After a narrow defeat away to Clyebank last week, Endrick made amends with a confidnet 80-0 victory against Strathaven at Ruth Menzies Field.
With the wind on their backs Endrick wasted no time in taking the game to the visitors’
22. Their forward pressure paid off after only three minutes when a tap penalty by Stuart
Forsyth let Stuart Campbell rumble towards the line for Duncan McEwan to finish the job
with his first try of the season. Drew McDonald slammed in the conversion for the first
of 10 out of 12 successful kicks.
Ten minutes later Endrick’s dominant pack paved the way for Stuart Forsyth to add the next
try. The scrum half looked to be on his way for another try when he tried to reach the
line after a couple of quick penalties. Each time he was illegally thwarted close to the
line and the referee caused some resentment in the visiting ranks when he deemed that the
offences merited the award of a penalty try. That put Endrick up with the clock with 21
points in 20 minutes.
On the half hour Kerr McMillan charged over for the try which secured the bonus point and
with the final move of the first half - again from a quick penalty - Conor Gibson shunted
aside the opposition for the fifth try to give Endrick a very comfortable 35-0 lead.
With that cushion Endrick could afford to shuffle the team but that made no difference to
their commitment and within a minute of the restart Kerr McMillan added another try. This
time however the wind took charge of the kick from the touchline and Drew McDonald had
his first miss of the match.
Two minutes later he was back on song when he added the extra points after Stuart
Forsyth scored. In 54 minutes Douglas Beaumont threw in a gem when he elegantly swerved
round several tackles to open his try account. Drew McDonald helped to celebrate by
nudging the score along to 54-0.
Sam Greenock marked his first outing of the season by dancing round a sorely perplexed
defence for Endrick’s ninth try. For a bit of variety Duncan McEwan tore up his front
five union card and galloped from his own half, outpacing Strathaven’s backs to take the
try count into double figures. Doug Beaumont scored his second try and for only the
second time in the match Drew McDonald was off target. He did have the satisfaction of
ending the match with a scoring kick after Kerr McMillan had harried the defence into
yielding try No 12. This was a bit of a milestone for the veteran forward whose hat-trick
of tries was his first ever in a league match.
This Saturday Endrick are at home to Stewartry in a league match. Kick-off is at 2pm.
Endrick: McDonald, Beaumont, Bruce, Mundell, Phillips, Campbell, Forsyth, Campbell, McNeill, Gibson, Gourlie, McEwan, McKay, McMillan, Allan, replacements: Davies, Doyle, Greenock, McVean, Ross.