Glenrothes 23, Stirling University 22
Despite this, Glens did not start well and it was Stirling who dominated the first quarter.
Their first try came after just six minutes and a good conversion made it 7-0 before the students extended their lead five minutes later.
Glens have come back from bigger deficits than 12 points at Carleton on many occasions, but it was not until the half hour that they got on the scoreboard with a Shaun Gray penalty.
A well worked try from Jordan Grubb, followed by a missed conversion, took the match into the interval at 12-8 in favour of Stirling.
Stirling struck first just five minutes into the second half with a score under the posts, but after both teams were reduced to 14 men Glens started to dominate again.
Glens had their danders up and set about battering the visitors try line again and scrum-half Michael Delorey got his reward for dictating the tempo with Glens’ second try of the match.
Another missed conversion by Gray meant that once again Glens were just four points behind.
The sizeable home support was feeling confident that Glens would now dominate the remainder of the game – but once again it was Stirling who made the next break through to lead 22-13.
Glens once again took the game by the scruff of the neck and Varney powered over the line for his side’s third try to reduce Stirling’s lead once again to four points.
It was that man Maxwell who scored the try that would ultimately win the RBS Midlands Bowl for the Glens, touching down on the right wing after good forward play infield had sucked in the Uni defence.
Dean missed the conversion and Glens had less than 10 minutes to hold onto their 23-22 lead. Referee Peterson’s final whistle nearly brought the house down at Carleton as a combination of relief and joy overwhelmed players, coaches and spectators alike.
So Glens win silverware for the second season running and, for another couple of weeks anyway, are the holders of the league and Bowl titles. No surprise then that a good night was had by all in the clubhouse.
Reflecting on the match Glens’ coach Tom Hainey said: “Most of the boys who played have experienced great comebacks at Carleton and a few have said they never felt that they wouldn’t do the job in the second half.
“I wish I shared their confidence because that was torture for me and John Green.”
All of this means that Glens move into the semi-final of the RBS National Bowl and will play St Boswells who beat Liberton in the final of the RBS East Bowl.
That match will take place at Carleton on Saturday, March 29, with a 2.30 p.m kick off.