KIRKCALDY 2XV 67 MORGAN RUGBY 0
The conditions for this BT Caledonia League Division 2 Midlands match were bright but with a blustering wind which was flowing in all directions. With the senior Kirkcaldy team without a fixture on this cup Saturday attention was firmly on the second team who attracted a much larger crowd for this important league game.
In the none too distant past Morgan were regular league opponents of the Kirkcaldy 1stXV but have dramatically dropped down the divisions from the National League into regional rugby and even there don't have their sorrows to seek.
They came to Beveridge Park looking to overtake Kirkcaldy in the league but left thoroughly demolished and demoralised losing by eleven tries.
The first try arrived in the fourth minute from number 5 Sean Laing thanks to a lineout drive. This was one of six tries converted by stand off Craig Letham, having recently returned from Australia. The second try came six minutes later from another lineout which had initially been lost but possession was regained and flanker Craig Hamilton crashed over for the third.
Kirkcaldy dominated possession with Morgan rarely in the Blues half and after seventeen minutes winger James Barclay showed his considerable pace to go in at the corner from forty yards out to secure the bonus point. In the twenty-second minute an outstanding break in the centre from Conar Littlejohn was finished off by fellow centre Euan Henderson. Five minutes later a magnificent steal by Owen Bonner resulted in him running in under the posts. With the first half drawing to a close, number 7 Scott Barclay drove from a lineout to get his first try of the afternoon and bringing the half time score to 36-0.
The second half started the same as the first with Bonner making a break and scoring under the posts for his second try. A minute later James Barclay led a kick and chase to also score his second. From an attacking scrum on the Morgan line scrum half David Anderson broke and scored in the fifty-first minute. Kirkcaldy then used their bench which allowed Morgan some respite, with the visitors keeping possession for a while but the Blues defence was resilient and prevented Morgan from scoring.
After this spell Kirkcaldy regained the initiative and Scott Barclay got his second try with the final try coming from a push over. The final score was 67-0 according to the reporter but the referee gave the score as 65-0. To add to the confusion the SRU website has the score as 74-0!
This result moved Kirkcaldy into the top half of the table in fifth position, nine points clear of relegation, while Morgan sit at the bottom.