Blues return to action and put old rivals to the sword

Quintan Sanft. Photo: Michael Booth
Quintan Sanft. Photo: Michael Booth

Kirkcaldy began their preparations for the new rugby season with a four quarter training match against old rivals Dunfermline at Beveridge Park last Saturday.

Head coach Quintan Sanft has not had his problems to seek in assembling a competitive squad.

Although there has been an excellent intake of talented local youngsters there is still a desperate shortage of experienced front rowers with long term injuries and retirements.

With the scrummage such an important part of the game this is an area which will have to be rectified before the league begins.

Sanft must have been pleased that his side emerged with a comfortable 40-15 win with his side scoring six tries against only two from Dunfie.

The Blues’ try scorers were Kurt Littlejohn, Blair Skipper, Stuart Porter, Reece Hancock, Jamie Moffat and Mark Wallace while Moffat kicked two conversions and Finlay Smith getting the other three.

For both teams this was their first experience of full contact and throughout the four sessions tackling was perhaps less severe than it would have been in a league match.

The Blues had the edge up front and with superior possession their handling and support play looked impressive.

Dunfermline were relegated last spring from the Championship and will be operating in the Caledonia regional league when the competitive action starts at the end of the month.

They too are having to rebuild their side and like their hosts on Saturday included a fair number of youngsters which made them ideal opposition for this opening fixture.

The Kirkcaldy pre-season continues this Saturday with Hamilton coming to Beveridge Park for a 3.00 p.m kick-off.

The Lanarkshire side dropped down to the third tier for this season, just failing to beat the drop from the second division, and will provide much tougher opposition for the Blues.