Waid men show Howe its done

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IN perfect rugby conditions, and in front of a strong home crowd, Waid defeated a well-built Howe 2nd XV 29-8.

Waid benefited from a knock on from Howe and easily won the scrum.

Flanker Graham Gourlay ran it up the line before Howe gave up a penalty in their own half and the home side opted for the kick at goal, which was easily converted by captain Adam Shaw.

Waid themselves gave up a penalty in front of their own posts and the away side levelled the game.

As Howe spun it out to their wing, Waid’s own winger Kieran Doak, from nowhere, intercepted and could not be caught, giving the Anstruther men the first try of the day.

Waid flanker Eric Anderson spoilt the Howe throw and hooker Billy Middleton regained possession before crashing over the line to put Waid two scores ahead.

Attempting to imitate Waid’s immediate response, Howe’s centre eventually broke the line but was taken down by Waid’s full back John Murray, and this brought the curtain down on the first half.

Waid tried to increase their lead in the second half and, despite both Murray and Anderson crashing over the line on two separate occasions, the referee was unable to give the score.

Howe were eventually rewarded for their persistence when they sent the ball wide. Despite tackles coming from left, right and centre, Howe were able to flick it back inside, giving their centre room to float over the line to tighten the gap.

Waid ensured this would be the away side’s last point of the game and went on the crusade to extend their lead.

The Waid scrum was in superb form all day and after winning a scrimmage against the head, the ball was fed out to Allan Drysdale, whose powerful burst took him inches from the line before offloading to Sian Linton, who notched up another score.

Now in search for a league bonus point, Waid were seeking yet another try. This eventually came when awe-inspiring play from Anderson put lock Kato Blockley through to touch down for the points.

Captain Adam Shaw said: “Our defence was exceptional and, as a unit, we looked completely different to the team that lost against Kirkcaldy last week.”

Man of the match was Linton, who is sponsored by Chris Marr Consultancy.

This week, Waid are away to Forfar side Strathmore in a Caledonia League Division 3 Midlands East clash.