Glenrothes Rugby 12, Gordonians 36
Glenrothes went into Saturday’s match looking to end a four match losing streak with their opponents eying the top spot in the league which, at one point, had seemed a possible target for the Carleton Park team.
The first half hour of the game was an evenly contested affair with both sides spurning chances to open the scoring but it was the visitors who struck first.
Gordonians’ full back Danny Osugo dotted the ball down between the posts and left hand corner flag. The conversion attempt came back off the left hand upright.
The reds struck back immediately when the restart kick was knocked into touch near the visitors’ 22m line. From the line out Glenrothes moved the ball from right to left and winger Steven Varney scored in the corner to tie the scores. Steven Dean’s conversion gave the home team a two point advantage.
Glenrothes were on the attack when they conceded the next points. An untidy ruck on half way meant that Michael Delorey was under pressure when he got the ball.
His pass to Stewart Hainey was intercepted by Chris Simpson who scampered 50m and touched down to the right of the posts.
Graeme Crawford added another two points with a successful conversion.
Gordonians were growing in confidence and as half time took a tap from a penalty and Craig Munro had the easiest of tasks to run in a try untouched by any home player. Crawford’s conversion gave a half time score of 7-19.
Early in the second half Osugo claimed his second try of the day in the right corner, before Glens’ Stewart Hainey touched down over the goal line. Dean’s conversion went astray.
The reds went straight back down the pitch but lost possession of the ball in the shadow of the visitors’ posts.
The ball was quickly shifted to the right wing where Osugo took play up to half way before dancing across the pitch and supplying Cameron Bell with the ball and a clear run to the goal line. Crawford had another unsuccessful conversion attempt.
Another interception allowed the visitors to break out and move upfield. Glenrothes’ tackles slowed down the attack but when the ball got to the left wing, full back Osugo was on hand to complete his hat trick. Crawford’s conversion completed the scoring at 12-36.
Coach Tom Hainey said: “I can’t complain. Gordonians are the best team we have faced this season.”
glenrothes: W Maxwell, R Bryce, C Goodall, S Dean, S Varney, S Hainey, M Delorey, S Morrison, S Dick, S McAlpine, R Douglas, R Hutchison, A Campbell, K Christie, D Warrender Replacements R Venters, K Harrow, K McIntosh, A Dick