Blair­gowrie RFC stars come close to scor­ing record

Game stopped early with 0-172 on score­board

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Pro­lific Blair­gowrie RFC racked up more than 100 points on Satur­day - and came close to a score­line record.

The team trav­elled to a foggy Cu­par to face a hugely de­pleted Howe of Fife 2nds side.

Blair had built up an as­ton­ish­ing172 points af­ter an hour, when of­fi­cials de­cided to call time on the match in recog­ni­tion of the fact Howe’s patched-up side in­cluded sev­eral young guns and a hand­ful of vet­eran play­ers.

The vis­i­tors had scored 21 tries, in­clud­ing two hat-tricks, four dou­bles and seven sin­gle ef­forts by the time the fi­nal whis­tle blew.

Blair­gowrie grabbed a mon­u­men­tal 0-172 win from their Divi­sion 2 Mid­lands match against Howe of Fife 2nds on Satur­day.

The score­line could have been close to a record if the teams didn’t agree to sound the fi­nal whis­tle early ow­ing to the hosts’ de­pleted re­sources.

The in­jury-hit 12-strong Howe of Fife squad were no match for the vis­it­ing op­po­nents.

How­ever, they were with­out a num­ber of their usual play­ers – some of whom had been called up to the club’s first XV for the week­end – and fielded a team made up of a mix­ture of youth play­ers and vet­er­ans.

Blair­gowrie scored 21 tries, in­clud­ing two hat-tricks, four dou­bles and seven sin­gle ef­forts.

The Blair team set­tled into the match quickly and Howe re­ally had no an­swer to a very well dis­ci­plined and ea­ger squad.

Tries came in thick and fast with great work from for­wards Mark Red­din, Alan Walsh and Neil MacRae all beat­ing de­fend­ers and cre­at­ing gaps that Howe had no an­swer to.

Mur­ray David­son found him­self with plenty of time at the back of rucks that were formed and put it good use by con­trol­ling many of the backs moves which re­sulted in tries for Mat­tey Michie, Ar­ran Todd, Tom He­lyer, John McLaren and Fin Or­mis­ton.

The game - to Howe’s credit - was played in great spir­its, the ref­eree had an easy day with very few penal­ties con­ceded by ei­ther side.

Blair con­trolled the game from start to fin­ish with John McLaren once again scor­ing seven tries to equal the record he set just a few weeks ago.

Ar­ran Todd and Mat­tey Michie both scored their first hat-trick of tries for the club.

Hooker Paul Dou­glas ran in his first try for Blair.

Neil MacRae, Fin Or­mis­ton and Davie Grieve all scored two tries

Alan Walsh, Peter Dun­can, Tom He­lyer, Andy McOuat, Mark Red­din, Euan Con­sta­ble and Fraser Black all had one each. The fi­nal score was 0-172. The largest-ever win­ning mar­gins in an in­ter­na­tional rugby fix­ture were when when Ar­gentina beat Paraguay 152 - 0 and Ja­pan de­feated Tai­wan 155 - 3, both in 2002.

The over­all record was set in 2015 Royal Ki­turo beat Soignies 356-3 in the Bel­gian league, while Scot­land’s big­gest win is 100-8 v Ja­pan in 2004.

Howe will visit JJ Coupar in Blair­gowrie on March 4, and they will be well up for mak­ing amends as they are a gen­er­ally a very good side that Blair have had great bat­tles with over the past few sea­sons.

Blair ar­rived at Howe with the cor­rect at­ti­tude and this bodes well for their next match which is at JJ Coupar against Pan­mure on Satur­day, Jan­uary 28.

Kick off is at 2pm and the team is keen to see as many sup­port­ers as pos­si­ble there to cheer the boys on. There will also be an op­por­tu­nity to sign up for the sup­port­ers bus for the cup fi­nal on Fe­bru­ary 11 at Forthill against the Dundee Medics.

Train­ing con­tin­ues on Tues­days and Thurs­days at 7pm. New and for­mer play­ers are al­ways wel­come.

Squad: Dave Mal­loch, Paul Dou­glas, Peter Dun­can, Mark Red­din, Alan Walsh, Re­gan Gor­don, Neil MacRae, Andy McOuat, Rus­sell Ed­wards, Mur­ray David­son, Fin Or­mis­ton, Mat­tey Michie, Ar­ran Todd, John McLaren, Tom He­lyer, Fraser Black, Euan Con­sta­ble, Davie Grieve, Kieran Hughes, Jor­dan Lynn, Kevin Brown.

Man of the match points: Ar­ran Todd (one point); John McLaren (two); Alan Walsh (three). Howe’s num­ber 10 re­ceived the top tack­ler award.

Num­bers up Blair win a line out in Cu­par

Cruis­ing Blair­gowrie in ac­tion against Howe of Fife 2nds

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