Em­phatic win

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Ste­wartry fight back

Ste­wartry head into the au­tumn in­ter­na­tional break with a sec­ond league win in a row af­ter beat­ing Greenock Wan­der­ers at Green­law on Satur­day.

Both Greenock and the ref­eree were late, lead­ing to a half hour de­lay. How­ever, af­ter 20 min­utes of the game it looked as if Ste­wartry had over-warmed up wait­ing for their op­po­nents to ar­rive as the Cly­desiders were first out of the traps, Scott Mil­li­gan hav­ing to make a try-sav­ing tackle in the 22.

Boyd and McCul­loch made 50 me­tres into Greenock half, win­ning a penalty which was missed. Five min­utes later the Greenock cen­tre num­ber 13 ran the length of the pitch to score in the cor­ner. The con­ver­sion was missed.

Greenock con­tin­ued to press the Ste­wartry line be­fore McCul­loch won the first lineout of the game with Mosey kick­ing a penalty to touch but Greenock kept the pres­sure on.

A Ste­wartry at­tack on 15 min­utes saw Broll, Picken, Hogg, David­son, McMor­ran and McCart­ney all in­volved with the lat­ter win­ning a penalty which Craig Mosey con­verted.

Greenock con­tin­ued to at­tack the Ste­wartry line and were re­warded with a sec­ond try out on the right. The con­ver­sion was again missed.

Twenty min­utes into the game, a se­ries of missed tack­les in the Ste­wartry half saw a Greenock two-man over­lap score a third try out on the right.

Again the con­ver­sion was missed as Greenock led 15-3.

Tommy Can­non came on for Broll to freshen the scrum up and on 25 min­utes, and af­ter Ste­wartry pres­sure, John Muir crashed through for an open­ing try. Craig Mosey added the con­ver­sion.

Mil­li­gan made a break with Hogg, Tay­lor, David­son and McCar­ney in sup­port and Tay­lor win­ning a penalty award.

From the penalty McCar­ney was held up over the line af­ter snatch­ing the high, loop­ing pass. From pos­ses­sion won at the scrum, John Fing­land was able to jink in for a try near the posts. Mosey added the points as Ste­wartry went into the lead for the first time, 17-15.

This was quickly fol­lowed by a John Picken steal of the Greenock scrum half at their scrum to re­lease T J McCar­ney who raced in from half way for the third try for a 22-15 half-time lead.

Thom­son and Hen­der­son came on early in the sec­ond half with Broll re­turn­ing to the fray.

Mosey’s high kicks were wind as­sisted into the Greenock half chased by Mil­li­gan, Boyd, Hen­der­son and Thom­son, win­ing a penalty on the Greenock 22.

A scrum against the head was won, Broll and Thom­son send­ing Hogg in for the fourth and bonus point try. Mosey con­verted the easy kick.

Daw­son came on for the last 20 min­utes, Ste­wartry win­ning an­other scrum against the head and some good Ste­wartry de­fence. Ste­wartry made ground up the pitch, Mosey tak­ing a quick penalty from a scrum, Picken win­ning pos­ses­sion and Hogg scor­ing his sec­ond try. Mosey con­verted at the posts for 36-15.

A Fing­land clear­ance kick took play back to the Greenock half where Broll and Kerr set up John Muir to go charg­ing down the cen­tre un­chal­lenged to score his sec­ond try be­tween the posts. Mosey added his fifth con­ver­sion.

P WLD F A Al­lan Glens 8 8 0 0 391 126 Kil­marnock 8 7 1 0 376 151 East Kil­bride 9 5 3 1 228 171 Garnock 7 6 1 0 149 100 Ste­wartry 10 4 6 0 254 253 Car­rick 5 4 1 0 181 54 Greenock Ws 9 3 5 1 161 247 An­nan 5 2 3 0 100 136 Cam­bus­lang 8 2 6 0 144 252 Irvine* 8 1 7 0 116 265 Oban Lorne* 8 2 6 0 123 299 He­lens­burgh 7 160 92 261 * A points de­duc­tion has been ap­plied

In the last minute, Hogg stole a Greenock lineout ball, charg­ing over for his hat-trick of tries. Mosey just failed to bring up the 50 points.

Ste­wartry, who were led out by the mas­cot Cameron Ben­son, found their way af­ter 20 min­utes, turn­ing the game into a rout in front of the Blacks’ big­gest crowd of the sea­son.

It also means they re­tain an un­beaten home record against B Pts 7 39 7 35 6 28 4 28 5 21 4 20 2 16 4 12 4 12 4 8 3 8 1 5 Greenock which stretches back six games to 1992 when Ste­wartry won Na­tional Divi­sion Five un­der cap­tain Robert McTurk.

Ste­wartry squad, all used: J Fing­land (c), L David­son, T J McCar­ney, J Muir, S Mil­li­gan, C Mosey, J Picken, S Broll, D Boyd, I McMor­ran, A Kerr, D Maxwell, M Tay­lor, S Hogg, S McCul­loch, T Can­non, D Thom­son, L Hen­der­son, J Daw­son.

BT Na­tion­alTwo:West of Scot­land 29 Dum­fries Saints 24, Kirk­caldy 40 Big­gar 13, Lass­wade 22 Hamil­ton 14.

BT Na­tion­alThree: St Boswells 27 New­ton Ste­wart 14, Glas­gow Ac­cies 47 Gor­do­nians 5.

BTWest One: Ste­wartry 48 Greenock 15, Al­lan Glens 21 Garnock 10, East Kil­bride 46 Cam­bus­lang 0, Irvine 10 Kil­marnock 14. An­nan v He­lens­burgh off, Oban Lorne v Car­rick off.

BTWestThree:Wig­town­shire 47 Isle of Mull 7, Cowal 77 Mof­fat 15.

BT EastTwo: Penicuik 12 Barn­ton 67, Ed­in­burgh North­ern 7 Ross High 42, Langholm v Lib­er­ton off.

BT Na­tional League One: BroughtonWomen 36 An­nanWomen 19.

West Un­der-18 League: New­ton Ste­wart/ Wig­town­shire 17 Ste­wartry 33. West Un­der-16 League: Oban Lorne 0 Ste­wartry 51. West Un­der-14: Irvine 24 Ste­wartry 21.

Pic­tured Ac­tion from Ste­wartry’s game against Greenock Wan­der­ers

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