Waid FP 1st XV - Report
|Dundee University||38||vs||22||Waid FP (1xv)|
Dundee University RFC 38 -22 Waid Academy FPRFC
Waid travelled North for their first league encounter since the Caledonia Midlands Division 3 split. Finding themselves in the top group, they were against tough opponents in Dundee University, who have already made some big noise in the league.
On perfect conditions, it only took Waid 5 minutes before they found themselves on the score sheet. Allan Drysdale’s power was no match for his opposite number and he raced through to touch down. The students were eager to fight back and found space on the wing to equal the score, before converting for the lead.
The Uni were using the kicking game heavily although Waid backs Andrew MacIver and Garry Anderson handled the pressure competently and forced the ball backing a threatening manner.
Regrettably for the Fifers, once Dundee had gained control, their speedy backs were able to rack up a couple more tries in quick succession forcing Waid to revaluate their game plan.
Down by a bit, Waid were able to get on the score sheet again through the force of Fergus Middleton, who had been devastating anyone in his path all day.
Waid were down at the half but looked strong and hungry on the restart. The work ethic of Kato Blockley and Gary McLaggan was phenomenal. Combined with the speed and strength of Captain Adam Shaw, Waid began to get going. Inside their own half, the ball found it’s way along the line to Ross Doak, who’s powerful running gained ground before passing off to John Murray, who sprinted up the line to chalk up another score for the Anstruther men.
Waid were now looking the better team, and prop Duncan Fraser took the ball hard to the opponents. Kevin Anderson showed his leadership in the lines and scrums and Waid were winning everything. Kieran Doak made some rapid breaks to gain territory, but it was through the supremacy of Allan Drysdale that Waid were able to get another score and bring the game within 4 points in favour of the home side.
Waid were dominating play and looking to sneak the victory, when a penalty decision against them swung the momentum and Dundee scored to kill off all hopes of a comeback before adding another to bury the game.
After the game, captain Adam Shaw spoke; “obviously we are very disappointed but we’ve identified our weaknesses and what must be addressed before our next match.”
Man of the match was awarded to Allan Drysdale, sponsored by Stuart Hannah, who was influential and authoritative the entire game.
Waid are away to Glenrothes next Saturday with a 2pm kick-off.