Royal High Corstorphine 16
This was another tough clash with a team close to West in the league to put West third in the league.
The hosts started well after the visitors clearance missed touch. Mark Sim ran it back across the RHC defence, slipping it to Blair Smith who scored in the corner. The conversion was missed.
RHC were not handling the ball well and looked vulnerable under high balls but were playing what was in front of them. A tap penalty ended up in range after West tackled before the ball had gone 10m forward and RHC’s Morrison scored to make it 5-3.
West then won a penalty for a scrum offence in a kickable position and Blair Smith’s kick looked good until the final moments when the wind pushed it wide.
RHC then won another kickable penalty and Morrison again converted to put them into the lead 5-6. The lead did not last long though, when West won a penalty in front of the posts after several good phases. Blair Smith converted to make it 8-6. RHC scored from another penalty after a driving maul to make it 8-9 and then increased their lead when West missed 3 tackles and RHC’s Hookes scored. This was converted, however West were in an attacking mood and after a smart tap penalty Jamie McAulay surged down the wing and Leask Carnegie was on hand to take the final pass and score in the corner. The converted was missed to go into the turnaround 13-16.
West had the wind at their backs in the second half and this combined with a much more structured play helped.
Alexander Fiskin and Richie Tran were effectively swapping scrum half roles at will to the confusion of RHC. The wind was so strong that what on a normal day would have been searching grubber kicks forward went over the dead ball line on several occasions. West missed another penalty before Ross McAulay spotted a gap and went through the RHC to score under the posts. Blair Smith was not going to miss this time bringing West back into the lead 20-16.
Alex Fiskin made a classic scrum half sneak to score West’s fifth. Smith converted for West seal victory.
West: Stuart MacDonald, Ian Henderson, Andy Love, Mark Jenkinson, James Harley, Fraser Smeaton, Jamie McAulay (c), Andy Ritchie, Alexander Fisken, Ross McAulay, Ross Carnegie, Richard Tran, Blair Smith, Mark Sim, Leask Carnegie. Replacements: Tom Grey, Darren Allan, Luke McLaren, Stuart Malone.