point try. In added time at the end of the half a second Turner try from another tapped penalty gave the score line a glossier look for Kirkcaldy at  22-12

In the third quarter Kirkcaldy continued to  be hamstrung through the lack of line-out possession and by the hour mark had lost two more tries  scored by Doughty and Andy Scott

Then the almost impossible happened with Kirkcaldy,  securing clean line-out ball and driving the maul over 40 metres to near  the Cartha line. Then a home defender obstructed the emergence of the ball and the referee dashed  to the posts, awarding.  a penalty try converted by Finlay Smith  A fourth Kirkcaldy try quickly followed after hard work by Mitchell,  Any thought the Blues had of a losing bonus point disappeared with three minutes left when  Chris Wicks successfully chased up a speculative kick for his side's seventh try converted by Davidson.

The Blues finished with a  bit of a flourish, scoring a fifth try by winger Finlay Bruce and managed to rescue some pride from this defeat.

Even although this was another Kirkcaldy loss, clear signs of improvement were evident. Much greater attention to forward drills  will surely bring its rewards

TEAMS

Cartha QP:-  G Davidson, T Nyangweso, A Scott, G Doughty, G Docherty, T Davidson, J Amon, F Paul, D Irvine, R Gillies, M Robertson, C Wicks, A Toole, P Hollier

Replacements:- D Goldie, M Barrowman, C   Spriddle,G Williamson

Kirkcaldy:- F Smith, F Bruce, S Foilitau, M Schwalger, J Watson, Q Sanft, G McKenzie,  M Henderson, Jack Pow, D Jennings, S Mitchell, James Pow, R Bonner, D Turner, L Neilson

Replacements:- G Wallace, M Harper, E Brown, J Moffat

REFEREE

S Smith (ERRS)

STAR CHECK

3 Steve Mitchell

2 Rhys Bonner

1 Finlay Bruce    

Cumulative

7 Turner, James Pow

6 Mitchell

4 Mangalo

3 McKenzie, Wood, O Bonner

2 Littlejohn, Brown, Wallace, Neilson, R Bonner

1 Moffat, Jack Pow, Salt, Smit, Bruce

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 November 2015 )
 
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Saturday 20th October

1st XV 52 Cartha QP 24

2nd XV 17 Kinross 17

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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3 Josh Laird
2 Finlay Smith
1 Dayle Turner

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