Arbroath RFC 7, Howe of Fife 47
HOWE of Fife RFC were the first visitors of the new Midlands season at the High School, Arbroath. They took to the field with a good mixture of young and more experienced players all keen to make a mark on the first game of the season.
Playing with a strong breeze, Arbroath took full advantage and were soon camped only five metres from the try line, Neish put boot on ball with a clever little box kick over the top. However, the opposition full back had scrambled back to save the day as Arbroath forwards advanced upon him.
After 10 minutes it was very much anybody’s game with both teams playing good open running rugby, but as time ran on the Fifers began to dominate the open play with strong crash ball in the centre, and their full back running through at pace creating an overlap, the offloading of the ball in the tackle made life very difficult for the Lichties but in true rugby style they kept working and playing for all they were worth.
Half-time: Howe of Fife 40, Arbroath 0.
The half-time team talk by Captain Williams lifted the whole team, asking for more composure and more controlled aggression at rucks, this 40 minutes was to be a fresh start and all 15 players responded, and mid-way through the second half Arbroath went over for a great try.
This all came about by great rucking winning the ball over and over again, then on the third phase of play Joe El drove through at an angle supported by Cull and McIntyre and the sizeable crowd went wild, the conversion was smoothly put over by Collins. Howe came straight back at the homesters but the defence was resilient and never faltered and right up to the end Arbroath wanted more from the game, and so it was when the final whistle went Arbroath were 5 metres from the opposition try line.
Much can be taken from this game with every player working for each other and the club. Training continues at RM Condor every Thursday from 6.15 p.m., meeting at the Guard Room.
Players: D. Williams (C), D. Shaw, M. Starkey, I. Cooper, R. Allan, J. El, I. Neish, G. Irving, C. Chunk, A. Tough, C. Tough, P. McIntosh, D. Robertson, T. Tom, A. McIntyre, B. Irving, S. Cull, D. Mackenzie, D. Dowie, J. Adair, P. Pennington, J. Collins.