West travelled to take on Murrayfield Wanderers in the second of their league matches and although the hosts put up a strong fight West beat them 33-0.
Initialy West found it very hard going, although they were camped in Murrayfield’s half for the first 30 minutes.
West dropped four scoring chances just short of the line and two miracle tackles by Murrayfield stopped what looked to be certain tries. It took sometime for the visitors to score but the breakthrough came
just before half time.
A penalty followed by a driving maul was grounded by Andy Love. Unfortunately the conversion was narrowly missed.
Alex Fisken came on at scrum half at half time and West’s attack quickly sprung into life. A sweeping move found Scott Hunter breach the Murrayfield defence and pass to Mark Sim who scored. Ross McAulay converted.
Murrayfield then won a kickable penalty but it hit the post - perhaps this was a turning point as it was all West after that.
Another good passing move found Scott Cochrane on the wing who touched down to score. Ross McAulay converted to stretch the lead to 19-0. Scott Hunter looked to have scored but was ruled to have made a double movement. Murrayfield had been doing well in the scrums with a large well drilled pack but West scored after a scrum won against the head, and after several passes Ross McAulay found a gap to score under the posts. He converted his own try for West to go 26 points clear and clinch the bonus point.
After another passing move, Ross McAulay found another hole and scored again; and this time didn’t miss the conversion to finish the scoring.
This was another good result which sees West top the league playing some good rugby.
West 1st XV: Fullerton, Henderson, Love, McLaren, Harley, Thomson, Allan, Carmichael, McClymont, Ross McAulay, Cochrane, Jamie McAulay (c), Hunter, Sim, Cuthbertson. Replacements: Carmichael, MacDonald, Smith, Fisken.