West of Scotland

Saints in seven try finish

In their last league game of the season Dumfries ran in 7 tries to finish mid table in some style. The opening try was scored by eventual Man of the Match Daniel Henderson after a long kick from West was caught and ran back up the wing by full back Kenny Henderson passed to Sam Hiddleston and then to Daniel to score. The conversion was missed and within minutes West replies and they got their conversion to go ahead 5 to 7.
Next one was an individual effort from Sam Hiddleston after intercepting a West pass on the half way line, the conversion was missed. West were putting on the pressure and Saints gave away a penalty in front of the posts for West to level at 10 all.
Saints ball handling was showing the benefits of 3G training and they forced a scrim 10 metres out from the West touchline. A number 8 pick up from Paddy Coupar gave him the 3rd try, this one was converted by Kenny Henderson.
Then there was brace of tries from winger Andrew Wilson, the first after some good handling out wide left him with just one man to beat and the second a great individual effort staying on feet through heavy traffic shaking off numerous tackles to score under posts. The second was converted by Kenny Henderson to go into half time 29 10.
West came out strong in second half. They forced a penalty in front of the post for 3 points then set up camp inside the Saints 22. As Saints discipline slipped West passed up on other kicks at goal in favour of tap and go which eventually led to a try.
From the restart Mark McClatchey intercepted a pass ran the ball into the 22 drew the defence and fed Fraser Paul for a score in the corner, the conversion was missed.
West got one back in the corner, then a great run from Paddy Coupar before putting the ball through the hands of Andrew Ainslie, Kenny Henderson and finally Villi Satala to score. More pressure from West gained them a 5 metre scrum off which scrum-half Harry Russell scored.
One final try from Dumfries and it was one to remember as Michael Yates intercepted a pass just inside the West half, drew the defence and offloaded to Ali Mather who sprinted 40 metres to score under the posts, hotly pursued by the West cover. Kenny Henderson got the conversion to finish the game 46 to 28.
Team; S Graham, F Paul, A Prentice, B Hunt, A Mather, M McClatchey, D Henderson, P Coupar, A Ainslie, V Satala, G Gemmell, M Yates, S Hiddleston, A Wilson and K Henderson. Subs; J Jackson and G Robertson.