Strathmore 1st XV returned to league action on Saturday following a 5 week break due to the Six Nations games and the bad weather by hosting league newcomers Banff RFC. It was Banff’s first visit to Inchmacoble and will possibly be one to forget as they headed back north after suffering a 83-5 defeat.
Strathmore started brightly in the glorious afternoon sunshine and only took 6 minutes to score their first try. Ali Olivier out ran the winger to score his first try of an amazing five tries in the game. Lee Alexander added the conversion. James Kiely was next to crash over the Whitewash for the first of his brace of tries.
Despite the scoreline Banff didn’t look out of the game and deservedly scored the next try following good link up play but narrowly missed the conversion.
After that it was pretty much all one way traffic with many more tries from the Men in Black. Lee Alexander scored his first of three tries by jinking his way past several Banff defenders before side stepping the fullback to score under the posts. Needless to say he also scored the conversion.
James Lockhart playing at out side centre was next up to score a try which was just reward for his sterling work at thwarting a rare Banff attack earlier on. Halftime 31-5.
The second half resumed in more or less the same vein with Strathie attacking at every opportunity playing some great free flowing rugby. Banff really struggled with the speed and lines the Inchmacoble backs were running so needless to say the scoreline kept increasing.
Head Coach Stewart Ross playing at 10 scored a try in the corner but his celebrations were muted as Ross had started playing rugby with Banff at the age of 14 and was playing against a few childhood pals.
Darren Slasher Bell is never far away from getting on the scoreline either and managed to cross the try line twice before the referee called time on 80 minutes. Fulltime score 83-5
Head Coach Stewart Ross commented “Great to be playing at Inchmacoble again. The boys put on a clinical performance. Hats off to Banff who stuck in to the end.”
This Saturday the Strathie 1st XV head down to Grangemouth in a must win game against the Stags kick off is 3pm.
The Angus Development team played Aberfeldy on Saturday at Union Park in Montrose. The development team ran out convincing winners 59-12 and sees them move into the top half of the table which is crucial to the joint Strathie 2nd XV and Montrose RFC venture.
This week the Angus Development team host Rosyth Rugby Club kicking off at 3pm. Venue to be confirmed.