BANGHOLM 7TH DECEMBER 2019
Team: 15.Iain May, 14.N Wood, 13. F Doonan, 12. M Cant, 11. J Tocher, 10. S Hainey, 9. Joel Copeland, 8. M Brydon, 7. G Berthet, 6. P McCaskey, 5. S McCullough (Capt.), 4. H Balcerak, 3. S Boendermaker, 2. R Tidy, 1.I Kirby Subs: 16. R Duncan, 17. C Keenan, 18. C Harkness 18. D Binnie, S MacPherson (All used)
Another miserable day for rugby with the wind and soft going making it even worse than our last match at Leith. Missing was the steely determination shown in our last game as we failed to really trouble Trinity apart from a 20 minute period in the 2nd half.
The first half saw Trinity control most of the possession and position but poor handling and a rear guard defence restricted them to 2 unconverted tries and a penalty. 13-0 was not a reflection of the play but was a lead that might be pulled back. Unfortunately it was Trinity who raised their game in the 2nd half scoring 2 converted tries to establish a 27-0 lead with about 55 minutes played. Finally we showed some of the play we are capable off as first Jamie Tocher carried well and then was involved again to crash over in the corner. An excellent conversion from wide out by Mark Cant gave us the extra 2. Then it was Ian Kirby who crossed from a series of forward drives with Mark’s conversion making it 27-14 with about 10 minutes to go. A losing bonus point suddenly looked a possibility but it was Trinity who scored as we were too loose in trying to break from our own half. The try was converted and the final score was 34-14 (not 34-12 as per the SRU site).
Too much individual play, lack of communication and leadership, getting on the wrong side of the ref and failing to adapt to his interpretations all contributed to another defeat.
Sadly it was Guilhem Berthets’ last match but he did enough to warrant being our man of the match in his final game before returning to France. Thanks to Chris Keenan for benching and good to see Iain May back from London.