Sanft hails ‘rock’ of team

Quintan Sanft, Kirkcaldy vs Hawick YM, 27th October 2012. Photo: Michael Booth
Quintan Sanft, Kirkcaldy vs Hawick YM, 27th October 2012. Photo: Michael Booth
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KIRKCALDY coach Quintan Sanft paid tribute to his forwards after they provided the platform for Saturday’s win at Lasswade.

All three tries were scored by front row players with Greg Wallace bagging a brace and George Mangalo also helping himself to a touchdown in the 20-17 victory.

Sanft (pictured) told the Press: “We’ve got a lot of experienced players in our forwards at the minute and they’ve been the rock of the team for the season.

“We’ve got so many young boys in our backs that our forwards are doing most of the work that kick-starts us.

“Our forwards dominated the scrum and line-out on Saturday, and stole a crucial ball at the end to finish off the game.

“They dominated set piece ball which is a good platform to attack and defend from.

“George and Greg are two of our most experienced players so it was good that they stepped up to the mark.”

The victory continues the Blues recent form revival that has seen them climb from second bottom (ninth) to seventh in the table.

“We’ve got some momentum so we just have to keep it going now,” Sanft said.

“Winning away at Lasswade last year kick-started our season, so to pick up another win there is great.

“It was close – we nearly gave it away in the end because of giving away cheap ball inside our 22.

“But the boys hung in there to finish off the game.”

Sanft is keen to climb further from the bottom of the table due to uncertainty over possible further league reconstruction next season.

“Our main focus is trying to climb that ladder,” he said.

“We don’t know what’s happening next season – the leagues might change again.

“We don’t want to be lingering down near the bottom then reconstruction sees us dumped down a division.”

The Blues get a break from league duty this weekend as they start their RBS Regional Cup campaign away to Howe of Fife.

Kirkcaldy were drawn in a group of four, but Dundee HSFP have pulled out due to their involvement in the British and Irish Cup, leaving the Blues in a three-team group that also includes Perthshire.

“The cup gives us an opportunity to play one or two of the younger boys who have shown commitment to training,” Sanft added.