Reds go top after mauling of Kinross

Ryan Douglas
Ryan Douglas



ON a sunny Saturday afternoon, with a strong breeze blowing down the slope, Glenrothes scored their fifth win from five starts in the league, notching fifteen tries in the process and heading the league by five points.

Kinross had encountered some problems fielding a team for the fixture but, to their credit, they stuck to the task and scored a second half try.

The first try was scored by Rhys Bryce. Following a line out on the right, the ball was moved quickly by the backs to the opposite wing and the youngster touched down in the corner.

This should have opened the flood gates but some careless passing and a number of penalties delayed the inevitable. It was Bryce who was again the beneficiary of a good passing move and a break by the returning Daryl Warrender to score another try in the left corner.

This try seemed to settle the home side who following a try five metres from the Kinross goal line moved the ball again from right to left with fullback Shaun Gray joining the line and placing the ball behind the posts.

The forwards then got on the score sheet with Stuart Munro crashing over from a maul following a line out. This gave a score of 22-0 and guaranteed the bonus point well before half-time.

The team were not satisfied with this and right winger Willie Maxwell scored two tries in quick succession, the first requiring him to beat two would-be tacklers as he skipped up the touchline and the second seeing him finish off a passing move after the forwards had taken the ball up half the length of the pitch with a series of pick and drives.

The final score before half-time fell to Kenny Christie who broke free following another strong drive by the home pack. This gave a half time score of 39-0.

The second-half saw more of the same with Steven Varney scoring two tries in the right hand corner finishing off good passing moves.

Sandwiched between these tries were scores for replacement winger Ryan Venters, again in the right corner, a try for stand-in captain Ryan Douglas and a consolation try for Kinross.

Player coach Neil McAlonie became the fourth player to score a brace of tries, the first as a result of his backing up a superb break by man of the match Douglas and the second from a quickly taken penalty given for handling in the ruck by Kinross captain, and former Reds player, Johnny Davies.

Shaun Gray then scored his second try when McAlonie, to the consternation of the crown, ran across the field before passing to young Sam Duncan who drew his man before giving the scoring pass.

Daryl Warrender scored the final try of the game after a break by the dancing feet of Ryan Venters and a solid forward drive. Shaun Gray’s conversion was his seventh success with the boot of the day.

Coach Tom Hainey was delighted with this performance and with the league season so far.

He did however urge caution as there are still big matches to play, not least against Grangemouth next Saturday at Carleton Park.

Glenrothes: S. Gray, W. Maxwell, A. Campbell, S. Varney, R. Bryce, S. Hainey, N. McAlonie, S. Munro, G. Linton, G. Cook, S. Bell, S. Dick, K. Christie, D. Warrender, R. Douglas. Replacements R, Venters, G, Tipling, S, Duncan, R, Thomson.