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Saturday 16th February

1stXV v Kelso - away, 2.30pm, National League Cup

Ladies kept quiet at Howe
Written by Rebecca Flanagan   
Sunday, 18 February 2018


On a dry day in Cupar the scene was set for a good game of flowing rugby from two teams who like to throw the ball about. Kirkcaldy started well by securing the kick off and taking play up the field only to be thwarted by the first of many penalties.  Howe kicked for touch where Kirkcaldy stole the ball - this was a theme that was to carry on throughout the game with Howe only winning 3 line outs during the game.

Kirkcaldy pressured for most of the half but were often penalised for varying offences by the referee.  He requested complete silence during the game, threatening to penalise, or escalate if required, should the ladies not adhere to the instruction.  This seemed to deter the game from gaining any momentum with both teams finding it difficult to gain phase play.  Late in the half Kirkcaldy were then awarded a penalty in the 22m and chose to take a shot at goal which Redpath successfully kicked, to make the score 0-3. 

Half-time 0-3 to Kirkcaldy, but some of the newer ladies to the game were struggling to find their feet and looking a bit lost due to the instruction regarding communication.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first with Kirkcaldy taking the game to the home side.  Once again, the momentum was hampered with a string of penalties dominating the proceedings.  After an hour there was a swing in possession, as Kirkcaldy were now camped on their own line for 10 minutes keeping the attack out.  An excellent turnover and a clearing kick looked as if it would relieve the pressure but the referee penalised Kirkcaldy for the kick chaser being offside, Kirkcaldy pointed out to the ref that the chaser was in fact the kicker but the decision had been made! 

Howe were awarded a penalty and took the points making the score 3-3.  Well into injury time Howe were awarded another penalty in the 22, which they successfully converted taking the final score to 6-3 for the home team.

A disappointing match to view for the spectators, no momentum at all with 50-60 penalties being conceded   Frustrating and some confusion for two teams who score on average 16-20 points a game by playing free flowing rugby.  Hopefully the return fixture in a few weeks will be a better exhibition of what both teams can produce.

Kirkcaldy take full points from Pennypit
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 17 February 2018


Although the Preston Lodge fire was never fully extinguished Kirkcaldy's six try to one winning margin told its own tale at Pennypit Park. For lengthy portions of the game the Blues dominated territory and possession yet PL kept in touch until near half time through four well struck long range penalties from scrum half Brian Walls.

Strength in defensive basics from a well organised Kirkcaldy team kept the home team at bay throughout the first half, snuffing out their attacks in midfield on a regular basis. PL didn't help themselves with an erratic performance at the line-out where the Blues had a succession of vital steals.

Director of Rugby Mark Henderson had a broad smile on his face just after the final whistle, appreciating this bonus point win “We were in total control for over an hour of this game but they showed real tenacity, fighting for every ball. However we were strong at the back and our defensive lines gave little away. The pack did their work, really well playing as a unit, giving us plenty usable possession”

An aggressive Kirkcaldy started the game purposefully with the forwards driving to the PL line. They won a series of scrummaged penalties before hooker Greg Wallace drove over for an unconverted try and a 5-0 lead. Within two minutes this had been reduced to 5-3 with the first of Walls's massive penalties. Another monster penalty from Walls put PL into a 6-5 lea

Easy victory for the Blues 2s
Written by Ian Gray   
Saturday, 10 February 2018


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.

Ladies move up the table
Written by Marie Hay   
Sunday, 04 February 2018

Broughton Ladies 5 Kirkcaldy Ladies 10

Kirkcaldy Ladies made the short trip over to Edinburgh on Sunday to play top of the league Broughton. With clear blue skies and a heavy pitch the ladies started brightly playing down the hill.
The Ladies got some early decisions from the referee and capitalised on this with a dominant scrum and good territorial gain. Unfortunately they were turned over in the 22 and Broughton were able to clear their lines. The first half continued in this way with good driving runs by the forwards and some slick hands from the backs. With a very solid scrum platform Kirkcaldy started to win some opposition ball and after probing drives the ball was whipped out to full back Nicki Redpath who scored the only try of the half. Her added conversion made it 0-7 at half-time.
The second half started with Broughton fighting back and driving into the Kirkcaldy 22. The pace of the defensive line worked well and while the home side retained possession they were losing ground and retreating towards half way. It was hard work up the hill but soon Kirkcaldy were in the opposition 22 and should have looked at kicking the penalty they were awarded. Some good defence by Broughton kept them out.
Broughton took the upper hand for the next period of play and pushed Kirkcaldy back. Though the defence held firm for several phases, the ball was shipped out wide and the covering defence was unable to stop Broughton scoring. The try remained unconverted which made it 5-7 with 15 minutes to play.
Broughton kept looking for the winning score but Kirkcaldy defended well. Solid play saw Kirkcaldy keep the ball and push towards the opposition 22, where they earned a penalty. Redpath stepped up to score the three points to make it 5-10 at full-time.  A well worked team performance and a good win for the Ladies moving them to 4th in the league. Next week it's another short trip, to play Howe of Fife at Cupar.
Blues claim derby win at the death
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 03 February 2018


In the final play at Duffus Park a stunning winning try from Kirkcaldy No 8 Rhys Bonner sealed a dramatic win for the Blues which for much of this game had looked highly unlikely. The game was in the fifth minute of added time when the Blues' decisive score arrived to shock the home support, who had just seen their side pull ahead 22-18 with a Shaun Gray try which at the time appeared to settle the game.

Forwards coach Kenny Fraser in a post match comment had no doubt that the better side won “After a poor start when they went 12-0 ahead we held the upper hand. Our forwards had the better of them and that really showed up in that final play. We played patiently through the phases time and again forced their mistakes. While they had four tries to our three overall we had the better of things territorially and kept our shape when they were in the lead”

This Kirkcaldy performance may have lacked some of the quality seen in earlier games but they had resilience in abundance against a team which confidently raced into a 12-0 lead in the ninth minute when the Blues hardly touched the ball.

The early omens indicated that this Howe team were prepared to move the ball at pace and exploit some less than satisfactory Kirkcaldy tackling. Flanker Callum Harris cut through the Blues' back line and forced a penalty kicked to touch. From the driving maul prop Ryan Hood drove over for a try converted by Gray. Almost before the visitors recovered their breath Howe extended lead with a second unconverted try from Connor Crawford.

Blues extend table top lead despite wobbles
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 27 January 2018


When the Blues strolled into a third minute lead through a converted Rhys Bonner try, the expectation in the Beveridge Park crowd was that Kirkcaldy were on the road to a repetition of the free flowing 41-14 win they had against Whitecraigs when the teams met in Newton Mearns last October.

By the end they had a bonus point win and blanked their guests for as long as forty seven minutes which needed a hefty defensive effort, but for significant portions of the game they blundered their way through an error strewn performance.

While the playing surface was in remarkably good condition, the unpredictable and buffeting wind caused problems for both teams with passes often blown off course and kicking from hand a lottery. As a spectacle the game left much to be desired but by the end no one would dispute that the Blues thoroughly deserved their five point win courtesy of four tries.

Territorially Quintan Sanft's men had much the better of things but they could not claim the expected forward domination.  Even so they had hosts of scoring opportunities squandered through dropped passes and the concession of penalties within the red zone.

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