Falkirk 5 / Dumfries 10
Game Scribe - Bill Arkley
The cold, wet and miserable conditions dictated that the result would go to the team who could best adapt.
Low scoring, forward dominated games with the backs resorting to “kick & chase” are the usual fare on offer at this time of year and so this game proved.
Falkirk were first to score after 15 mins of play when back row player, Matt Larsen broke clear from a ruck on the Dumfries 22 and scored out wide for an unconverted try.
Despite the conditions, Falkirk frequently attempted to move the ball wide through the backs and their attacks were littered with handling errors.
Dumfries who had adopted a more conventional approach, leveled the score mid way through the first half when their centre, Sam Hiddleston, following up a well placed kick, took the ball at pace and cut through a static Falkirk defence for an unconverted try.
For the remainder of the half, the two packs were engaged in little more than a grim slog.
The second half was a continuation of what had gone before and as the game entered the final quarter there was every indication that the final result would be a hard fought, low scoring draw..
Falkirk at this point decided to enter into the Christmas Spirit and gifted Dumfries the ball through a series of errors bordering on farce.
Despite having been awarded a kickable penalty which might well have sealed the game,
indiscipline by Falkirk caused the referee to reverse his decision.
Dumfries cleared their line and from the ensuing line-out, hacked the ball up the field.
Two Falkirk defenders stopped to exchange knitting patterns and left the Dumfries winger Andrew Wilson , a clear run to the line for the final unconverted score.
The difficult conditions were a major influence on the game but Dumfries played throughout with a greater sense of urgency and cohesion and deserved to win what was a poor game. However, Falkirk are still at the top of the league albeit GHA and Cartha have games in hand.
Best for Falkirk were Stand off Andrew Krelle and winger Frazer Lyle but for many others it was a game they would prefer to forget.
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