Blacks lose out at An­nan

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Danny Boyd chip ahead to their try line but TJ McCar­ney stormed back to the home 22 where a high tackle penalty saw th pres­sure main­tained with a kick to the cor­ner.

Then, with seven min­utes on the clock, Craig Mosey chipped an­other penalty to the posts where Robert Austin won the race to touch down for the open­ing try, Mosey con­vert­ing.

An­nan hit back and, after four min­utes of con­stant pres­sure on the Ste­warty line, broke through at the posts for the equal­is­ing try and con­ver­sion.

An­nan’s strength at the li­ne­out saw them make progress up the field and they came close a cou­ple of times with chips into the cor­ner but the ball went dead on both oc­ca­sions.

It was all An­nan be­fore Por­te­ous and Hogg stopped the charge and Muir cleared to half­way.

Ste­wartry re­gained the ini­tia­tive as Maxwell re­placed the in­jured Kerr and Hogg again made ground with a charg­ing run. Boyd, Por­te­ous and Austin took play into the An­nan 22 as the ref­eree blew for half time.

Ste­wartry brought Amos on for Broll and Tay­lor for Hen­der­son at the start of the sec­ond half. Within two min­utes An­nan took the lead with some quick pass­ing and a lovely in­side pass from McCann to full­back Wal­lace who raced in to score be­tween the posts. McCann added the points.

Ste­wartry again took a scrum against the head tak­ing the play to the An­nan 22.

The game flowed back and forth but both teams were de­fend­ing well.

On 56 min­utes An­nan at­tacked down the left wing, drag­ging the Ste­wartry de­fence with them, only to quickly pass the ball out right for a third score in the cor­ner. The con­ver­sion was missed.

Ste­wartry drove for­ward with Por­te­ous, Amos and Austin tak­ing play to within 15 me­tres of the An­nan line where pres­sure from the Ste­wartry pack saw a yel­low card awarded to an An­nan for­ward in 65 min­utes.

From the penalty scrum Ste­wartry drove over in the cor­ner, Hogg touch­ing down. Mosey con­verted to leave Ste­wartry five points adrift, 19-14.

But their glory was short lived and five min­utes later An­nan broke down the slope for a fourth bonus point try in the cor­ner. The con­ver­sion was missed.

Ste­wartry have Oban Lorne, who are one place be­low the Blacks, as vis­i­tors this week at Green­law which has now be­come a must-win game.

Ste­wartry squad – all played: J Muir, L David­son, T J McCar­ney, R Austin, S Mil­li­gan, C Mosey, J Picken, S Broll, D Boyd, I McMor­ran, A Kerr, L Hen­der­son, R Por­te­ous (c), S Mc­Cul­loch, S Hogg, K Amos, D Maxwell, M Tay­lor, D Thom­son.

Some­where un­der the rain­bow... Oban Lorne un­der-18s against Ste­wartry un­der-18s

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