Three defeats in a row for ‘outmuscled’ Howe of Fife

Howe's Angus Guthrie finds no way through.

Howe's Angus Guthrie finds no way through.

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Howe of Fife.........................5

Stewart’s-Melville FP.........22

The visitors from Edinburgh secured a comfortable win over Howe at Duffus on Saturday,

In depressingly wet conditions they came up against a Howe side who were out-muscled at the scrums and never threatened to get anywhere near matching their opponents.

Stewart’s-Melville, playing downhill in the first half, started strongly and took the lead after five minutes when they won possession at a scrum and moved play right for centre Ross McCann, son of former Hearts and Rangers footballer Neil, to race over for a try which stand off Andrew Manson did not convert.

The visitors were soon back looking for more and after Brodie Runciman had been sent to the bin they drove Howe back at a scrum-five for a pushover try which was touched down by Adam Howie the number eight.

Again, no conversion was recorded.

Further problems occurred for Howe when their own number eight Chris Mason was forced off with a rib injury on the half-hour mark.

Howe did mount a few attacks but Stewart’s-Melville defended well and prevented any scores by the homesters, who conceded a third try in 39 minutes through another pushover at a scrum resulting in a second try for Howie, which was again not converted. Half time score was 15-0 to the visitors.

Stewart’s-Melville got their bonus point six minutes into the second half, with a second try for McCann who cut through to score next to the posts, for Manson to kick the conversion.

Howe rallied and with 18 minutes put together a good move for Calum Willison, up from full back, to slip over the line out on the left, but Angus Guthrie’s conversion was blown wide on the wind.

Injuries to Howe props led to uncontested scrums in the latter part of the match but despite some more visiting pressure Howe kept them out.

However not a good day for Howe who have now lost three matches in a row.

This weekend they travel to Jed Forest.