Sore one for the Rams

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - READER TRAVEL -

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.

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