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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.

 
First win at West Lodge for the Blues
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 07 October 2017

WHITECRAIGS 14  KIRKCALDY 41

At a venue where they had never previously won, the Blues  turned in their best all round performance of the season to take full points and reclaim top position in the National 2 table. From the time that Dayle Turner opened the scoring before a minute had been played  Kirkcaldy held the upper hand for lengthy periods.  Nevertheless Whitecraigs had possession for significant passages of the game but found a demanding Kirkcaldy defence whose unrelenting tackling and covering kept their hosts pointless until after half time.

In past years Kirkcaldy have been less than adept at regaining kick-offs and re starts but this game began in startling fashion.  Whitecraigs immediately infringed. Rather than go for goal or kick for touch, Gavin McKenzie tapped and off went the pack driving their opponents to the line allowing Turner to crash through. Craig Letham failed to add the extra points.

Spearheaded by Rhys Bonner the Blues maintained this aggressive approach stretching the Glasgow side at very opportunity but when necessary showing steel in defence  After several minutes of threatening Whitecraigs attacking ploys Kirkcaldy swept into counter-attacking mode,  Solid work by Owen Bonner in his own half  produced  the ammunition for winger James  Barclay to race away for a try converted by Finlay Smith.

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Saturday 20th October

1st XV 52 Cartha QP 24

2nd XV 17 Kinross 17

1stXV League Table

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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