Hard graft for Rams at muddy Holm Park

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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

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