On­slaught by An­nan trounces Cum­nock

Dy­namic play was sup­ported by ex­cel­lent de­fence

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - HARDROCK CHALLENGE -

the scor­ing pass for his fourth of the sea­son. Craig McCann again added the con­ver­sion.

The sup­port­ers did not have to wait long for full back Harry Houldey to cross the white­wash fol­low­ing a fine back line at­tack across the pitch. Craig McCann was again on tar­get. It was 28-0.

A few min­utes later Neal Coupland got his hat-trick. From a ruck in the cen­tre of the 22 he re­ceived the ball and drove his way over leav­ing sev­eral Cum­nock de­fend­ers in his wake. Five from five from Craig McCann and it was 35-0.

At the death, winger James Kirby made it 40-0. McCann made it six from six to see An­nan home 42-0.

All in all a very sat­is­fy­ing vic­tory from the An­nan squad, al­beit a far from per­fect per­for­mance with nu­mer­ous han­dling er­rors. But the pos­i­tive points were the much im­proved scrum­mag­ing and im­prov­ing li­ne­out dis­plays. An­nan are try­ing to play a fast, ex­pan­sive game and with that comes high risk but these risks were ame­lio­rated by some well or­gan­ised de­fen­sive work.

An­nan’s man of the match was un­sur­pris­ingly lock Neal Coupland not only for his hat-trick but also his dy­namic ball car­ry­ing dis­play. The Cum­nock Man of the Match was awarded to their live wire scrum half who was a thorn in the side of the hosts through­out the 80 min­utes.

An­nan squad: R Glass, K War­rick, R Hether­ing­ton, N Coupland, D Nor­don, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, H Houl­day, C McCann (C), J Kirby, J Cal­laghan, A Hal­l­i­day, A Tor­bett, J Whiteside. Re­place­ments: D Rob­son, J Bigham, S Ni­chol­son (all used).

An­nan 2nd XV League game against Cum­nock 2nds in West 2 of the Ten­nants Re­gional Re­serve league was post­poned due to the un­for­tu­nate death of one of their play­ers dur­ing the week.

The An­nan club passes on its con­do­lences to his fam­ily and all his friends and fel­low club­mates. A minute’s si­lence was ob­served prior to the 1st XV match as a mark of re­spect.

Other scores: An­nan U16/17s 36 Alloa U16/17s 17.

Go­ing for it Craig McCann in ac­tion

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