West knocked out of cup competition by local rivals

West welcomed local rivals Hillhead/Jordanhill to Burnbrae on Saturday in this West Regional Cup competition but lost 31-17 in a hard fought game.

The Burnbrae men started brightly with a series of penalties taken touch.

West v Hillhead/Jordanhill at  Burnbrae. 'Photo by Emma Mitchell'7/12/13

West v Hillhead/Jordanhill at Burnbrae. 'Photo by Emma Mitchell'7/12/13

However, Hills held out and had a series of scrums 5m out themselves, winning a penalty try that they converted. A West penalty by Blair Smith narrowed the score before Hills won a penalty for not rolling away and were camped in West’s 5m zone, with West forced into scramble defence to keep several Hills attacks out.

Finally Hills peeled off the side of the scrum to score, the conversion making it 3-14.

Andy Park was yellow carded but it was West who were pressing the Hills defence in the lead up to the turnaround, even if there were no further scores before the turnaround.

Hills forced a decisive break shortly after half time with their props finding some space for full back Stuart Howie who scored. The conversion was missed to make it 3-19.

Howie broke again and two good passes later, scrum half Thomas Davidson scored in the corner. This one was converted and the score rose to 3-26.

A raft of substitutions saw West fight back. They won a penalty, kicked to touch, and Darren Allen scored off the back of a driving maul to make it 10-26 after Smith had added the extras.

Unfortunately, a good move from a Hills lineout and a couple of passes saw Blair McPherson score to extend their lead although the conversion was missed.

Another good West driving maul from a lineout gained dividends when Leask Carnegie moved in from his wing to score under the posts. Smith had another 100 per cent kicking day to finish the scoring.

West: Fullarton, Dawson, Henderson, McLaren, Morrison, MacDonald, Allan, Thomson, Tran, R.McAulay, Cuthbertson, J.McAulay, Park, Hunter, Smith. Replacements: Simpson, Brand, Carnegie.