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Saturday 16th February

1stXV v Kelso - away, 2.30pm, National League Cup

First win at West Lodge for the Blues
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 07 October 2017


At a venue where they had never previously won, the Blues  turned in their best all round performance of the season to take full points and reclaim top position in the National 2 table. From the time that Dayle Turner opened the scoring before a minute had been played  Kirkcaldy held the upper hand for lengthy periods.  Nevertheless Whitecraigs had possession for significant passages of the game but found a demanding Kirkcaldy defence whose unrelenting tackling and covering kept their hosts pointless until after half time.

In past years Kirkcaldy have been less than adept at regaining kick-offs and re starts but this game began in startling fashion.  Whitecraigs immediately infringed. Rather than go for goal or kick for touch, Gavin McKenzie tapped and off went the pack driving their opponents to the line allowing Turner to crash through. Craig Letham failed to add the extra points.

Spearheaded by Rhys Bonner the Blues maintained this aggressive approach stretching the Glasgow side at very opportunity but when necessary showing steel in defence  After several minutes of threatening Whitecraigs attacking ploys Kirkcaldy swept into counter-attacking mode,  Solid work by Owen Bonner in his own half  produced  the ammunition for winger James  Barclay to race away for a try converted by Finlay Smith.

Despite this set back Whitecraigs were determined to open their account and the Blues had to with stand another another bout of heavy pressure coping admirably with every thing thrown at them.

Smith had a failure at goal minutes before he slotted another kick  to extend the Kirkcaldy lead to 15-0 with half an hour played.  Shortly after that score the game took an unsatisfactory turn from a Kirkcaldy point of view,  Injuries to Whitecraigs front row forwards meant they had run out of  cover so forcing the referee to order uncontested scrums, so removing one of Kirkcaldy’s most effective attacking weapons.  By the interval they had made light of this handicap and a McKenzie try converted by Smith had taken them to  a 22-0 advantage.

Early in the second half Whitecraigs  had by far their most productive period of the game culminating in a try for  centre Phil Snyman converted by Ross Donnachie  The home team failed to exit the  restart allowing  Rhys Bonner to power his way upfield paving the way for a bonus point try for replacement Michael  Harper.

Although 29-7 behind there were few signs of a lessening of Whitecraigs’ spirit and another Donnachie converted try from Snyman seemed to induce some minor panic in the Kirkcaldy ranks.  That brief crisis quickly passed as the forwards again had the upper hand and established themselves in the Whitecraigs 22.  Several try chances were rebuffed before Letham glided in at the posts with Smith converting  for an unassailable 36-14 Kirkcaldy lead.   With a minute to go Rhys Bonner capped  another battling display with a try of his own so securing a handsome victory.

Quintan Sanft’s side returned to the top of the table after previous leaders Dumfries lost at home to Hamilton with a display in which all units of the side played their parts.  Defensively they were well organised, showing real aggression in their tackling and dousing early Whitecraigs fire.  Although there was the occasional blip at the line-out the Kirkcaldy forwards again laid the foundations of their fifth win of the season.


Whitecraigs:- S Gillies, S Murchie, P Syman, B Wamberg, C Drummond, A McFarlane, R Donnachie, I Laidlaw, I Barron, A Patseron, R O’Neill, S Callaghan, A Ingram, S Pollock, G Oomen

Replacements:- S Gormely, C O’Donnell, M Lehman, B Whittel

Kirkcaldy:- F Smith J Moffat, O Bonner, I Gillies, J B arcalay, C Letham, G McKenzie, D Jennings, G Queen, G Mangalo, S Barcaly, C Wood, R Bonner, D Turner, M Harvey

Replacements:- G Wallace, M Harper, R Brown, Q Sanft


S Burns (WSSRS)

Fife Trophy Centre STAR CHECK

3 Connor Wood
2 Owen Bonner
1 Rhys Bonner


12 Connor Wood
7 Dayle Turner
6 Rhys Bonner
3Scott Anderson
2 Marcus Salt, Finlay Smith, Owen Bonner
1 Craig Letham,  Matt Harvey

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