COLTS WIN ON THE ROAD IN ABERDEEN
Perthshire Colts remain undefeated in the Caladonian Champions league following a narrow 15-14 win over Aberdeen Grammar School. Weather conditions were perfect for rugby with a light breeze blowing down the pitch.
Perthshire started brightly with some good work in the forwards along Scott Alcorn to come close on the left wing.
Perthshire took the lead in 10 minutes from the boot of Craig Letham following a penalty conceded in front of the posts.
The match was finely poised with Perthshire easily matching their opponents but basic errors in handling and at lineout began to hand too much possession to Aberdeen. A bizarre 3 minutes was to follow with 20 minutes in Shire handed 2 tries under the posts to the home side. The first an easy run in on the left wing and directly from the restart hesitation allowed the home side in on the right wing to make the scoreline 14 –3.
Shire steadied the ship and this was aided on 28 minutes when the Aberdeen N0 12 was yellow carded for high tackling. The referee who was excellent throughout the contest had previously warned the home side with regards the nature of their tackling. Shire applied the pressure with some good ball winning tackles in midfield, which allowed good backs handling to release full back David Peddie to score. Craig Letham missed the resultant conversion attempt from a difficult angle.
Half time came with the scoreline at 14-8 for he homeside.
Shire started the second half brightly still with words of wisdom ringing from the half time “chat” with coaches Ormiston and Taylor. Still with the advantage of playing against 14 men Arran Sheach was onto a loose lineout by Aberdeen deep in their 22 and provided a good platform along with the forwards to allow the backs to move the ball quickly out to the right and Craig Letham in to score under the posts. Craig slotted the resultant kick to edge Shire in front 15 –14.
Shire continued with some basic errors in the second half giving possession to Aberdeen who could do little with it and were barely in the Shire half throughout. Shire were awarded several long range penalties which Craig letham took who although accurate, just didn’t quite have the length.
The coaches rang the changes and substitute Finlay Stiven provide some much needed direct running in the backs and broke the game line on several occasions.
Shire maintained the pressure until the relieving sound of the final whistle. The result shows that it was a close match but reality is that if some of the basic errors made by Perthshire had been eradicated then the score line would have looked far more comfortable
Ben Vardi was industrious throughout the match and this brought him the man of the match award.
A good performance by Shire who secured another win on the road.
Appendage of the day was awarded to the skipper Kyle McKinnon who whilst in the changing rooms managed to answer his own telephone call to Craig Letham on Lethams handset. Funny thing was he didn’t recognise the caller.
After the match the team enjoyed a Toffs and Chavs theme with some Ormiston led high jinks.
If hairdresser ever goes into decline Alastair will easily obtain employment in the funeral directory business with his smart tails and top hat.