Strong per­for­mance from U18s

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Ste­wartry’s first half points came from two penalty awards in front of the posts for He­lens­burgh not rolling away from rucks, giv­ing Craig Mosey two penalty con­ver­sions. The hosts led 14-6 at half-time.

Af­ter a se­ri­ous half-time chat Ste­wartry’s play im­proved around the break­down and the Blacks started to keep more pos­ses­sion.

The Ste­wartry backs be­gan caus­ing the He­lens­burgh de­fence all kinds of trou­ble with num­ber eight Steven Hogg lead­ing the way, mak­ing charg­ing breaks through the mid­dle and good yardage deep into the He­lens­burgh de­fence. First to score was cen­tre John Muir when he broke down the wing, closely fol­lowed by scrum half John Picken whose dummy at the back of a ruck al­lowed him to dive over for the sec­ond try.

There were first XV de­buts for Adam Gra­ham and Liam David­son in the sec­ond half with David­son open­ing his try ac­count af­ter some good han­dling play from Danny Boyd and a from the scrum. Archie Picken con­verted.

Kieren McGuire and Fin­lay Smith each scored an­other be­fore half time.

Ar­drossan came back in the sec­ond half with two very well ex­e­cuted tries but Ste­wartry stepped up the gas and Kieren McGuire charged over the line un­der the posts from close in to score his sec­ond.

Tommy McGrath came on in the sec­ond half and Ar­drossan could not han­dle his power, pace and an­gled run­ning and he quickly added an­other two tries.

The Ste­wartry pack put in a very strong per­for­mance and it was great to see Danny Perkins and Brady Rutherford back play­ing and mak­ing some fine breaks, re­sult­ing in a great try for Brady. Archie Picken fin­ished the game off with a try. chip ahead by John Fing­land for David­son to score in the cor­ner.

The fourth and bonus point try was a charge down from David­son to give John Muir his sec­ond score in the cor­ner. Craig Mosey con­verted two of the four tries but some more loose play in the sec­ond half gave He­lens­burgh a third con­verted try.

A good re­sult for the Ste­wartry but more work is needed on the train­ing pitch to tighten up their de­fen­sive frail­ties af­ter los­ing 66 points in two games with an­other two away games in the next two weeks be­fore a home game on Septem­ber 30 against cur­rent league lead­ers Allan Glens. Ste­wartry squad:

J Fing­land, S Milligan, J Muir, R Austin, M Tay­lor, C Mosey, J Picken, S Broll, D Thom­son, I McMor­ran, A Kerr, E O’Rourke, R Por­te­ous, S Hogg, T Can­non, L Henderson, L David­son, A Gra­ham.

There was some great tack­ling and man of the match went to the very pow­er­ful Gre­gor Ham­blin who put his body on the line time and time again.

A good solid win and a great dis­play by the for­wards but much to work on be­fore next Satur­day’s game against old ri­vals and top of the league Kil­marnock.

Ste­wartry tries: 2 – Fin­lay Smith, Kieran McGuire, Tommy McGrath; 1– Mur­ray Wright, Tom Allan, Brady Rutherford, Archie Picken. Con­ver­sions: 4 – Archie Picken. Team: An­drew Budde (Cap­tain), Gre­gor Ham­blin, Fin­lay Smith, Archie Picken, Mur­ray Wright, Alistair Wood, Danny Perkins, Gre­gor Todd, Kieren McGuire, Con­nor McGuire, Brady Rutherford, Alas­dair Han­nay, Tom Allan, Tommy McGrath, Frazer Potts, Fin­nan Brown.

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