League game @ Dalziel Park, 30/3/13 - Match photos
|Dalziel 2nd XV:||16|
|West of Scotland:||49|
Better Play But Not on Scoreboard
Dalziel 2nds played West of Scotland at Dalziel Park. As with all year it was a hard ask , with not many training lack of fitness is our enemy. Dalziel are playing good rugby in places but lack consisitency in that area. This shows up in tackle area where we go too high and are missing a lot to our detriment.
With players playing out of position or new to this level of rugby. Dalziel went behind early on with Gaz Calquhon missing a tackle on his opposite number resulting in a score. 0-7 2mins played. He went on to play well and was hampered by hurting his shoulder and playing at stand off for first time.
A few minutes later Dalziel got a fee kick from a scrum just outside our 22 , but not knowing what to do with it , we messed up in open play and West took ball and scored. 0-12 9mins
Dalziel then had some enterprising play and a break by MOTM Fuz McKenzie , who played what could be his best game. This led to Gaz Calquhon kicking on and in chase secured a penalty from West. A good kick from left of 22 got Dalziel on scoreboard. 3 - 12 11mins
Dalziel attempted to capitilise on this good play and had West under presure with some good breaks. A good backs move with ball going out wide and unluckily Chris Howieson failed to catch pass and move broke down. Dalziel were inspired and played next 10 mins well in defence and attack.
West scored next with some sustained pressure and Dalziel ran out of defenders. 3-19 26 mins
At this point Chris Howieson had to have some running repairs to a cut eye , Jordan Donaldson replacing him for a few minutes. Dalziel bounced back and were next to score with another penalty goal from Gaz Calquhon 6 - 19 28mins
From Kick Off Peter Strain took ball in midflight and made a good break through the West forwards. West now uped the pressure on Dalziel moving us around the pitch and winning the open play. Dalziel collectively were getting tired and as all year lack of fitness played a major part in game. West scored from this pressure 6 - 24 33mins
Dalziel were under the cosh at this point but on 39 mins , Fuz McKenzie made a scintilizing break from West's 10 metre line beating the chasing defence to score a great try.
11 - 24
West came back straight away and with Dalziel still toiling scored near enough staright from kick off. H/T 11 - 29.
Boys were confident we could close the deficit as the game had been open and played in a good spirit , and despite losing some soft scores we thought we were still in game. But this didnt materialise after the break , lack of fitness and low numbers at training shows up on pitch. Dalziel took too long to get going in 2nd half and West scored early 11 -34 42 mins. West then upped the anti and kept sustained pressure on Dalziel with some open play and good breaks. Dalziels defence held out and we scrambled well to stop attacks. This took its toll on forwards who were struggling at this point to keep in game. This showed up with a scrum 5 out where we were pushed over line for West to score a good pushover try. 11 - 39 50 mins
To our credit we rallied as a team and with a 2nd wind got back into game. Niall McKenzie was replaced in forwards and Chris Howieson had to go off and Davie Jamieson had been replaced at half time , but despite Dalziel having a youth policy - the combined age of 2 of 3 subs was 106 years of age.
West kept up the pressure and scored again on 65 mins 11-44 despite Dalziel defending well and having some good attacks from resurgant players. West had went into our 22 and Dazliel didnt defend ruck with enough defenders and West sneaked over for a try.
Dalziel could have given in but much to our credit we didnt. Forwards started playing to their strengths and making ground through West pack and releasing ball to scrum half David Ainsworth at right time. Gaz Calqhoun was making breaks and putting his opposite man under pressure , with great support lines from centres Stango and Lynchie Dalziel were on front foot.
On 72 mins with Dazliel putting presure on West 22 , Fraser Stango made a great break burstimg through the gain line , surging forward he deftly offloaded to Harris who had followed him through. With Harris making a couple of yards he offloaded to Jordan Donaldson who was supporting like a steam train and he crashed over to score. This was a great team effort with players supporting and offloading well. 16 - 44
Next it was West time to up the play. Despite Dalziel defending well and putting West under pressure and resulting in them kicking through. Dalziel held out best we could but tiredness and West's good play resulted in last score of game on 76mins 16 - 49
The result reflected not justs West's dominance at times but Dalziel's lack of commitment to training which has been a problem all year. Results elsewhere in league meant that Dalziel were relegated with this result. We have 2 games to go Musselburgh on 13th and Kilmarnock Tues 23rd April. So with 2 games to go I urge boys to make a committment to train and play and enjoy rugby in these games. The hard work for next years campaign starts now.
Match Sponsored by:
Ball Sponsored by:
Shabaz Khan, Graeme Scott, David Jamieson, Niall McKenzie, Peter Strain, Peter McCartin, Lee McGowan, Fraser McKenzie, David Ainsworth, Gary Colquhon, Paul Kirkland, Fraser Stango, Alan Lynch, Drew Darcy, Chris Howieson
Subs: Keith Macdonald, Jordan Donaldson, Cammy Harris
Tries: Fraser McKenzie, Jordan Donaldson
Penalties: Gary Colquhon (2)
Yellow Cards: Fraser McKenzie
Man of the Match: Fraser McKenzie
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