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1st XV v Biggar at Beveridge Park - Saturday 5th November, kick-off 3pm

Dominant Blues keep top spot
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 04 November 2017

KIRKCALDY 40 BIGGAR 13

Biggar scores at either end of this National 2 game bookended an outstanding Kirkcaldy showing which keeps them at the top of the division. Although they were forced into uncontested scrums mid-way through the game a fiery performance by the home pack laid the foundations of victory. Also with much improved form by the back line this Kirkcaldy side carried threats in every department.

Forwards coach Kenny Fraser oozed satisfaction after his side's performance. He put this success down to the work the players have put in at training in recent weeks. “We are trying to play direct rugby, using our particular strengths, mainly keeping the ball tight and only going wide when the occasion is right. Everybody has bought into the game plan and the results show it is paying off”

Since they first played each other nearly thirty years ago, the south Lanarkshire have held the upper hand over the Blues for many seasons, although Quintan Sanft's men had single wins in the last two seasons. Little did any in the Beveridge Park crowd think in the opening minutes that such a handsome win would materialise. A furious Biggar start pinned the Blues into their 22 from kick-off eventually leading to a Carne Green penalty goal and a 3-0 lead.

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Kirkcaldy just make it
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 28 October 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND 14 KIRKCALDY 17

West came close to snatching a draw in the closing stages of this untidy encounter at Burnbrae last Saturday with the missing of a late penalty attempt. It was heavy going on a sticky pitch with errors galore and both teams failed to take advantage of good scoring chances. Territorially Kirkcady had the upper hand for large portions of the game but regularly failed to capitalise. They were also aided by a shoal of unforced West errors, particularly at the line-out where in the first half alone they had five crooked throw-ins.

When the going got difficult for the Blues in the last fifteen minutes they showed real maturity in confronting adversity, a situation in the last few seasons where they would have gone on to lose. Honours yet again went to the Kirkcaldy forwards. It may not have been an unblemished performance but when it counted they produced their best.

The game had started brightly enough for Kirkcaldy, running strongly on to the ball and making good ground. Reward came in the seventh minute with Finlay Smith kicked penalty and 3-0 lead.

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Blues let Lasswade loose
Written by John Methven   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017

LASSWADE 31 KIRKCALDY 29

Kirkcaldy came off second best at Hawthornden after a heavily contested game in which he lead changed hands several time. However in the final ten minutes the Midlothian side dominated possession and territory, doing enough to deserve their bonus point win.

At critical points in the game Lasswade handled and backed up in a way that the Blues just could not match. Too often Quintan Sanft's side, lacking the sharpness shown in earlier games, lost the ball in contact and were turned over just too often to get the win.

Mistakes punctuated the first half with both teams guilty of knock-ons and forward passes or ill directed kicks. Lasswade however tidied up their act in the second period doing enough for victory whereas Kirkcaldy continued to blunder along.

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Ladies stage second half comeback
Written by Stuart Cameron   
Monday, 16 October 2017

Kirkcaldy Ladies 27 Broughton Ladies 17

Kirkcaldy Ladies welcomed Broughton to Beveridge Park for this National 1 league game. The visitors were unbeaten up to this point in their campaign, so as ever a tough game was expected. Kirkcaldy started well and got an early foothold in the Broughton half. Good phase play sucked in the defence and clean ball gave Brenda Brogan space to scoot in for the first score. Broughton fought back well and after twenty-five minutes levelled the match.

Although Kirkcaldy had the more possession and territory it was Broughton who took the lead after a breakaway led to another try. An injury to Brogan meant some reorganising was required but before Kirkcaldy could settle Broughton scored again, this time under the posts for an easy converted try. The home side had chances to get back into but a lack of composure let chances slip away, leaving the half-time score at 5-17.

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Kirkcaldy win in low gear
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 15 October 2017

KIRKCALDY 27 PRESTON LODGE 0

Before the game the Blues would probably have settled for a four try bonus point win as well as denying the opposition even a single scoring point.  They achieved this target without ever exciting the crowd after an easily forgettable performance but which nevertheless left them as leaders of the National 2 table.

Director of Rugby Mark Henderson agreed there had been a flatness about the game, adding “Their pack performed as well as any we have faced this season but we eventually came out on top in most aspects of the forward exchanges.  Our defence did its work too, denying them any real try scoring chances. Overall not too much separated the teams but we had that extra edge which always kept us in front”.

By the time home full back Finlay Smith opened the scoring with a penalty in the 17th minute, neither side had established any sort of ascendancy with much of the play contained between the two 22 metre lines.  There followed a brief spell of attack from PL, easily swept up by Kirkcaldy defenders.

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Ladies edge Glasgow in tight match
Written by Stuart Cameron   
Sunday, 08 October 2017

Glasgow University 5 - Kirkcaldy Ladies 6

Kirkcaldy Ladies travelled through to Glasgow for their second league match, against the University team who started their campaign well. As expected the pitch was heavy and the collisions even heavier. With only one replacement available it was going to be a long hard shift for the players.

Kirkcaldy started well and took an early lead after three minutes when Brenda Brogan slotted home a penalty. Both defences were superb all day and it was difficult for both sides to make easy yards. The Blues Ladies battled hard with strong running and clever use of the close game, though the amount of penalties given away was a concern. It allowed the students to take quick taps to try and break through, however they were repelled by some big tackles. It wasn't until the last play of the first half after a string of advantages that Glasgow University breached the Kirkcaldy line, giving the home side a 5-3 lead at half-time.

The second half was almost a carbon copy of what had gone before, except for the final outcome. Kirkcaldy retained more of the ball but had to work hard for any metres gained. Brogan kicked her second penalty to regain the lead 5-6. The forward pack kept their concentration and the backs were tackling and communicating well in attack but especially in defence. Even after a tough shift the fitness shone through with the forwards still looking for work in the final moments of the game, allowing Kirkcaldy Ladies to secure a great win against a good side.

This was the first win for a few years in Glasgow which pleased the team even more. A special mention for the referee, who had an excellent game and explained every decision he made.

 
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This Week's Fixtures

Saturday 4th November

1st XV v Biggar (home, 3pm)

Sunday 5th November

Ladies v Greenock (home, 2pm)

Saturday 28th October

1st XV 17 West of Scotland 14

2nd XV 50 Falkirk 26

Sunday 29th October

Ladies Garioch 28

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1stXV League Table

BT National League Division 2

TeamPlPts
Kirkcaldy 626
Hamilton 625
Dumfries 6
24
Biggar
 621
Lasswade
 621
Howe of Fife
 616
GHK
 615
West of Scotland
 6
13
Peebles
 611
Preston Lodge 611
Whitecraigs 67
Aberdeenshire 61

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