Sore one for the Rams
cowal ...................................... 77 moffat Rams ........................... 15
Moffat Rams took the short ferry ride to Dunoon at the weekend to take on Cowal in the hosts’first home game of the season.
The team arrived early and match preparation got underway in glorious sunshine, however, the underfoot conditions were rather heavy going.
Max Douglas kicked off proceedings with a fine kick into the Cowal 22 and they soon returned with promise through their forwards gaining good ground. Early exchanges saw both teams try to get the upper hand.
A scrum in the Cowal half with possession gained saw coach Cammy Little attack the line. He threaded a nice ball through for Stefan Jackson to try and latch onto and only some last ditch defence prevented him from scoring.
Cowal showed their hand and good use of a solid pack gave their backs some ball to run and after several good phases got on the score sheet with a unconverted try, 5-0.
Another excellent restart from Douglas found a Cowal forward who had obviously been watching Strictly Come Dancing as he waltzed through a mass of players to run in his converted score to the corner, 12-0.
A quick step Cowal stretched their lead with a further two scores from poor defence and ability to front up.
The Rams battled to get back into the game with Drennan making good ground and backs linking well to get the forwards going in the right direction but again errors allowed the Cowal team to add to the misery and they soon added two more unconverted tries 34-0.
Suddenly and finally through the wind and rain the Rams finally got on the board through Jackson . A solid scrum and several phases back inside saw the opportunity for the backs to change direction with quick hands from Cammy Little to Leon Kirk who placed a kick for Jackson to the corner, beating his winger to hack on and touch down unconverted to make it 34-5 at half-time.
The second half began with a blizzard spell of hail, rain then sunshine, all of which is normal in Scotland these days.
However, Cowal handled it best and extended their lead with three more tries, two of which were converted, 53-5.
The Rams found the hunger and managed to get something from the game with quick ball to captain Johnny Little who bashed his way forward only for Cowal to give away a penalty for hands in the ruck. Cammy Little kicked to the corner, the forwards recycled and Douglas put Gary Smith through the gap only to be hauled down short of the line. A quick blitz at the ruck and Drennan kept up the momentum with a pick and go and crashed over unconverted, 53-10.
Persistent fouling for Cowal went un-noticed at rucks which saw Douglas on the naughty step for boots on bodies as he received a yellow. Momentum swung towards the Rams and,despite only having 14 players, they were soon back on the scoresheet. A back row move from Drennan at a scrum five meters out allowed Smith to nip over the line untouched. 53-15 .
The swing didn’t last long with some decisions going against the Rams and despite injuries for Cowal, they added a further handful of tries to take the final score to 77-15.
Team: R Herdsman, S Galloway, J Little, L Durston, S Cochrane, M W Jones, N Duncanson, R Drennan, C Currie, G Cameron, M Douglas, C Little, L Kirk, L Fisher, C Scott, G Smith.
The next match will be at home on Saturday against Lanark with a 12.30pm kick-off followed by the Scotland v Samoa game which will be screened at the Buccleuch Arms clubhouse at 2.30pm.
The juniors will also be at home this weekend with a fixture against Stewartry on Sunday afternoon.