West rugby’s convincing victory over Dumfries

Photograph Jamie Forbes 22.2.14 MILNGAVIE.  West of Scotland vs Dumfries at Burnbrae.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 22.2.14 MILNGAVIE. West of Scotland vs Dumfries at Burnbrae.

West showed they could up their game with a confident 27-14 victory over Dumfries Saints at Burnbrae on Saturday.

Initial exchanges in this re-arranged match from last weekend were even, with West just edging it until a driving maul from a lineout saw Calum Morrison score. Blair Smith converted to put West ahead 7-0. Blair Smith then converted a penalty to make it 10-0.

The Burnbrae men then had a sustained period of pressure, winning the forward battle but not being rewarded in points until a tap penalty was passed out wide to Graeme Carmichael who scored. Blair Smith converted again to give West a healthy 17-0 lead.

Dumfries came back with a spell inside the West half but good defence kept them out until a mix up in the West defence allowed winger Euan Laverty in to score. John Carlisle converted off the post to make it 17-7. However, Calum Morrison scored again from a driving maul, this time the conversion being misses to make it 22-7 at half time.

Dumfries tried to gain ground after the break but good West defence kept them well away from the line. West could have scored themselves from breaks, Dumfries having to scramble to stop West’s lively back line of Fintan Cuthbertson Leask Carnegie and Blair Smith.

A period of scrappy play followed until West finally broke through for the bonus point, Andy Love breaking through the Dumfries defence. The conversion was missed but West were in command at 27-7. Dumfries managed another try from a break scored by Euan Laverty converted to make the final score 27-14.

West: Vallance, Dawson, Fullerton, Simpson, Carmichael, Thomson, Allen, Morrison, McClymont, MacAulay, Carnegie, MacAulay, Hunter, Cuthbertson, Smith. Replacements: Love, Brand, Carnegie.