League game @ Coats Park, 11/4/09
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Dalziel had two objectives for this match against county rivals Cambuslang. Win the game and score at least four tries to secure the all important bonus point. They achieved their objective but with second place Dumfries also winning Dalziel now find themselves five points adrift with each team having two more games to play.
Scrum half Andy McLaren failed a last minute fitness test and his place in the side was taken by Robert Simpson. Dalziel had all the pressure in the opening ten minutes. Andy Hill missed a penalty when a Cambuslang player was penalised for not releasing the ball in a ruck. Hill almost got the first score when he charged down a wayward clearance kick but the ball rolled into touch as the big lock attempted to pick up the loose ball.
Dalziels first try ranks with the with the best for the season. A poor clearance kick was fielded by the Dalziel No.10 Ross McCaulay. He made good ground before passing to Blake Whitehead who popped the ball to Barry Turnbull who ran for the corner before putting in a reverse pass to Andy Hill who quickly fed inside to his scrum half Robert Simpson who dived in between the posts for a superb opening score. Hill hit the conversion. Five minutes later Dalziel got their second when Simpson picked up from a ruck to go blind. He passed to his No. 8 Craig Simmonds who made good ground bursting through a couple of tackles before releasing Paul Beer on the crashball to score near the corner. A lapse in concentration allowed the Cambuslang stand off to dance through two attempted tackles to score in the corner.
Dalziels centre Gillon Duguid and McLaren of Cambuslang were then red carded by the referee for exchanging punches. Dalziel played with seven forwards releasing wing forward Blake Whitehead to play in the centre and the move worked immediately. A tap penalty followed by quick ball from a ruck saw Whitehead burst clear to score between the posts and with Hill converting Dalziel went in at half time 19 - 5 up.
Dalziel needed to consolidate their lead but again poor tackling saw the Cambuslang No 10 break from behind a five metre scum to score between the posts. The Dalziel forwards started to exert some pressure and after four successive rucks the ball was fed wide with Blake Whitehead diving over for Dalziels fourth try which secured the bonus point for Dalziel. Prop Stephen Findlay then got in on the act. A grubber kick was picked up by Craig Lewis who jinxed his way past two defenders. The ball was fed along the line to the prop who found himself on the wing and he dived through the air to score. This score should have opened the floodgates but two quick tries with one converted brought Cambuslang back to within five points of Daziel. However Dalziels man of the match Blake Whitehead had the final say when from a five metre scrum the ball was passed wide. Great handling by John Harris then Fraser Duguid created the space for the big centre to score in the corner for his third and Dalziels sixth try of the afternoon.
Dalziel are at home this Saturday to runaway champions Howe of Fife. This is a game Dalziel must win with a bonus point so Dalziel Park is the place to be for hopefully a feast of tries.
Ian Adams, Ross Donnachie, Fraser Duguid, Gillon Duguid, John Harris, Andy Hill, Ross McAulay, Lee McWhinnie, Robert Simpson, Victor Czarnocki, Blake Whitehead, Paul Beer, Stephen Clowes, Steven Findlay, Craig Lewis, Crawford Reid, Craig Simmonds, George Sloan, Kris Watters, Barry Turnbull
Tries: Robert Simpson, Blake Whitehead (3), Paul Beer, Steven Findlay
Conversions: Andy Hill (2)
Red Cards: Gillon Duguid
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