West rugby secure third spot in the league

28-03-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. West of Scotland vs East Kilbride at Burnbrae.
28-03-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. West of Scotland vs East Kilbride at Burnbrae.

West 31 - 16 East Kilbride

In West’s last league game of the season they managed to put on a good show and finish the season on a high note.

The Burnbrae squad were first on the scoreboard with a penalty slotted over by Blair Smith. Penalties were being given frequently as the match was keenly contested early on, and East Kilbride hit back with two penalties from Calum Blackwood to go into the lead 3-6.

East Kilbride were the heavier team and West were struggling to make headway through their defence and they increased their lead when a good loop pass found flying winger Ian Brown who rounded three defenders to score in the corner. The conversion was missed, but the visitors led 11-6.

Just before half time the hosts narrowed the scores when they won a penalty which was advanced forward 10m with East Kilbride tackling early from the tap penalty. It was now in Blair Smith’s range and he didn’t miss to make it 11-9 going into the break.

West thought they were in for a score after good work from Leask Carnegie but a forward pass was ruled out. They then won a scrum against the head, took it through the phases and a good pass from Angus Thomson found Jamie McAulay who found a hole in the defence to score under the posts. Blair Smith struck the conversion to make it 16-11.

East Kilbride’s full back was yellow carded and Blair Smith scored a penalty to widen the lead to 19-11. Then a West passing move and a neat pass from Ross McAulay found Fraser Smeaton who found a hole to score. Blair Smith was not missing anything and he converted to extend West’s lead to 26-11.

The visitors hit back when a smart tap and go penalty found their speedy scrum half Richard Murray who outsped the West defence to score in the corner. The conversion attempt provided possibly the most entertainment of the match when it first bounced off the crossbar, then fell on the crossbar again only to bobble back in front of the posts.

It was now closer at 26-16 but West extended their lead when a West chip forward caused the visitors’ defence all sorts of trouble. A knock on gave West a scrum 5, Fraser Smeaton took it off the base, then Richie Tran found Leask Carnegie who scored in the corner. Blair Smith had his only miss of the match and West led 31-16.

The match fizzled out somewhat, with each side receiving a yellow and red card apiece before time was up for the season.

West: 1 Neil Fullarton 2 Darren Allan 3 Andy Love 4 Mark Jenkinson 5 Andrew Kennedy 6 James Harley 7 Jamie McAulay (c) 8 Fraser Smeaton 9 Richard Tran 10 Ross Carnegie 11 Leask Carnegie 12 Scott Hunter 13 Blair Smith 14 Fintan Cuthbertson 15 Alex Fisken . Subs Peter Davie, Tom Grey, Angus Thomson, Mark Sim