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1st XV - Match centre

Strathmore RFC
Highland
Tries
A Findlater (3)
Conversions
S Fraser
Sat 5 Sep 15:00 - Caledonia Region - Division 1 Full time

Tricky Away Start To Season Negotiated

Highland got a satisfactory start to the season with a solid 5-17 win over Strathmore down at Inchmacoble Park.

The play might not have matched the high standards the players themselves set during the pre-season matches, but it showed that they are going to be a challenger for the league title.

Highland seemed to be a bit nervous from the kick-off and this led to lots of dropped passes and over-running that let the home side off the hook. Strathmore were not able to properly exploit the mistakes and although Highland struggled to string phases together they had enough of the ball to grab a try by Andrew Findlater converted by Scott Fraser. The home side had a good spell and engineered an unconverted score for a 5-7 half-time score-line.

Highland’s play just about got into gear before the break and this continued from the restart. They got so much on top that Strathmore hardly got out of their own half for the remaining forty minutes. The visitors put in some good attacks and Findlater went over twice more to complete a hat-trick of tries for the in-form back-row forward. The bonus point could have been secured if the home side was better admonished for pulling down several drives from set-pieces that were just short of the line.

Above all a win away in the first game of the season is a good start. The early front runners for the title were not really a surprise with Caithness and RAF Lossiemouth securing bonus point wins at home. The top contenders though are likely to be Gordonians and Glenrothes grabbed their bonus point wins away from home. It is perhaps too early to make any clear predictions yet the visit of Caithness next Saturday will be a challenge.

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Key moments

10:00
Try Andrew Findlater scores for Highland
10:00
Conversion Scott Fraser kicks a conversion for Highland
55:00
Try Andrew Findlater scores for Highland
70:00
Try Andrew Findlater scores for Highland
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As it happened

  • Strathmore RFC
  • Highland
  • 0
  • Andrew Findlater Try 10:00'
  • Scott Fraser Conversion 10:00'
  • Andrew Findlater Try 55:00'
  • Andrew Findlater Try 70:00'

Team selection

MacDonald, Ruaridh MacDonald, Ruaridh
rutledge, steven rutledge, steven
Dillon, Morris Dillon, Morris
Cross, Rory Cross, Rory
Titterington, David Titterington, David
Fraser, Scott Fraser, Scott
Brogan, Tom Brogan, Tom
Findlater, Andrew Findlater, Andrew
Bryden, Paddy Bryden, Paddy
Carson, Callum Carson, Callum
Baird, Oscar Baird, Oscar
McLaughlan, Nathan McLaughlan, Nathan
Paterson, Murdo Paterson, Murdo
Brown, Kevin Brown, Kevin
Murray, Stephen Murray, Stephen

League round up

Other Division 1 results

RAF Lossiemouth
63
6
Hillfoots
12
26

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Highland 18 77
2. Gordonians RFC 18 68
3. Glenrothes 18 56
4. Caithness RFC 18 50
5. Strathmore RFC 17 43
6. Dunfermline 18 32
7. Carnoustie HSFP 18 26

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