West back in action with bonus try win

West of Scotland were convincing winners over Irvine
West of Scotland were convincing winners over Irvine

West of Scotland were 45-17 winners over Irvine in their BT National Division 3 clash at Burnbrae on Saturday.

After their fixtures being cancelled in the previous two weeks West were delighted to be back in action and it took them just five minutes to get on the scoreboard.

A well worked backs’ move culminated in a fine run by stand-off Ross McAulay who drew the visiting defence, took the tackle from two of them and popped the ball up for scrum half Harry Brewster to finish the job off behind the posts. Blair Smith converted.

A further 10 minutes saw the West pack take charge of proceedings and from a throw-in near the visitors’ line Irvine were driven back mercilessly and Drew Readie did the honours.

Smith again converted and 14 early points on the board was a pleasing sight indeed for the West support.

However the heavier Irvine pack began to drive the West scrum back and Kevin Lang came in at pace to take the ball over the line.

The conversion was missed and Irvine then missed another chance when their winger dropped the ball.

But West relief was short-lived as scrum half Connor Turnbull twice broke through gaps to touch down, with one successful conversion giving the visitors a 17-14 half-time lead.

However West regained the lead when captain Jamie McAuley kicked from hand to the right wing and Andrew Goodall pounced to fly across the ;one, his touchdown behind the posts allowing Smith to convert.

With the visitors’ pack tiring Goodall scored again, weaving through a gap from a driven maul, although this time Smith was unable to convert.

The Red and Yellows required only five more minutes to strike again, scrum-half Harry Brewster picking up from the base of a scrappy scrum and threaded a gap to score out wide.

Again the conversion was missed but West had now a healthy lead at 31-17 with 20 minutes to go and further tries by Fintan Cuthbertson and Darren Allen, both converted, sealed a convincing win and a much-needed bonus point.

On Saturday West travel up to Perth for their final game before the Christmas break. Kick-off is 2pm.