Lomond run­ning power is de­ci­sive McGinty dou­ble helps them to last four of bowl

Lennox Herald - - SPORT -

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.

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