Stewartry outplayed in opening league game
lineout inside the home 22. Stewartry took the ball and drove forward allowing McMorran to drive over with Mosey adding the extras.
After the restart, Strathendrick put pressure on the Stewartry pack in the halfway scrum allowing them to attack left and then right to get over the Blacks line for another try and conversion.
Two minutes before the break, Picken was replaced by Cunningham. Strathendrick took the ball in a scrum, charging up the middle to add another try under the posts. The conversion ended the first period.
With Kerr and Picken back on and Jamieson in place of Broll and McMorran the home side kicked off the second half. The Blacks were taking some big hits but they managed to make ground up to the home 22 before being stopped.
After the scrum the Blacks went offside, giving the home team a lineout on the Stewartry 22. Strathendrick attacked up the left side but the Blacks defence put them in touch five metres out.
The home forwards took the ball in the lineout and drove toward the Stewartry line but they were stopped a foot short, giving away a penalty allowing the Blacks to clear the ball away.
Fifteen minutes into the second period Broll went back on in place of Underwood. From a scrum Mosey cleared the ball away but the home side took a quick throw in to attack up the right side where again they were stopped short of the Stewartry line. From the five metre scrum the home pack took the ball to get a try under the posts adding the extras.
Going into the last quarter Stewartry were penalised for playing the ball on the ground on the 10 metre line, giving the home team another attacking opportunity up the right side. They touched down out wide but missed the conversion.
Underwood returned in place of Kerr. Another Strathendrick charge up the right side saw them give away a penalty allowing Mosey to clear the ball. The home forwards got a turnover to go right again and run in another score and adding the extras.
Ten minutes from time McMorran and Cunningham replaced Picken and McGuire. The Blacks got a penalty in home territory getting up to the 22 but they were penalised for not releasing.
Strathendrick took a quick tap and then were penalised on their own 10 metre line allowing the Blacks to get back to the home 22 but they knocked on.
From the scrum the home pack secured the ball to break up the middle and get a try. Adding the conversion took the final score to Strathendrick 59 Stewartry 7.
Stewartry were outplayed by a strong well drilled home team whose forwards dominated in a lot of the set piece play allowing them to run straight at the Blacks making it hard to defend. Stewartry squad:
J Fingland (capt), S Milligan, T J McCarney, D Kerr, A Coupland, C Mosey, S Broll, K McGuire, I McMorran, D Maxwell, R Underwood, A Budde, L Davidson A Kerr, J Picken, J Jamieson, R Cunningham, M McCulloch.
Above Brothers Zack and Callum Rawlings Right Susan Hind and John Low