On form Falkirk just too strong for West

West of Scotland v Falkirk'30/nov 13'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
West of Scotland v Falkirk'30/nov 13'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

West put up a brave fight against an onform Falkirk team who are challenging for the top spot in the league but went down 22-13.

Falkirk were the first to opened the scoring when quick hands found an overlap and their winger scoring in the corner. The conversion was missed.

West did not take matters lying down and pushed back hard. A good dummied offload from Ross McAulay saw Andy Park score under the posts. Blair Smith converting to make it 7-5.

Falkirk then broke away and West managed to repel the initial attack but Falkirk found a hole in the West defence to score an unconverted try.

The visitors were then judged offside and Blair Smith scored from the resulting penalty to even things up at 10-10.

A yellow card followed for Falkirk’s numbero 8 Aubrey MnCube for a punch and this was not the last action he would see. West capitalised on this with Blair Smith converting another penalty for taking the man without the ball. However the advantage was short lived when Falkirk took a penalty to touch, and scored from a driving maul off the resulting lineout. This was unconverted to go into half time 15-13 up.

In the second half Falkirk had a second yellow card when Will Henson was sent to the bin for bringing down a driving maul. However, this time round West could not take advantage and most of the second half involved a ferocious battle at the breakdown with Falkirk camped in the West half.

Errors by both sides meant that attacks were going nowhere and West held out from a series of penalties taken to touch and resulting driving mauls.

Finally Falkirk made one stick when they took a scrum for a penalty offence 5m out. Aubrey MnCube scored from the base of the scrum and this time Logan Bonar converted. Late on, West won a penalty 45m out and elected to take a tap, but Falkirk managed to defend the resulting move to finish the scoring.

West: Vallance, Dawson, Fullarton, Simpson, Carmichael, MacDonald, Allan, Thomson (c), Tran, McAulay, Hunter, McAulay, Park, Cuthbertson, Smith. Replacements: McLaren, Love, Carnegie.