Strong performance from U18s
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.