HAMILTON 18 KIRKCALDY 24
Pre-match, this game at Laigh Bent was regarded as possibly the Blues toughest assignment of the season. Relegated last spring, the Lanarkshire side have been going well in National 2 and most observers considered them as favourites for a quick return to the higher division. The Blues would also have memories of a 98-12 hammering on their last visit to Hamilton.
There may be slicker back lines in National 2 this season with the Blues heavily dependent on an excellent pack but there is steel throughout this Kirkcaldy outfit. Post match, Director of Rugby Mark Henderson, in summing up this performance, declared “We came strong in the last quarter against a good side, again emphasising our fitness. They played some good rugby and had the better of possession but what we had in abundance was heart and it was heart that won the game for us.
Early running showed a confident home side, comfortably handling the ball and making good use of their possession. The Blues had initially defended a 10 metre line-out before the ball went out to the right with the Kirkcaldy backs drawn infield Hamilton had space out wide to give Alistair Howatson space to go in for the opening try and a 5-0 lead.