Stirling Observer

Blistering attack seals ‘Burn victory Six players make their competitiv­e debut


PERTHSHIRE 2ND XV ................. 12 BANNOCKBUR­N ......................... 43

Bannockbur­n began the new season where the last one ended 546 days ago with a fine victory over Perthshire 2nd XV.

The ‘Burn men racked up seven tries, with centre Lewis Marasco and winger David Grainey each grabbing a brace. Flyhalf Ryan Jones, Ben Ward and Iain Duncan completed the scoring.

Work on the training ground was clearly paying dividends for Bannockbur­n, with the team combining stoic defence and blistering attack.

David Grainey drew first blood for Bannockbur­n, capitalisi­ng on some slack defending to score in the corner on the ten-minute mark.

Flying Welshman Marasco made a nuisance of himself all game, and left the opposition chasing shadows to run in through the posts after a dropped ball.

The man from Caerleon soon turned provider, setting up

Iain Duncan after some solid defending. Grainey soon added his second try with a frightenin­g turn of pace down the wing, taking Bannockbur­n into a 26-0 lead.

To their credit, Perthshire did not give up and struck back with a well-taken try of their own before half-time.

Marasco, Jones and Ward added three Bannockbur­n tries in the first 20 minutes of the second-half, before Perthshire bundled over a consolatio­n score two minutes from the whistle.

No less than six players made their competitiv­e debuts with Lewis Marasco, Tommy Coyle, Colin Fish, Ben Ward and Claudio Swinton all making their Bannockbur­n bow.

And there was a wholesome moment for Bannockbur­n’s coaches as juniors graduate David Ramsay showed experience beyond his years with a solid debut performanc­e.

Director of rugby Jimmy Samuel said: “There was a really good turnout from the guys, and having a full squad is super encouragin­g.

“On the day we played really well, we started strong and ripped them apart with our back line.

“We took our foot off the gas a little in the second half, but overall I’m pleased with the win and the players who came into the team.”

Bannockbur­n’s next game is at home to Crieff and Strathearn RFC on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.

 ??  ?? Defence Iain McEwan attempts a stop a Perthshire attack
Defence Iain McEwan attempts a stop a Perthshire attack
 ??  ?? Rising Kenny Marshall wins a lineout
Rising Kenny Marshall wins a lineout
 ??  ?? Attack Centre Lewis Marasco makes a run
Attack Centre Lewis Marasco makes a run

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