Waid FP 1st XV - Report
|Fife Southern RFC||12||vs||5||Waid Academy FP|
Fife Southern Sharks RFC v. Waid Academy FPRFC
After disruption in the fixture calendar due to weather, Waid finally got back on the field when they travelled west to Rosyth to play in the Quarter Finals of the Caledonia Midlands Regional Bowl.
From the kick off, both team tested one another but defence prevailed for both Fife teams as they went 25 minutes without a score. Powerful forwards Kato Blockley and Captain Adam Shaw continuously made ground for the visitors but rusty handling meant that they could not finish off with a score.
Eventually, Fife Southern managed to break the line after their stand-off found a gap and made decent ground. Surrounded by Waid defenders, the number ten threw the ball behind him, not knowing where it was going to land. Luckily for him, it fell straight into the clutches of the Fife Southern Centre who had nothing to do except stroll over for the first points of the day.
Waid wasted no time in attempting to thwart the opposition and Centres Ross Doak and Allan Drysdale took the game to the home side hard. Doak appeared to dance through the defence but unfortunately the move could not be executed with a score. Waid regained possession and Stand-off Stephen Denny switched play to the opposite wing to find Eric Anderson who beat his opposition and set up Duncan Fraser who scored in the corner with a breathtaking dive. Unfortunately the kick after was not converted.
This brought the first half to a close with the visitors in front 7 - 5.
Similar to the first half, the two sides failed to breach each other’s defence and Fife Southern, knowing their short pitch well, began to play the territory game. They had started to put the ball in the visitor’s 22 forcing Waid to clear to touch. Full back John Murray was brutally tackled without the ball after he chipped through which saw the first yellow card of the day. Not long after, it was déjà vu for Murray after an identical challenge saw a further yellow flashed.
Waid also saw their authoritative lock Fergus Middleton sent to the bench for not retreating ten on a penalty and tackling the opposition.
In amongst the chaos, Fife Southern had managed to draw the East Neuk men into a desperate attempt to defend their line. The ball was simply spun out for a try in favour of the Rosyth team.
The game drew to a close, and Waid travelled home, no longer in the bowl.
After the game, Captain Shaw said, “We were rusty and I think we all know we could have won here today. We will now focus on the league game against Dundee University next week.”.
Man of the Match Went to Eric Anderson (sponsored by Redpath Renovations & Andofish), who’s influential running saw Waid gain significant positioning.
Next week, Waid are away in league action against Dundee University. Kick off is at 2pm