LENZIE gave Strathendrick a real mauling last Saturday at Viewfield beating them 32-3 in an RBS West Division 2 game.
If Endrick had been able to show the same competitive spirit in the second half of as they did in the first the outcome might have been rather different.
Before the game all the players and spectators observed a one minute respectful silence in tribute to Clive Emmanuel, past president of Strathendrick RFC who died unexpectedly last weekend.
Although the rain stayed off, conditions were far from good. Lenzie opened the scoring following an infringement into Lenzie’s 22 which resulted in a penalty kick.
Endrick came back immediately and Drew McDonald was just off target with a drop at goal. His next kick at goal from a penalty 35 metres out and to the left was a peach and after 14 minutes Endrick were back on level terms.
Lenzie were looking dangerous, with a breakaway down their left, but Ruaraidh McLaughlin somehow got across to make a saving tackle.
The hosts then had another penalty miss after 25 minutes. From the drop-out Endrick won the ball to carry the game to halfway but the Lenzie forwards effected a turnover, drove forward down the left before a switch inside allowed one of the props to squeeze over for the opening try to bring the score to 8-3 going into the turnaround.
Endrick did their best to take play towards the deep end, but Lenzie’s defence was strong. An Endrick back then managed to retrieve the ball and should have kicked for the safety of the touchline to allow his mates to regroup. Instead he chose to run, and in the poor ground conditions was inevitably nailed by a couple of Lenzie players for the home side’s second try.
A third try followed 19 minutes later that was almost a replica of the second. Up to that point all three attempted conversions had been unsuccessful but two minutes later the try which earned them the try bonus point also led to the first conversion of the day. It was also the best try of the game.
Lenzie’s pack continued to drive forward then releasing the ball for the backs to produce some astonishingly confident handling in the conditions before a great run to the line.
Endrick battled on but the points were now safely in the hands of the home side.
The only other score for Lenzie came nine minutes from the end when pressure gave them a penalty five metres from the Endrick line.
The penalty was quickly taken and a concerted drive by the pack took them over for a try, duly converted to finish the scoring.
Endrick 1sts are at home to Clydebank this week. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Team: Longley, Lindsay, Campbell, Johnstone, McLaughlin, McDonald, Doyle, Cuthbertson, McNeill, Gibson, McEwan, O’Brien, Ogilvy, Gourlie, MacKay. Replacement: Spence, Vickers, Barrett.