Perthshire 39 v 8 Orkney
The Colts kept their Caledonia Cup run going in impressive fashion with a fine victory over Orkney at the Inch last Saturday.
Shire kicked off, Scott Alcorn chased, caught, sprinted and touched down with 6 seconds on the clock. Orkney seemed to have been caught by surprise and as the half progressed Shire were playing fluently and with purpose, Scott motoring along the line after 8 minutes was tackled, forward phases, then he got the ball again and cut through the visitors defence to score his second which Peter Bruce Wooton converted.
Orkney were fighting to get out of their half and when they tackled they did so shudderingly, Ben Taylor going down with a blow to the nose early on. Shire managed to keep the play going though and the backs were seeing a lot of the ball, Pete, Tom Galbraith, Ruaridih Davidson and Ben Vardi were surging forward in the dry conditions and forcing the visitors onto the back foot.
Scott then went over after 25 minutes for his hat trick, Pete converting and also adding a penalty just before the break to make the half time score 22 – 0.
Orkney came out in the second half and started to show their quality with strong forward play, their backs also beginning to make inroads and earning the reward for time in the Shire half with a converted penalty.
Shire came back on the attack and Brodie Rivers, displaying awareness and speed, seized on a spilled ball to score Shires 4th try which Pete again converted.
Orkney came back creating much more possession for themselves, but Shire defended, great kicking from Pete and excellent team work got the home side back up the pitch. An Orkney relieving kick was then brilliantly charged down by Angus McCance who surged forward to fall on the ball in the try area for Shires 5th score.
The visitors responded, this time doing damage with their stand out player Aidan Dreevor going over for a well deserved try to make the score 34 – 8.
Perthshire though finished the game in effective style with great forward work, Ewan McKenzie and Angus McCance going over for the final try, 2.5 points each, and the game ended 39 – 8.
Huge thanks to Orkney for making the trip down here and doing massive credit to Orkney Rugby Club with their application on the pitch and friendliness afterwards. Following the game Shires coach Craig Ormieston expressed the sentiment felt by all which was that a return fixture would be great to repay the compliment.
To reflect on some aspects of Shires performance; Scott Alcorn cant keep his name off the score sheet, he has gas, swerve, a side step and, in this game, a hat trick – give someone else a chance Scott, and up stepped MOM Ben Vardi who repeatedly came into the line with devastating effect abetted by Tom, Ruaridh and Pete who put in great performances serviced by gutsy Ben Taylor at scrum half.
Brodie Rivers at hooker and second row Ewan McKenzie, both with shoulder injuries, played without much regard for their own wellbeing, along with Lawrence Smith, David Hill made a massive smash and Angus McCance showed what a fine player he is with his work rate, courage and 1, or possibly 2, tries, video ref for that one please.
Ben McGrogan came on and played really well and it was more of the same from Callum Coutts, Arran Sheach and Jamie Robertson who propelled the team forward.
Apologies to Euan McFarlane who played well at prop and hopefully his name is spelled correctly this time.
A great team effort which takes Perthshire Colts into the semi finals of the Caledonia Cup and the dream is on.
1 Kyle MacKinnon
2 Brodie Rivers
3 Euan McFarlane
4 Lawrence Smith
5 Ewan McKenzie
6 Jamie Robertson
7 Callum Coutts
8 Arran Sheach
9 Ben Taylor
10 Peter Bruce Wooton
11 Scott Alcorn
12 Tom Galbraith
13 Ruaridih Davidson
14 Matthew McCrory
15 Ben Vardi
16 Angus McCance
17 Ben McGrogan
18 David Hill
19 Matthew Keracher
Tries Alcorn 3, McCance 1.5, Rivers, McKenzie 0.5
Cons Bruce Wooton 3
Pens Bruce Wooton 1