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Written by Stuart Cameron   
Sunday, 11 April 2010

Kirkcaldy 2ndXV 13 Dunfermline 7 

On a very sunny, calm day at McKane Park Kirkcaldy2XV started this match much the brighter team. The forwards controlled the breakdown area and the backs always looked dangerous and comfortable with ball in hand. Kirkcaldy opened the scoring after 7 mins with Gilmour stroking over a penalty after the Dunfermline backs were a bit too eager.

The Kirkcaldy side were controlling the phases and moving the big Dunfermline forwards around the pitch. After a concerted effort and a little white line fever Shields finally plunged over from close range, Gilmour adding the extra 2 to move 10 points clear after 13 minutes. The home side rallied well and with a little more straight running and improved accuracy in their passing they could should have had more reward. They did manage a score near the posts after their forwards had driven well from a lineout then released the ball for their centre to go in for an easy score with 25 minutes played. Both teams could have added to their totals before half time but some good defence aided by some poor decisions kept the score at Dunfermline2XV 7 v 10 Kirkcaldy2XV.

The game plan for the second half was still to play the width of the park making the home pack cover lots of ground. This worked to a certain extent with Gilmour controlling things and the Kirkcaldy back row of Thomson, Graham and Oliver putting in a hard shift for their team. Young Shaun Orr, who celebrated his 17th birthday last week, had another solid game and is growing ever more confident enjoying learning from some of the more senior players around him.

Kirkcaldy were awarded another penalty after good work by Turner at the breakdown made a Dunfermline player hold on to the ball. Gilmour taking the kick to move his side 6 points clear after 8 minutes of the second half. Dunfermline then controlled the game for long periods with their driving maul working well making yards every time. Again their backs letting their team-mates down with inaccurate passing. Kirkcaldy were putting lots of pressure on and with the full squad used everyone played their part and played for each other. Douglas was picking his angles well and constantly found gaps in the home defence. With a bit more support on his shoulder Kirkcaldy would have added more points. With time running out Gilmour was unlucky with a long range penalty effort. Oliver raised a few alarm bells when in the final minute chose to run a penalty from inside his own 22 rather than settling for a clearing kick.

Final score Dunfermline2XV 7 v 13 Kirckaldy2XV.

The discipline that has let the team down so often this season was excellent this week and did not give the good referee any issues whatsoever. With still a few games left there is still time for this team to move up the league and allow some of the eager U18 players more opportunity to play senior rugby. Points Douglas 3, Orr 2, Gilmour 1.

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1st XV 41 Kelso 14

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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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