Waid FP 1st XV - Report
Waid Academy FPRFC 86 - 0 Arbroath RFC
Waid played hosts to Angus side Arbroath Rugby Football Club on Saturday in wet and slippery conditions. Waid were determined to make amends for last week’s loss, and with both Waid and Arbroath closely positioned in the league, Waid wanted to give them
Waid attempted to batter the Arbroath line until finally, Inside Centre Allan Drysdale broke through to touch down between the posts for Waid’s first score of the day. Shaw was next to score when he took off on one of his signature inspirational runs.
The rain held off but unfortunately for Arbroath, it began raining trys for Waid. Full back John Murray was next on the score sheet after he ran up the wing following a pass from Flanker Graham Gourlay who offloaded.
Arbroath were bound to be frustrated at this point and could not get any possession whatsoever. Winger Andy MacIver decided to aggravate the away side further more when he was put into space to score Waid’s fourth try inside the first fifteen minutes.
Just when things started to look grim for the visitors, Waid decided to unleash their latest weapon in new recruit, Winger Mark McKenzie, who’s speed could not be matched by any opposing player on the pitch. As play was slowed mid pitch towards the sideline, Scrum-half Keiran Doak increased the tempo and the ball was spun out all the way to ball hungry McKenzie who pumped his legs all the way to the opposing line for his first score for Waid.
McKenzie, Doak and Shaw all picked up scores before the half-time whistle which saw Waid up by 60 points to nil.
The second half started in similar fashion. Waid’s forwards continued to push Arbroath off the ball in all scrums and the new Lock duo of Kato Blockley and Gus Middleton was fantastic to watch as they rewarded the home side with positive yardage. Stand-off for today Sian Linton, kept a cool head at all times and set up a nice gap for Allan Drysdale to sprint though for his second of the day.
In spite of dominating the game, Waid appeared to take their foot off the gas midway throught the second half and Arbroath began to attack hard. Waid found themselves in their own 22 for a good while and the Angus men made life difficult. The away side probably deserved a try at this point but the ruthless defending by Flanker Mark Stormonth and Centre Richard Bach made certain that nothing would be getting through them today.
Waid eventually cleared the danger and got back on track. After some slow play, the ball had again found McKenzie on the wing and it was a case of Déjà vu when the pacey winger did exactly as he did in the first half and took it up the wing for the score.
Some sloppy play followed when rain made the ball feel like a bar of soap, but luckily, any scrums that came of this were continually victorious in Waid’s favour. Number eight pick-ups occurred triumphantly and Adam Shaw scored yet again in the corner of the field.
Gourlay was next to score. The legendary flanker had caused Arbroath to feel as miserable as the weather and topped off his performance with a try after bursting through half the away team.
Captain Shaw rounded off the day for his team with a final try, resulting in an 86 nil win for the Anstruther men.
After the whistle sounded, Shaw said “After last week, we had a massive point to prove. We wanted the a huge result to show the rest of the league we are in serious contention for this league. There’s always room for improvement but I am delighted our boys showed up today”.
Man of the match today was Allan Drysdale who is sponsored by Stuart Hannah. Drysdale’s domination in the centre proved too much for Arbroath to handle.
Next week, Waid face a journey to Montrose as they continue in their league campaign.
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