Blues 2s overpower Madras
Written by John Methven
Sunday, 25 March 2018
KIRKCALDY 2nd XV 69 MADRAS RUGBY 12
Kirkcaldy 2nd XV turned on a blistering performance in front of probably the biggest crowd ever to have attended a second team game at Beveridge Park. Many turned up not knowing that the National League game against West of Scotland had been called off and stayed on to see Madras being overwhelmed.
Madras in the not too distant past were feisty and regular opponents for the Kirkcaldy top team and on many an occasion coming off winners. A rapid decline since the turn of the century has seen them plummet down the divisions and for a first fifteen are now only one tier above the basement of Caledonia Division 3 (Midlands).
With the firsts game off the Blues management might have chosen to play some of the senior squad but apart from Michael Harper and Craig Letham, both recovering from injury, this was a strictly second fifteen who have showing up well at training in recent weeks.
Kirkcaldy made their intentions clear from kick-off with powerful driving mauls ripping apart the visitors' defence. The backs too threatened at every opportunity. With just ten minutes gone the Blues led 12-0 through tries from Jamie Moffat and Mark Duckett. Locks Michael Harper and Scott Barclay carried ferociously sweeping through would be tacklers. Facing this sort of power Madras simply could not get hands on ball. By half time the Blues led 31-0 with further scores from Ted Truby, Duckett and Harper.
Around the hour mark Kirkcaldy concentration dipped a bit allowing the St Andrews side to have some possession of their own and they showed pace in the outside positions. Two opportunist Madras tries dented the home lead by twelve points. This had a quick response with Kirkcaldy tries from James Barclay, Max Hadoke and Sean Laing
With several replacements brought into the in the second half there was a strong Kirkcaldy finish. Now playing at No 8, 18 year old Cairn Ramsay showed considerable promise with a series of strong carries and two unassisted tries.
To the credit of a beleaguered Madras team they never gave up although outplayed in every department. Near the end biggest cheer of the day came for veteran scrum half Chris McConnell, a 1st XV regular a decade or more ago, who raced away to take the Kirkcaldy score beyond sixty points.
Coach Colin Parsons has worked hard with this group all season and it is to him as much as the players that they rounded off their home season with such a dazzling display.
The Kirkcaldy team was:
J Barclay, R Low, E Henderson, C Littlejohn, T Truby, C Letham, J Moffat, S McLean, K Nattrass, R Lithgow, S Barclay, M Harper, C Hamilton, K Pattie, M Duckett
Replacemenst:- C Ramsay, L Melville, M Graham, M Colins, M Hadoke, R Girdler, S Laing
1stXV League Table
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