Dunfermline 1st XV (3) vs Strathmore 1st XV (8)
Strathmore’s strong defence wins away game to Dunfermline in a close encounter.
Strathmore made the trip down to Mckane Park to play Dunfermline.
The weather on the way down was horrendous with heavy rain and strong winds which didn’t look good for a day of running rugby but fortunately on arrival the sun tried to make an appearance.
Strathmore warmed up with a high intensity with very little errors and good communication which left the team going into the game with a very positive attitude.
The game started with Strathmore pressurizing the Dunfermline’s try line straight from the whistle with both sets of forwards and backs linking well in some very promising phases of play. Strathmore let themselves down with silly penalty’s and failed to score a try from within the Dunfermline’s 22. The first points came to Strathmore through the boot of Fraser Mckay after some desperate defence from the home side. (0 -3). Strathmore let Dunfermline back into the game and spent most of the remainder of the first half defending their line which to the away side was done extremely well with only 3 points given to Dunfermline through lack of discipline from the Strathmore team.
Half time Dunfermline 3 Strathmore 3
Strong words from Captain Jamie Gardiner at half time brought the Strathmore side together with the game really opening up with end to end rugby, with some great defence again from the Strathmore side.
Momentum was starting to swing Strathmore’s way with the game being played in the home side’s 22 with good link play from the forwards and the backs well utilized it wasn’t long before Dave Vernon made a break to link with Glenn Feighan to score in the corner. (3 – 8). The conversion was missed. Dunfermline were looking to get back in the game and Strathmore just about allowed them with several penalties given away but with good defensive efforts especially from set play we capitalized and fought of way back into the home sides half.
The game finished with Strathmore once again putting pressure on the Dunfermline side with the full time whistle being blown deep inside their half,
Final Score Dunfermline 3 Strathmore 8.
Head coach Stewart Ross was pleased with the result but feels we could have capitalized more whilst inside the oppositions half, the defensive effort from 1 to 15 was outstanding with boys putting their bodies on the line to ensure the line was not breached.
Strathmore will be looking to improve on this week’s performance when Dunfermline are welcomed to Inchmacoble in the next round of the Caledonia Shield.