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By Ryan Townsley
Another away win for First XV, Home defeat for Second XV
Glenrothes started the second half of their league season with a trip to Aberdeen to face the Wanderers who were well beaten earlier in the year at Carleton Park. With 10 front row forwards unavailable for one reason or another, the Glens had an unusual look in the pack but the back line had a familiar feel.
The home team on the front foot and opened the scoring with a penalty from just inside the Glens 22m line. However it wasn’t long before the Reds started to take control. Shaun Gray opened the Glens’ account with a neatly taken try and shortly afterwards Rhys Bryce doubled their tally.
The Aberdonians kicked a second penalty, but the Glens were already well into their stride. Michael Delorey grabbed the third try with a sniping run from scrum half before Ewan Arthur scored the bonus point try which Gray converted.
Gray, who was later declared man of the match, grabbed his second try which he converted before rounding off the first half scoring by converting Bryce’s second try. This made the score at the interval 6-36.
The second half also belonged to the Glens but was not quite such plain sailing. Ross Anderson raced up his wing to notch the first try of the half before Arthur was yellow carded as indiscipline came back to haunt the Reds. During his enforced absence, Wanderers took advantage of their numerical superiority to score their only try of the game. On his return to the fray, Arthur quickly made amends by finishing off a move involving most of the Glens team and Gray converted.
Kenny Harrow was yellow carded as the official lost patience with a string of Glenrothes offences but on this occasion the hosts were unable to capitalise on this. In fact it was the visitors who scored the remaining points of what had proved, for them, to be an enjoyable afternoon. Cammy Goodall showed his speed and power to score the Glens ninth try and James Cowan took the try count into double figures as the game reached its conclusion. Gray converted both tries to give a final score of 11-62.
Wanderers enjoyed some periods of possession and pressure but on the whole were always second best. The Glens forwards, despite the changes in personnel, enjoyed the upper hand in the set scrum and this allied to a clever kicking game in windy conditions gave the backs ample opportunity to showcase their finishing ability.
Meanwhile at Carleton Park, the Glens second string endured a rather more difficult afternoon against Montrose and District. The game got off to a disastrous start with Craig Kinnear forced from the park with damaged ankle ligaments within the first two minutes. By half time, the visiting team were 0-31 up and added a further 19 unanswered points in the second period. The Reds spent much of the second half in their opponents 22m area but were unable to convert pressure into points and will feel that the final score flattered their opponents. Mickael Mauny was deservedly declared man of the match.
Both Glenrothes teams have a couple of weeks off during the Autumn Internationals and the 1st XV resume their league fixtures by entertaining local rivals Dunfermline on Friday 23rd November with the seconds at McKane Park the following day.
Updated 19:29 - 5 Nov 2018 by Ryan Townsley