League game @ Sunnyside, 31/8/13 - Match photos - Match Video
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Dalziel travelled to Sunnyside to play Falkirk in the second match of the RBS Championship A season. Having lost the previous week, Dalziel were aiming to make amends. However, the signs were ominous, when Falkirk took a quick penalty early on, and were able to beat the scramble defense and score to the right of the posts to gain a 7-0 lead after 4 minutes.
Immediately from the kick off, Dalziel put pressure on the home side and turned the ball over. A probing run by Ross Westwood gave Dalziel front foot ball, and quick hands saw the ball passed out to James Baxendale, who was shepherded into touch.
Dalziel then had a spell of sustained pressure, forcing their way deep into the Falkirk half, but the chance was lost when the ball fumbled at the base of a ruck. From the resultant scrum, the Falkirk blindside winger broke down field, only to be stopped by Lee McWhinnie on the half way line.
A Dalziel line out on the half way line was won comfortably, and trying to utilise the swirling wind, Ross Donnachie put in a towering box kick. The Falkirk full back comfortably fielded the ball and jinked his way through the Dalziel defence to score in the corner.
Falkirkâ€™s indiscipline at the break down was giving Dalziel possession, but the visitors were finding it difficult in the wind to make the final pass count. A further Falkirk indiscretion resulted in a yellow card, when their winger deliberately knocked the ball on.
Dalziel had the upperhand in the scrums and were putting the home pack under all sorts of pressure. Two scrum penalties followed, and on the second, Craig Simmonds tapped quickly and ploughed over to score and pull Dalziel back to 12-5.
As the game approached half time, Dalziel conceded two quick penalties for offside in front of the posts, which the Falkirk kicker converted to take the halftime score to 18-5.
At the start of the second half Dalziel lost Gavin Armstrong to injury and he was replaced by debutant Grant Neilson. This had no affect on the scrum, and Dalziel continued to dominate Falkirk at the set piece. The scrum was giving a good platform for Dalziel to attack from, and a break by Baxendale and Westwood saw Dalziel move to the Falkirk 22, however, indiscipline saw Falkirk win a penalty and clear their lines.
Further indiscipline saw Donnachie and Andy Scott receive yellow cards within 3 minutes of each other, resulting in Dalziel playing with only 13 men for 7 minutes. However, during this time, the Dalziel tackling was ferocious and held firm, denying Falkirk any scoring opportunities.
Returning to 15 men, Dalziel conceded a penalty for offside which Falkirk kicked to the corner. The lineout was won, and they formed a maul and drove over the line to score their third try of the afternoon and lead 23-5.
Falkirk then pushed for the bonus point try, and with a kick over the top that deceived the Dalziel defence, the Falkirk fullback was able to gather and dot the ball down for the fourth score. The conversion was successful and the full time score was 30-5 to Falkirk.
Grant Neilson debut Dalziel 1stXV
What Falkirk had to say: Report - Photos - Video
Stuart Caulfield, Craig Collin, George Sloan, Greg Smith, Grant Clark, Euan Stewart, Gavin Armstrong, Craig Simmonds, Ross Donnachie, Scott Johnstone, Lewis MacSween, Gordon Howatson, Ross Westwood, James Baxendale, Lee McWhinnie
Subs: David Irvine, Grant Neilson, Cameron King, Andy Scott
Tries: Craig Simmonds
Yellow Cards: Ross Donnachie, Andy Scott
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