Dumfries Saints 32 Dunfermline 8
On a perfect afternoon for rugby Saints took revenge for the beating they got at Dunfermline back in October. The first score came after 10 minutes Saints took a scrum against the head, scrum half Matt Hayman went on the blindside drew the cover and offloaded to Jamie Graham to take the try out wide. John Carlisle converted to go 7 nil up.
The next score followed a terrific piece of play from a lineout just inside the Dunfermline half the ball went to the other touchline and back again with great carries from Ross Henderson, Michael Yates, Craig Goldie, Ben Johnston and Lee Scott, great distribution from Matt Hayman and a powerful finish by Jordan Kerr. John Carlisle converted to go 14 nil up.
The rest of the half was fairly even the Dunfermline scrum half was having difficulty judging when the ball was free at the Saints side of the rucks and was giving away penalties. John Carlisle made an easy 3 points out of one that was within kicking distance. Saints gave away one for tackler not rolling away in front of their own posts and then Dunfermline did the same at their end for John Carlisle to take the half time score to 20 : 3.
Dunfermline started the second half with a bit more vigour and put Saints under pressure with probing runs. Saints were giving away a lot of penalties with their scrambling defence and the referee lost patience and sent stand off Jordan Kerr to the bin for entering a ruck from the side.
From a scrum on the Saints 10mt John Carlisle carried the ball up and popped it to Michael Yates who broke 2 tackles before off loading to Andrew Whiteford for a well taken try. Johen Carlisle converted to take the score to 27 : 3.
It was another line break by Michael Yates that put Ben Johnstone over for the bonus point try. The conversion was missed this time. Dunfermline never gave up and their persistence paid off with a converted try in the last few minutes.
Next weekend the 4 top teams play each other with Saints away to West of Scotland and Lasswade at home to Preston Lodge. Assistant Coach Kenny Brown says “This win gives us a good momentum for the upcoming fixtures. The spirit in the squad is good and the players are looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Squad; Ben Johnstone, Andrew Whiteford, John Carlisle, Michael Yates, Ben Radley, Matt Hayman, Craig Goldie, Euan Mack, Adam Prentice, Lee Scott, Ally Mather, Ross Henderson, Ryan Cruikshank, Jamie Graham, Scott Goodwin, Scott Kerr, and Michael Scott