Waid’s tough test

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Waid FPs were in friendly rugby action at the weekend, after Athol Highlanders pulled out of the Bowl Competition.

Waid started off strongly and within minutes they had St Andrews University on the back foot.

From a midfield scrum, Kieran Doak, playing at stand-off, showed some fantastic pace to slice through the home defence and leave them trailing in his wake. A beautiful side-step took the full-back out and he scored a wonderful try.

Doak converted his own score to open up a seven-point lead.

The University hit back and earned a try from a pick and drive.

St Andrews scored a penalty to open up a 10-7 lead after a Waid infringement, while a further try for the students made it 15-7.

Graham Gourlay then took Waid into the 22, which led to a Barry Gourlay try.

The University created an extra man in the backs and scored when they spun the ball through their backs.

Full-back John Murray played a high up-and-under which was well chased. This led to turnover ball and Kieran Doak added his second try for Waid.

The conversion was missed but the East Neuk XV were trailing just 22-17.

The FPs lost another try after some poor defensive play let St Andrews in to restore their 10-point lead.

Waid mounted wave after wave of attacks and, finally, their pressure paid off when Barry Gourlay pounced to grab his second try.

As Waid chased for a converted try to snatch victory, they were turned over at the breakdown and the University broke down the blindside.

Some desperate Waid defence looked to have averted danger. However, an apparent double movement by the University forward was not penalised and the try was given. The conversion was missed and the referee called a halt to proceedings with the final score 32-22.

Waid play league newcomers Bridgehaugh this Saturday in a home league game, kick-off 3pm.