West move up the table after win

West Rugby Club new head coach Ewan Smith.'Pic by Alan Murray 07-08-12
West Rugby Club new head coach Ewan Smith.'Pic by Alan Murray 07-08-12

WEST moved seven points ahead of Dunfermline on Saturday after beating them 19-17 and nine points ahead of Dalziel.

Coach Ewan Smith said the Burnbrae sides put in a competent performance with the visitors not really putting West under much pressure.

But he added: “West’s past demons came back to haunt us with simple tackles being missed which nearly allowed Dunfermline to snatch the win in almost identical circumstances as the reverse fixture earlier in the season.”

This Saturday West host GHA in a re-arranged league fixture. With GHA second in the league, and currently on a good run of winning four out of their last five games it will be a tough encounter.

Smith added: “We are really looking forward to the weekends fixture against GHA. We played out a very entertaining game earlier in the season with GHA running out 34-20 winners and have looked at the DVD and identified a few areas that we can maybe exploit GHA.”

But her admitted, “They are a good young team.....very similar to us....the only real difference is they have a couple of old experienced heads in Andy Henderson and Hefin O’Hare. Both these guys have played at the highest level and have to be commended for giving something back to the game.

“We have no new injury worries this week but a few of the boys have picked up some sort of bug which affected training a wee bit this week. We know we will have to be at the top of our game to get a result against GHA but we are coming off two league wins in a row and if we play to our potential, do the basics well in attack and make our tackles in defence then there is no reason we can’t make it three wins in a row.”