West 48 - 32 GHK
West started the season with a cup match against local rivals GHK in warm calm conditions, the pitch like a carpet after its summer break. West haven't had much joy in the Cup in recent years, and GHK won both derby matches last season.
GHK started the scoring, with a penalty under the posts converted by Danny Campbell. But the traffic was soon reversed, with an error in the GHK defence pounced on by Andy Goodall who scored in the corner. Blair Smith converted to put West in the lead 3-7.
West were looking a class above the Anniesland visitors, with scrum and driving maul working well. One such maul was pulled down illegally by GHK, suffering a penalty try and yellow card for their pains. Blair Smith again converted, 14-3. Andy Goodall then had an excellent break, putting Blair Smith clear out wide and he touched down under the posts before converting his own try. 21-3. Another good driving maul brought another try, Fraser Smeaton scoring off the base. This time the conversion was missed but it was 26-3.
West were in total control but took their foot off the gas, and GHK's backs are too dangerous to allow teams to relax. They found an overlap for centre Robin Coats to score, Danny Campbell converting. GHK then gave West a taste of their own medicine with a driving maul on the line, scrum half Danny Campbell sneaking over and converting his own try. 26-17, and at half time it was looking relatively close.
The second half started in the same way as the first, Danny Campbell slotting over a penalty before West hit back hard. A tap penalty saw Alex Fisken go through the defence to score under the posts through sheer determination. Blair Smith converted and the scoreboard was looking better at 31-20.
Another good driving maul saw Fraser Smeaton score again off the base, this time unconverted. Then Ross McAulay somehow kept the ball in play, passed it to Alex Fisken who pirouetted past the last defender and walked in to score. No conversion, but still 41-20. West added another after a tap penalty went through the hands to find Harry Brewster who snuck over in the corner. Blair Smith converted to make it 48-20.
GHK managed to score through a Danny Campbell break and he converted his own try, and scored again right at the death when Cammy Hughes found an overlap. No conversion but the score ended in a comfortable 48-32 win for West, who ran in 8 tries. Cartha Queens Park are next up at Burnbrae for the first league match of the season next Saturday and another derby match.
West team: 1 Peter Davie, 2 Danny Dineen, 3 Andy Love, 4 Colin McInally, 5 Mark Jenkinson, 6 Angus Thomson, 7 Craig McCall, 8 Fraser Smeaton, 9 Harry Brewster, 10 Ross McAulay, 11 Andy Goodall, 12 Jamie McAulay (c) 13 Blair Smith, 14 Alex Fisken, 15 Mark Davis. Subs Darren Allen, Glen Sutherland, James Harley, Rory Cuthbertson.