West 15 - 46 Aberdeenshire (cup match)
19th November 2016
West played Aberdeenshire in the cup, which is not the team's primary focus so a much changed side saw several 2s players appear, particularly in the forwards. Aberdeenshire on the other hand featured many of their main first team squad in key positions despite the long journey down.
The temperature hardly crawled above 3° and it was a wet afternoon, with handling set to be difficult.
West started brightly, a series of driving mauls bringing a yellow card for Aberdeenshire and a penalty converted by Blair Smith. 3-0 and things looked promising.
It wasn't to be, however, as a well organised Aberdeenshire side kicked into gear. West weren't the only side with a good driving maul and the Aberdeenshire no 8 Greig Ryan scored off the base unconverted.
Captain Greig Ryan was having an excellent match and scored again after a West scrum went against the head, breaking off the back and finding a gap. Out half Carne Green added the extras to make it 3-12.
West thought they had a let off when a neat offload from scrum half to out half, then a testing kick forward found their winger who went over the line but was adjudged to have knocked on. However, Aberdeenshire won a penalty for a West offence at the resulting scrum and passed it quickly out from the line out to find Greig Ryan once again to score his hat trick, the conversion hitting the post.
The visitors were in control at this stage and tightened the screw when they disrupted a West lineout, their centre had a good run and found out half Green who scored but failed to convert his own try. 3-22 and it was a long way back for West, but their tackling started to show much needed improvement.
Aberdeenshire scored an excellent try just before half time, West initially defending an attack but Carne Green must have been watching videos of Dan Parks as his superb cross field kick over the West defence found winger Mike MacLugash who only had to ground the ball to score. The conversion was missed but the visitors went in at half time 34-3 up.
West needed to improve to avoid a total rout and they did so in the second half with an excellent try. Alex Fisken found Angus Thomson who broke through several tackles before angling his run in so that the score was under the posts. Blair Smith could hardly miss the conversion and West were back to 10-34.
Aberdeenshire suffered another yellow card before a passing move found prop Edgaras Sabaliauskas who scored unconverted in the corner to make it 10-39.
West were working hard now but couldn't manage to make headway against a well organised defence. A serious looking injury to an Aberdeenshire back saw him stretchered off to applause, before West pegged a try back. A West line out and driving maul was followed by a series of pick and drives, Glen Sutherland rumbling over to score. No conversion, and it was 15-39.
West couldn't claw back any further ground despite a lot of effort and it was the visitors extending their lead near the end with centre Kenny Penman running an excellent angle to score by the post. Carne Green added the extras and Aberdeenshire ran out 15-46 winners. A game of two halves, the second half even but the damage being done in the first period.
West: 1. Neil Fullarton 2. Stuart MacDonald 3. Glen Sutherland 4. James Elderfield, 5. Tom Grey, 6 Darren Allan, 7. Donald Wilson 8. Angus Thomson 9. Alex Fisken 10. Cameron McLymont 11. Fintan Cuthbertson 12 Sandy McCallum 13. Blair Smith 14. Mark Davis 15 Mark Sim. Subs 16 Scott Cochrane 17. Nicky O'Brien 18. Ross MacAulay 19. Douglas Thorpe.