Glens are victors in the battle of Bannockburn

Stewart Hainey scored in Glens' comfortable win
Stewart Hainey scored in Glens' comfortable win

Bannockburn 0, Glenrothes Rugby 41

Glens sent a scratch team of just fifteen to Bannockburn for a last minute friendly after the cancellation of the Development team’s league game against Hillfoots.

The visitors started the game brightly playing on a wet pitch into a strong head wind and were rewarded with a Stewart Hainey try less than 5 minutes into the action. Steven Dean’s conversion made it 7 nil to the Glens.

For the next half hour though the match belonged to Bannockburn who used their substantially bigger pack to pummel the Glens’ line. But all that pressure was to no avail as time and again the ball was knocked on by the home forwards more often than not while in the act of scoring.

Without a ready supply of the ball, Glens’ better back line were starved of opportunities to take on their hosts’ defence, but they weathered the storm and started to get more into the game moving play up into the Bannockburn half.

The young Glens’ scrum half Callum May was on hand to squirm his way over the home line to finish off some excellent recycling at the breakdown by his pack with just 5 minutes of the half remaining. This was May’s debut senior try. Dean missed the conversion but Glens were ahead 12 nil.

The Glens’ pack then took play from centre of the pitch up towards their right flank with a series of tidy rucks which sucked in a tiring home defence.

With the home back line pulled in towards the action stand-off Hainey spotted left winger Tommy Walker in space wide and left and called for quick ball from May. Hainey’s long pass missed out the midfield and was safely gathered by Walker who sprinted past his opposite number completing his 30 metre race for the line with an easy touch down. Dean missed the kick after but Glens went into the break 17 nil ahead.

Glens reasserted their command of the game 10 minutes in to the half with another try this time from number 8 Daryl Warrender on the right wing following a period of Glens’ pressure down the opposite flank after which the play was switched wide quickly where Glens had the extra numbers.

Dean converted from distance making the score 24 nil to Glens, who would go on to score a further three tries through their backs in the time remaining.

The first came from centre Stevie Dean 24 minutes into the half, though he failed to convert - Glens 24 Bannockburn nil.

The next was another debut senior try this time from right winger Kyle McIntosh who benefitted from good scrum play in the middle of the park which allowed May to feed Hainey who for the second time in the match made early use of the winger to complete the job.

McIntosh showed blistering pace over 40 metres to complete the job. Dean missed the conversion attempt but Glens were now 29 nil ahead.

The match was brought to an end 35 minutes into the half with a final try this time from outside centre Rhys Bryce who sliced through the fractured home defence down the left flank before touching down under the posts.

That gave the opportunity for club coach Tom Hainey in his first outing of the season to kick the final points of the game making it Bannockburn nil Glens 41.

Next up for the Glens is the visit of Stobswell to Carleton on Caledonia League Division 4 Midlands duty.

Despite there being no First XV game that day Glens will not be able to select anyone who started in the last First XV league match at Highland last week but nevertheless will aim to field a strong team against Stobbie who thumped Alloa 2nd XV 41-7 on Saturday.

Team: Mark McGregor, Tom Hainey, Gavin Denholm, Andrew Dick, Rab Doig, Billy Napier, Aaron Campbell, Daryl Warrender, Callum May, Stewart Hainey, Tommy Walker, Stevie Dean, Rhys Bryce, Kyle McIntosh, Alex Tarvit.