1st XV - Report
Rugby secondary concern on dramatic day at Whitecrook
Rugby returned to Whitecrook for the first time in the New Year but rugby wasn't the topic of discussion at the end of the day
Lenzie and Clydebank went at each other at full throttle on the 1st XV park and the home side had an opportunity early on to take the lead from a Ross Moffatt penalty but he didn't connect well and the ball skewed under the bar. Lenzie took the lead through their full back as he ghosted through the missing Clydebank three quarter defence to touch down after 5 minutes and the conversion was slotted. The first serious injury of the afternoon happened after 9 minutes when Sloss was competing at a breakdown for the ball and his leg stayed planted to the ground and dislocated his kneecap. The game was stopped for 25 minutes as Connor was stabalised until an ambulance arrived. Again the quick action of the Lenzie ladies ensured Connor stayed calm and he will only be out for 6 weeks at most.
The game resumed and the players got their minds back into the game straight away. Lenzie extended their lead from a penalty but Clydebank roared back in sensational style. The ball was taken into the Lenzie 22 after a great break by Starkey who sidestepped at least 5 players. Quick recycling and several phases later and the ball was shipped from right to left through several hands to winger Douglas Vallance who stepped inside his opposite man to score Banks opening try that Mofffat converted.
Lenzie then scored a sensational try of their own from a scrum in their own 22. A pick up from Number 8 fed their pacy winger who danced around the despairing home defence and passed inside to a supporting player to score a great try. The conversion was missed. Ross Moffatt closed the gap from a penalty and missed another from long range but it was certainly anyones game at half time.
The defence from both sides continued to be aggressive and effective in the second half as both sides probed for openings. Clydebank were using the wind behind them to pin back Lenzie deep inside their own half from long kicks in open play but young stand off McCombe wasn't having such luck from penalties kicking to touch in a suprisingly off day day with the boot. This allowed Lenzie to dominate posession early on and they took advantage from a penalty. Clydebank then had a sustained period of pressure for 10 minutes and when McCombe found his kicking boots and setup a lineout 10 metres from the line, the home forwards setup a powerful maul that Lenzie could not stop with Moffatt in control of the ball to score. He missed the conversion and it was very much game on.
Clydebank however self destructed after Lenzie scored another try from a kick through and chase that their speedy winger collected and dived over. Bank started to give away needless penalties and too much backchat gave the ref no option but to send them back 10 metres on several occasions. Lenzie scored another try with 10 minutes left to kill the game off. The match ended 30-15 to the visitors.