Howe of Fife........................13
THE final of the Caledonian section of the RBS Cup took place in cold, wet conditions at Duffus Park on Saturday, and resulted in a narrow win for the men from Aberdeen.
Howe, though, pushed them hard for most of the way until the visiting pack took control of the scrums in the last quarter.
Dom Martin opened the scoring for the homesters with a 25 yard penalty in five minutes but Aberdeen replied less than 10 minutes later with a converted try from second row Andrew Cramond after some strong forward play.
Martin kicked another penalty for Howe to bring the score back to 6-7, and then after 34 minutes Chris Mason saw Gary Gordon’s yellow card after being on the wrong side of a ruck.
Howe made light of their short-handedness and with 34 minutes gone a patient build-up by them resulted in Graham Thomson breaking away up the left before the supporting Girvin Imrie veered inland to finish off the move at the posts.
Martin to add the extras.
However Howe, despite a spell of pressure, were not able to turn it into points, and as the half advanced the Grammar pack took control in the scrums.
After 20 minutes, and several scrum penalties later, Mr Gordon became vexed with Grant Henderson and banished him to the sidelines for what amounted to the remainder of the match.
Three minutes after this some more strong forward play from the visitors ended with tight-head Struan Cessford diving over between the posts. Replacement stand off Graeme Clow added conversion points and Aberdeen then held out comfortably for the remaining minutes.
In the end it was they who took the cup and now advance to play the winners of one of the other sections in the semi-finals.
For Howe, it’s a match against Musselburgh at Duffus Park this Saturday.