Lomond running power is decisive McGinty double helps them to last four of bowl
With the winter weather holding off for a few days, it was game on for Loch Lomond.
In a break from league action, they hosted Hyndland in the quarter-final of the bowl competition.
The game started according to the discussed game plan with Lomond taking control and punching holes through strong running from their forwards.
This tactic paid dividends and two quick tries came. First saw a series of drives and off-loads resulting in McGinty adding to his tally for the season.
Next up was his back-row partner Nicholson who slicked back his hair and used his bulk to bounce defenders away as he ran in for the score.
Indeed, the combination of Nicholson and McGinty had the opposition worried and on each carry they made yards.
However, poor decision making from the pair while
Loch Lomond ...... 26 Hyndland ............ 17
exchanging passes over the try line resulted in a missed opportunity.
At scrum-half, Black was pulling the strings and was integral in the build-up for the third try. He directed drives from Todd and Donowski before giving Norrie the ball to jink under the posts.
After 30 minutes, Lomond looked to be in control but they took their fingers off the pulse of the game and allowed Hyndland the opportunity to get back into it.
Using their large pack, Hyndland took the ball on phase after phase and then found space for their speedy winger to dart through.
From kick-off, Hyndland managed to utilise possession and score again on the stroke of half-time.
The conversation at halftime focussed on taking control again and what was needed from everyone in order to win the game. The players listened and quickly took possession of the ball.
In the backs, McInnes put some nice kicks into corners for McAdam and Bonner to chase, with Wilson, Gilmour and Barlow making yards through the middle. From some good play, Lomond won an opposition line-out and from the resulting ruck Newport was able to pick the ball up and casually stroll over the line from 15 metres out.
McGinty then got his second of the day, crashing over the line with support from McCready.
By this time, the game had fizzled out and the highlight of the last 15 minutes was a penalty-try being awarded to the opposition, with the conversion being missed.
Lots of big performances in a hard, scrappy game, noticeably from Black, McGinty and Nicholson.
Loch Lomond now face Glasgow University Medics in the semi-final of the Regional Bowl on Saturday.