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
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
S Smith (ERRS)
3 Steve Mitchell
2 Rhys Bonner
1 Finlay Bruce
7 Turner, James Pow
3 McKenzie, Wood, O Bonner
2 Littlejohn, Brown, Wallace, Neilson, R Bonner
1 Moffat, Jack Pow, Salt, Smit, Bruce