It was the second run out for the Clydebank VETs this year and this time they were up against a mixed Cumbernauld team. Both sides were looking for a social game in advance of the Scotland International and both the players and spectators were rewarded with a fine show of passing rugby interspersed with some fantastic tries.
Captain Malcolm McKay
won the toss and decided to go up hill in the first half on the basis that it would be easier to run downhill in the second half when he would undoubtedly be tired.
With some of the true VETs missing the team was supplemented with a few veterans in the making in the form of David Bell
and Graeme Kyle
, both of whom would have a significant impact on the match.
was first to the try line in the match after some fine interplay between Ronnie McKee
and Graeme Kyle
set David up for an easy run in on five minutes. Ross McCombe
had the role of kicker and failed in his first attempt.
Cumbernauld replied soon after when their forwards won a scrum and set up their backs who ran in unchallenged in the corner. The difficult kick was converted to give Cumbernauld the lead.
Both teams were well matched in the forwards but it was to be the Clydebank backs who would make the difference.
On twenty minutes David Lennie
would cross the line to retake the lead and Ross McCombe
would add a difficult conversion from the sideline to add the two points.
Five mintues later club coach and young pretender, Micahel Starkey, was let loose by David Bell
who drew his man and set Michael up to run in under the posts for the third Clydebank try. Ross McCombe
added the simple conversion.
Just on half time Clydebank struck again when Graeme Kyle
led a solo charge from his own half to run most of the length of the park to score under the posts making Ross McCombe
's conversion an easy additional two points.
The first half was a fine display from the Clydebank backs but the match was a much closer affair than the score indicated.
The second half started with Clydebank again in control and now running down hill to the relief of most of the older participants.
After five minutes of play Scott Mcelney
received the final pass from a well worked move off the back of the scrum between Ronnie McKee
and Graeme Kyle
. Ronnie managed to draw in most of the Cumbernauld defence to allow Scott to cross in the corner for the score. This time the conversion was too far out for Ross McCombe
's tired legs.
would emulate his old playing partner Graeme Kyle
with his own solo pitch long run after ten minutes to score under the posts and make the conversion another easy two points for Ross McCombe
Cumbernauld kept Clydebank at bay for much of the remainder of the half until the dying minutes when Ross McCombe
would add a try to top off his fine kicking performance.
The try came in unusual circumstances as Ronnie McKee
took a quick line out to Ross who proceeded to step through a bewildered Cumbernauld team who believed the line out was yet to be formed. Ross strolled behind the posts for the score but failed to convert leaving the final score at 43-5 for Clydebank.
Overall the match was a great spectacle and all the players enjoyed the friendly run out before Scotland regained some dignity in their match against Italy later in the day.