Banff RFC hosted Strathmore RFC with another tough battle at Duff House.
By John Hester
Banff started the game with some good pressure and with some great fluid play moved into the 22 quickly looking to secure points on the board quickly. A penalty to Banff within the first three minutes put Banff in the lead kicked by captain Gordon Robertson. Another penalty opportunity quickly came after and Banff’s distance kicker Rob Bruce stepped up hoping to take another early opportunity to get points on the board. Unfortunately the kick going wide kept the score at 0-3. Strathmore continued to pressure Banff with a physical display and using the width of the pitch well. The first points to Strathmore came in the middle of the post’s making an easy seven points to Strathmore.
Strathmore found their stride and punished Banff for some missed tackles with scoring a flurry of tries before half time with a further five tries with two being converted. Half time score 3-29.
The second half came with more pressure from Strathmore again using the width of the pitch to score plus some strength from there forwards to score from a maul. Another tolling six tries crossed Banff’s line with three being converted. Despite the score line Banff continued to move up the pitch with some areas of good play and pressure but just not being able to execute across the line. Banff managed to add to the score line two minutes from the whistle with Banff’s No.12 Angus Swann with a great interception try under the posts giving Gordon Robertson the opportunity to get the full seven points. The game finished 10-65 with another disappointing defeat to Banff.
Thanks again to the supporters who came down to watch from both teams with a great atmosphere on the side lines and in the clubhouse afterwards, thanks also to the volunteers behind the bar and in the kitchen.
Next week sees Banff take the trip to Harris Academy. All spectators welcome!