Belated match report - analysis by Blind Pugh!
The report below is shaped by Ally Offin from the analysis of the infamous Blind Pugh, aka Peter Ferrie. Delayed by Thunders neglecting his duties due to try scoring shock.
Report by Ally Offin, based on Peter Ferrie's analysis
East Kilbride made the long journey to Annan on Saturday to face a team with a 100% record this league season.
In the opening minutes of the game things didn’t look great for EK. Having lost their own throw in to a line-out they then conceded a penalty for not rolling away though some on the sidelines (PF no doubt!) felt EK were treated harshly. The Annan kicker did not fail with his attempt at goal making the score 3 – nil for the home side after 8 minutes of play.
EK took the lead after 15 minutes. Gregor Hagerty carried the ball into the opposition 22 and from there, good close passing and ball retention led to Christopher McLennan claiming his first of two tries. Scott Shankie’s successful conversion made the score 3-7.
With Scott Shankie taking the game to the opposition, the visiting support were eagerly anticipating further scoring and this came when Shankie touched down after 23 minutes for an unconverted try.
The score was extended further after 26 minutes when the powerful combination of Eddie Beaton and Paul Rosie saw the ball carried close to the line and offload to Shankie who was caught a couple of metres short of the line, at which point Mark Ellison gathered the recycled ball and nipped in from one metre. Shankie’s conversion made the score Annan 3- EK 19.
The half was not over. EK conceded another penalty after 33 minutes which the Annan kicker converted. Five minutes later Alan Steel scored a try, converted by Shankie when an Annan scrum was disrupted by EK pressure close to the line and, with the half running with EK failing to control the ball from the kick off the ball was turned over and an individual effort from the Annan no. 10 and the conversion of his try made the half-time score Annan 13, EK 26.
EK extended their lead 6 minutes into the second half. A good pick up by Steel on Annan 22 metre, a blind side pass to Ellison and a feed to Grant Dryburgh lead to an unconverted try - 13-31.
EK gained good position 6 minutes later when a Shankie penalty kick to touch put them deep into the Annan 22. The line out was lost, allowing Annan to clear and when, after 61 minutes, the home side ran an EK clearance kick back at them from 60 metres allowed Annan in for a converted try making the score 20-31.
It was EK that were to have the last word when, having won the ball from their own line-out throw on 5 metres, they drove to the Annan line where McLellan claimed his second try. Final score Annan 20- East Kilbride 36.
Blind Pugh felt that this was easily EK’s best performance of the season. They attacked with purpose and the tackling had a touch of brutality to it. Good to see the backs move the ball and spread out the Annan defence. On the down side, losing their own put in at the line out and failure to take and control the ball from the opposition kick offs are aspects of the game in which there is room for improvement.
Man of the match – Peter Ferrie’s nominee – for his work in defence and attack is Scott Shankie.