First XV - Report
Date: Saturday 22nd October 2011 - Kick Off: 15:00
RBS Premier & National Leagues - RBS Premier 2
Falkirk 21 Watsonians 43 Full Match Report
Arguably coming up against the best team that they have faced so far in this season's league campaign Falkirk were just swept aside when,in a devastating and demoralising opening 30 minute passage of play visitors Watsonians ran in seven tries without reply and the match was virtually over as a spectacle by half time. Using the strong wind at their back to full advantage the Edinburgh side soon had Falkirk at their mercy in their 22 metre area,and following an awesome drive by their forwards Full-Back Marcus Di Rollo,former Scottish Internationalist under Frank Hadden's term as Team Coach,ran in an unconverted try in the corner with only 4 minutes on the clock. Embarrassingly Stand Off Ben Di Rollo broke clean through,without any one laying a finger on him,under Falkirk's posts following another period of concerted pressure,only 2 minutes later,for another all too easy try. Keeping up their relentless pressure Sonians subjected the home side to barricading themselves on their try line,which eventually was breached when Open Side Wing Forward Paul Tuala crashed his way over in the 14th minute,and very shortly afterwards indeed fellow Wing Forward Chris Scott barged through for the Myreside's bonus point awarding try. With Falkirk now completely shell-shocked and all at sea the visitors continued the rampage,and when the Sunnysiders lost control of a line- out near their 22 metre line Paul Tuala snapped up the ball and needed no second invitation in storming over for his brace of tries. Alas the bloodletting was not over for Falkirk just yet as both Ben Di Rollo and Chris Scott ran in further tries for their second touchdowns of the afternoon,with Scrum Half Brian Walls adding 4 conversions. However Falkirk did show some spirit when they forced Sonians back to their 5 metre line and Lock Forward Keepa Mewett crashed over from the ensuing ruck in the 35th minute,with Stand Off Jonny Hope converting successfully for a Half Time score of Falkirk 7 Watsonians 43. With the elements now in their favour the Sunnysiders made full use of the continuing gusting wind,and they certainly needed to if they had any chance at all to claw some points back. Encouragingly they again managed to pin Sonians in their 22 metre area,and in almost a carbon copy big Keepa Mewett bulldozed his way through for the touchdown near the visitors' try line in the 52nd minute. However just as Jonny Hope was about to convert the ball blew over at the last second,but showing remarkable speed of thought he quickly plucked up the loose ball and sent a well taken Drop Goal sailing between the visitors' uprights. Seven minutes later Falkirk reaped further reward for pressure applied when Chris Harris broke through underneath Sonian's posts for a moral boosting try,which Jonny Hope duly converted. Admittedly there was not a snowballs' chance in hell of Falkirk coming anywhere near to winning the game,but in saying that every point won is very important at the end of the day and the Sunnysiders were very unlucky indeed not to be awarded a bonus point as they were over the line twice and denied on both occasions. Firstly Cole Ronald seemed to get downward pressure on the ball but referee David Changleng ruled that the ball had been held up and awarded a 5 metre scrum to Falkirk,and secondly from a very similar situation with the same player involved this time Changleng jokingly indicated for the fictitious T.M.O. and denied the try. Falkirk Team 1.Kris Burney 2.Bruce Simpson 3.Guy Ramsay 4.Brendan Cairns 5.Keepa Mewett 6.Jeff Lepa 7.Bob Wyllie 8.Nathan Watts 9.Mark Bruce 10.Jonny Hope 11.Chris Harris 12.David Lyle 13.Graham Gillilands 14.Gordon McGuire 15.Stuart McAllister. Subs. 16.Craig Lambie 17.Cole Ronald 18.Niall Lear 19.Chad McGlame.