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Cumnock P6 & P7 Allan Glens @ Glasgow Warriors Half Time matches
On Friday night Cumnock P6s &P7s played in front of 3200 supporters as the half time entertainment in the Glasgow Warriors v Treviso game.
Cheered on by family and friends the Cumnock boys got off to a great start against a feisty Allan Glens team.
Cumnock came flying out of the blocks as they tackled like demons not allowing Allan Glens a minutes peace. Jamie Caldwell, Finlay Robertson and Dylan Chidwick were to the fore as the tore into the opposition. The tackling highlight was when pocket dynamo Adam “Killa” Watt tackled an opponent twice his size and landed him unceremoniously on his back.
Cumnock struggled to get their hands on the ball as a good Allan Glens side managed to offload time after time in the tackle. However their tackling frenzy stopped any chance of a Glens score. Mid way through the game however Cumnock turned over the ball through good rucking by Matt Montgomery and Ashley Popowicz and moved it quickly though hands before it landed in the hands of Jamie Drummond who bulldozed through tackle after tackle before scoring to loud cheers from the large crowd.
Cumnock continued to dominate and instigated the move of the match. Wallace Findlay gathered a long kick into the corner and cleverly passed the ball inside. The ball was transferred through 4 sets of hands before Andy Houston was denied in the opposite corner when an opponent knocked the ball out of his hands. This was rewarded by a rousing ovation from the hundreds of supports watching from the stands.
At the death clever work from Rob Drummond set off a move which resulted in the impressive Owen Young diving over for what looked like a certain try. Cruelly this was not allowed however Cumnock had done enough to win the fantastical entertaining tie 1-0.
The performance by Cumnock was their best of the season as they showed that they could play some really effective and entertaining rugby.
Primary 6 Report by Harry Reilly
The P6 team were also playing during the half time game at Warriors against an Alan Glens side which had a number of players who towered over the Cougar counterparts. This did not have any effect over the Cumnock Side who defended stoutly during the opening encounters with strong tackling form Jamie Kennedy, Kerr Robson, Keiran Murray and Lewis Young. The latter playing up from his usual P5 team and not looking out of place at all.
Having defended for a long period the ball was eventually turned over and the Cumnock side proceeded to demonstrate their superior handling and running skills. Arun Cooper, Ross Marr, Regin Stirling, Keiran Owens and Jamie Kennedy spearheaded wave after wave of Cougar attacks only to be repelled by a scrambling Glens defence.
Eventually the Cougars forced their way over the line and it was Keiran Murray who surfaced with the score and it appeared that a victory was on the cards. Glens stepped up their efforts in an attempt to secure the levelling score but the Cougars defence were determined to hold out. As the clocked ticked down the final whistle Glens moved the ball to their biggest player who managed to crash through the Cougars defence for the levelling score.
The final result was probably fair as both side had shown terrific resolve in the game. Team coach’s on both side were delighted with the performance, and going by the applause, also by the large crowd who had been following the game.
Training takes place for the P6 and P7 teams at 6:30 – 8:00 on Wednesdays at Cumnock Academy astro parks. The team also training on Sundays at Catrine games hall at 11am unless a game is scheduled. All players are welcome to come along and give it a try. Information from Morton Houston on 07794 899515.
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