Pre-season silverware as Glens win the battle of Bannockburn

Glens players with the Bannockburn 10s trophy, fronted by coach Tom Hainey and captain Kenny Christie
Glens players with the Bannockburn 10s trophy, fronted by coach Tom Hainey and captain Kenny Christie
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Saturday saw Glenrothes’ pre-season continue with a visit to Bannockburn’s 10’s tournament.

Glens started well with a 40-0 win over an under strength Forrester team.

The Edinburgh club had a first XV match elsewhere and will be an entirely different prospect when they come to Carleton in two weeks time for the first home action of the season.

Next up was Jordanhill Phoenix who had lost narrowly to Grangemouth in their opening tie.

Glens also stumbled their way to a narrow win over the Glasgow boys making too little use of the ball and opting to take the contact far too often.

That win secured a semi final place for the Glens with their final pool match against Grangemouth a dour 16 minutes of rugby that ended 14-7 in favour of the Grangemouth team.

That defeat meant that Glens would play winners of the other group in the semi final, Livingston, who had enjoyed a largely comfortable unbeaten run through the pool stage.

Glens were an altogether different prospect for Livingston, however, and the match ended 5-0 in the Fifers’ favour and the stage was set for another tip at Grangemouth in the final.

Unfortunately, and despite being offered additional players by the hosts, Grangemouth declined to play the final opting instead to forfeit the tie to the Glens in a disappointing end to the tournament.

While it was great to start the season with some silverware the most important outcome was that Glens were able to test out some new combinations and see how some new adjustments to their game plan worked in practice.

Glens can now look forward to their annual trip to the Lasswade XVs tournament in good spirit.