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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.

Ladies start year with a big win
Written by Colin George   
Sunday, 14 January 2018
Melrose Ladies 0 Kirkcaldy Ladies 48
Kirkcaldy Ladies stepped into 2018 with style thanks to a confident eight try victory over Melrose Ladies, the match played at Liberton Rugby Club in Edinburgh.
Captain Alison Massie started the scoring early with the first of her three tries, impressive especially playing out of the second row. Tries from outside half Sandra Laird, inside centre Brenda Brogan and wing forward Fiona Milne followed before Massie got her second before half time. Three of these scores were converted by full back Nicki Redpath to make it 0-31 at half-time.
Kirkcaldy were now playing against a strong breeze, having used it to their advantage in the first half with tactical kicking. The second period required tighter play and a change of tactics. Strong defence kept Melrose at bay, as the home struggled to keep up with Kirkcaldy's fitness and physicality. This was shown by Melrose ending up with only 12 players on the pitch for the last 10 minutes due to injury. 
Two long range scores from Redpath were followed by the most popular try of the day from the captain.  Taking the ball on her own 10 metre line Massie broke clear, using her powerful hand-off to break free from covering tacklers. Against the wind and with tiring legs Massie worked hard to get across the line, cheered on all the way by the travelling support.  Redpath added another conversion round off the scoring. Bonus point win and excellent performance. To their credit, Melrose fought hard for the full 80 minutes, testing the Kirkcaldy defence with their strong scrum and class backs at 12 and 15.
Player of the match could have been given to any of the nineteen Kirkcaldy players but Emma Dyce picked up the award for her strong running in attack and tackling in defence. Next week Kirkcaldy travel south to play Annan Warriors.
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