Hard graft for Rams at muddy Holm Park
Moffat Rams ...... 10 Shawlands .......... 26
Moffat Rams and Shawlands RFC met for the first time this season at Holm Park on Saturday.
A slight flurry of snow covered the pitch during the night. However, it disappeared as quickly as it landed but added to the already extremely heavy conditions.
The Rams were missing a few regulars but nonetheless still pulled together a squad for the 11.45am kick-off.
They kicked off down field and allowed Shawlands to set up attack. Both teams were finding the conditions hard going as they created some good opportunities. Some poor tackling allowed Shawlands to get their tails up and cause problems early on.
Eventually the Rams worked some good ball out their own half and forced Shawlands to play from deep. Scrum to the Rams for a Shawlands knock on proved the platform needed to get the first score.
Swift service from Max Douglas at the back of the scrum found Cammy Little who pulled the necessary strings to pass out wide to David Kerr who simply added the step and hit the correct line for some simple hands out to winger Stefan Jackson to score in the corner. Conversion was missed by Douglas, 5-0.
Shawlands’ heavy pack soon had them going forward with relentless ball carrying, causing some problems for the Rams. The visitors were soon reduced to 14 players after their fullback was shown a yellow for showing too much opinion towards the referee.
But a converted score was soon to be had after some well worked plays and offloads saw Shawlands scoring between the posts, 5-7.
Holm Park became a mud bath and again it was Shawlands’ catch and drive at the lineout which proved difficult for the Rams to handle and they soon added another two scores and one conversion to their tally, taking the half time score to 5-19.
Playing up the hill in the second half, the Rams got off to a good start. Carries from Scott Galloway, Scott Cochrane and Craig Currie gave that momentum and the Rams were soon rewarded with a penalty. Game captain Cochrane elected to run it and after several phases Chris Collins muscled his way over for another unconverted try, 10-19.
The tackles improved as did the effort with countless times regaining possession but managing the game proved the hard task. Not capitalising on early set piece from lineouts, the Rams failed to convert any real pressure into points.
Cammy Little found David Kerr on an excellent run to cut the defence but the mud dragged his speed down to a snail’s pace and, despite his efforts to kick across to oncoming Jackson, the chance was lost, literally stuck in the mud.
However Shawlands had the last chance and, with Collins seeing yellow for his late tackle on the stand-off, they claimed their fourth try of the afternoon with a well worked bit of play, brute force and execution. It was converted and the match finished at 10-26
The team will be away to Shawlands this week with a 3pm kick-off.
Squad: S Galloway, S Bogle, N Duncanson, G Cameron, M W Jones, S Cochrane, R Herdsman, C Collins, A Chadwick, C Currie, M Douglas, C Little, G Smith, D Thompson, S Milligan, D Kerr, S Jackson, J Burgess.
The next home match is against Police Scotland on March 3 at 3pm.
Tackle Rams captain Scott Cochrane in action against Shawlands