Sat 21
1st XV
S Humphries, A Thomas, D Robertson (2), R Gladstone, D Tiffney, B Smith
A Hall (4)
Perthshire 13 Lasswade 43

Perthshire 13 Lasswade 43

By Richard Payne
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A shaky start but a strong finish

Perthshire 13 Lasswade 43

Perthshire came to this fixture without a win to date and had to be a must-win target for Lasswade if they were going to prove themselves in this division.

The game started ominously like last week’s encounter when the visitors conceded three kickable penalties in the first ten minutes but the Perthshire kicker was off target with the third one to keep the deficit to 6-0.

The visitors began to settle into the game and as the second quarter approached , counter-attacked from their own 22. Good support and inter-passing saw Humphries into the corner but too far out for Andy Hall on kicking duties this week.

In a match strewn with penalties, Lasswade were reduced to thirteen men at this point after a second yellow card in five minutes. Perthshire took full benefit and powered their way up the park. From a period of pressure on the Lasswade line their prop bullocked over for a converted try to take them eight points ahead.

This proved to be the turning point in the game as Lasswade immediately responded with a break-away try, but again too far out for the extra points. Two more tries followed in the last five minutes of the half, the first from Robertson against the posts and the second by Gladstone finishing off another long range counter-attack. One conversion by Hall set the half time score at 13-22.

The second half got off to a good start for Lasswade supporters when a lineout five metres from the Perthshire line set up a classic catch and drive finished off by Tiffney and converted by Hall.

From here on Perthshire never really threatened the visitors’ line. As the hour approached Lasswade forward dominance put the issue beyond doubt when Robertson grounded the bull against the posts after several close in rucks and mauls. Hall converted for an uncatchable score-line of 13-36.

Perthshire stemmed the tide for most of the final quarter but in the dying minutes could not prevent another counter-attack where good support play rewarded Blair Smith with the final try beside the posts for Hall to finalise the score at 13-43.

Perthshire may not be the strongest opposition that Lasswade will encounter in this campaign but this was nonetheless a good win for the Midlothian side.

This Saturday, Lasswade are hosts to Hillhead/Jordanhill who are on one win from three. Kick-off 3pm.

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Match date

Sat 21, Sep 2019




Tennents National League Division 3

League position

Sam Humphries

Player of the match

Sam Humphries