2nd XV - Report
|Clydebank 2XV||22||vs||29||Stewartry 2XV|
2nd XV snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
While the first team narrowly missed out on the win, the seconds will also feel like they missed the opportunity to take victory
The Bankies started brightly, putting pressure on the visitors with the forwards and backs sharing in the attack. They were also securing the scrum giving their backs room to play. After some damaging runs from hooker Lyle, Davie Kirkwood Jr crossed the try line but was held up. Stewartry's defence held firm but gave away penalties. Clydebank opted to go for the three points but a kicking tee couldn't be found for Jack Fraser who subsequently kicked it wide.
The Bankies looked very weak in defence at times and it was exploited by the visitors right wing who darted between tackles before finally scoring under the posts giving the visitors the first points of the afternoon. However the home side marched up the park with the aid of the boot of McCombe and Graeme Kyle scored in the corner. Clydebank continued to come close but not close enough this time Sean Smith coming to within a foot of the try line. What could have been ecstasy turned to agony as the Bankies couldn't control a loose ball, Stewartry pounced at it and kicked the ball down the field where it bounced up perfectly for a Stewartry player to collect and run under the posts. The home side were gutted at this turn of events but their misery was compounded as they conceded yet another try just on forty minutes, making the score 17-5 at the half.
Coming out for the second half Clydebank were confident of getting back in the game. Stewartry had an injured player just before half time so knew they had to complete the game with only fourteen men. Clydebank began the half in an aggressive and attacking fashion with McKee leading from the front taking the game to them. McKee would finish off two attacking moves from the Bankies bringing the score to 17-15 to the away side. With the man advantage Clydebank were looking clinical with Sean Smith taking the lead with a charged down kick placed under the posts. Further tries came close but were undone by knock-ons from the ever reliable Kyle and McKee.
However in the final fifteen minutes Stewartry rallied back. With indiscipline costing the home side dearly, Stewartry regained the initiative by exploiting more poor tackling from Clydebank. After conceding a penalty back chat from the Bankies put them back ten further yards, the visiting number 14 took the quick penalty and evading tackles ran under the posts putting Stewartry into the lead 24-22. Stewartry scored again in the final seconds putting the final score at 29-22.
Clydebank will rue the opportunities missed in the first twenty minutes of each half where they could have put the scoreline out of reach. They will also have to wonder how a team a man down managed to break the game line so often. However Stewartry have to be credited for winning on the road with only fourteen men for most of the game.