Glenrothes 2nd XV 45 Perthshire 24
A STRONG Glenrothes second string started this match playing downhill in glorious sunshine against a Perthshire side whose forwards, in particular, looked to be larger than their hosts.
But it was Reds who opened the scoring as veteran Jim Scott ran in untouched from 10 metres. Shaun Gray added the extra two points.
Reds’ tackling, or lack of it, was to blame when Perthshire’s stand-off equalised following a scrum awarded for a knock on in a lineout and then converted his own score.
Perthshire then enjoyed their best spell and their pressure led to a forward try to the left of the posts, followed by a conversion.
Things got worse for Reds when a speculative clearance from Kane Duguid allowed the Perthshire right winger to side-step the chase and accelerate up the wing to touch down in the corner, too far from the posts for a successful conversion.
Reds stole a lineout ball and Ryan Thow surged through the Perthshire ranks to set up a ruck under the posts, where Perthshire infringed.
The three points on offer were spurned and a tap penalty set up Shaun Gray for a try to the right of the posts. The conversion was missed.
The tide had now turned and another quick penalty allowed youngster Lee Gartshore to score and Gray’s successful conversion levelled the scores at half-time at 19-19.
The weather had deteriorated during the first-half, and the second period was played in swirling mist. This could not hide the sparkling performance after the break.
Firstly it was Lee George who scored to the left of the uprights to take a five point lead.
Jordan Grubb made two or three good breaks, one of which led to Reds finding themselves with a three man overlap on the left. Shaun Gray scored the try with Kane Duguid successfully taking over the kicking duties.
The Perthshire defence was in disarray as a through kick from Stewart Hainey allowed Kyle Armstrong to run in unopposed with Duguid again converting the try.
The fourth try of the second-half brought the biggest cheer of the day when Jim Scott avoided a couple of tackles before off loading to Connor Baxter. The hooker sprinted down the wing from the 22 and then ran round behind the posts with Duguid’s conversion giving Reds a 26 point lead.
To their credit, Perthshire never looked like giving up and they scored the final points of a very enjoyable game when they ran a penalty near the posts. They moved the ball right allowing their centre to take the final score to 45-24.
Sunday saw the Colts first sevens tournament of the season with them playing well and leading their opening tie at half-time before eventually succumbing 34-17.
Next Saturday sees the 1st XV at second-placed Hillfoots and needing to take something from the game if they are to avoid relegation.