First XV - Report
Date: Saturday 1st December 2012 - Kick Off: 14:00
RBS Championship - RBS Championship A
Greenock Wanderers 17 Falkirk 25 Full Match Report
After a two week gap since their last fixture against Aberdeen Grammar at Rubislaw Falkirk showed no signs of rustiness at all,and got back to winning ways,with a pretty competent display over Greenock Wanderers at Fort Matilda last weekend. Belying the previous night's weather forecast of freezing temperatures both teams found the Fort Matilda pitch to be a green oasis amidst a wintry backdrop and an absolute credit to the ground staff who made it all possible. If there was any doubt at all about Falkirk's intent and determination they were quickly dispelled straight from the starting whistle when they spun the ball to the back division,and after taking possession just outside Wanderers' 22 metre line Outside-Centre Graham Gillilands almost scored under the posts,and it took desperate defending by the home side to keep their line intact. However as the game progressed it became increasingly more obvious that although both sets of forwards were arguably evenly matched in the set-scrums,Falkirk's pack were absolutely dominant in the loose, with Aubrey Mncube in particular a thorn in Wanderers' side. Time after time the home side were put under pressure in their 22 metre area,being constantly driven back to their try line on a number of occasions and it is a credit to their dogged last ditch defending that kept their opponents from scoring. Persevering well Falkirk's iron will eventually prevailed in the 15th minute,when following slick handling from the backs,good hard graft by the forwards paved the way for Blind Side Wing Forward Tom Hobbs to crash over in the bottom right hand corner for an unconverted try. Seven minutes later Full-Back Alex Penman extended the visitors, lead with a long range penalty conversion from Wanderers' ten metre line,but Greenock countered only three minutes afterwards when excellent lead up work from forwards and backs alike ended up with Outside-Centre McGroarty running round and dotting the ball down under Falkirk,s posts for a try which Right Winger Devlin presently converted. Gallingly all Falkirk had to show for all their first half dominance and pressure was a tenuous 8-7 half time lead. Nevertheless they commenced the second period with a resounding bang and were successful within the opening two minutes. Collecting the ball deep in his own half Open Side Wing Forward Aubrey MnCube set off for Wanderers' line at a rate of knots,and after play was taken on Falkirk probed both sides of the field before Scrum-Half Stuart McGhee broke from a ruck under the home side's posts and send new boy and Stand-Off Richard Krelle in for an unconverted try. Hitting a purple patch Falkirk continued to get the upper hand in the loose exchanges,and following yet another ruck on Wanderers' 5 metre line MnCube darted through for his very much deserved touchdown in the 53rd minute,with Penman adding the conversion. Wanderers retaliated with a penalty conversion from Devlin in the 62nd minute but Falkirk responded just 4 minutes afterwards when,once more,they had Wanderers at their mercy on their try line and fittingly it was Nathan Watts,returning after a long injury,who got the the bonus point awarding try. Unfortunately Falkirk lost concentration in the 76th minute when very slack defending indeed allowed Lock-Forward Gray an easy run in under the posts which Devlin duly converted. Falkirk Team 1.Kris Burney 2.Andrew Simpson 3.Ihipa Thompson 4.Lawrence Miller 5.Will Hansen 6.Tom Hobbs 7.Aubrey MnCube 8.Matt Larson 9.Dan Ritchie 10.Andrew Krelle 11.Niall Lear 12.Andrew Hamilton 13.Graham Gillilands 14.David Lyle 15.Alex Penman Subs.16.Graeme Simpson 17.Stuart McCulloch 18.Nathan Watts 19.Stuart McGhee. This Week Falkirk are at home where they take on Dunfermline in their second Premier Cup Tie at Cala Park. Kick-Off is at 2.00p.m.