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Match Report 12

Whitecraigs 47- 27 West.

West crossed the Clyde to play Newton Mearns' Whitecraigs, who had some good results early in the season but have tailed off since. 

West started brightly, looking well organised, and play hardly left the Whitecraigs half for the first 15 minutes.  However, West couldn't get on the scoresheet despite a lot of effort.  It was the home team who looked dangerous on the break, dropping the ball at key moments.

West were plugging away and a series of driving mauls brought down illegally saw a penalty try converted by Jack Urquhart to make it 0-7.  At this point it looked as if Whitecraigs might crack but instead came to life.  A period of pressure saw scrum half Tony Sprangers sneak over, the conversion missed and West still leading 5-7.

However, a rapid Whitecraigs break which West couldn't stop found Michael Christine scoring, Neil Alexander adding the extras.  West hit back straight away, a quick lineout finding Mark Sim who passed to Alex Fisken who found Mark Jenkinson who offloaded to Calum Booth who outflanked the defence to score in the corner.  No conversion and the match was now even at 12-12 although Whitecraigs went back in the lead 15-12 when Neil Alexander scored with a penalty.

Then things started to turn the home team's way.  An attempted shovel pass instead found Whitecraigs out half William Slumbers who ran in unopposed and an easy conversion. making it 22-12.  West won a long range penalty just before the break and an excellent kick from Ross MacAulay brought it back to 22-15 at half time.

Whitecraigs scored another penalty just after the break, and then a very slow West defence allowed home winger Connor Drummond to chip over the defence and collect his own kick to score the bonus point try.

West then got the driving maul working.  It was brought down illegally twice, the second time after a 20m drive, then Fraser Smeaton scored off the base of yet another maul.  It was now 30-20 but Whitecraigs managed to escape without a yellow card, which didn't help when Fraser Smeaton was carded for a penalty after a team warning.  Whitecraigs scored from the penalty, and piled on the pressure.  Darren Allen was then yellow carded for a professional foul and it was 15 against 13.  Fairly inevitably, giant lock Ross MacDonald rumbled in to score from the resulting tap penalty.

Ross MacDonald scored again and Whitecraigs were now dominating 47-20.  A Whitecraigs yellow card followed, and West got the maul working again.  Alexander Fisken managed to sneak over, Ross MacAulay converting and that was all the scoring done at 47-27.

West will need to improve defensively on this evidence, but are still mid table half way through the season.

West: 1. Billy Dineen, 2. Stuart MacDonald, 3. Andy Love, 4. James Harley, 5. Mark Jenkinson, 6. Tom Grey, 7. Darren Allan, 8. Angus Thomson, 9. Alex Fisken, 10. Ross McAulay, 11. Ross Carnegie, 12. Jack Urquhart, 13. Sandy McCallum, 14. Calum Booth, 15. Mark Sim.  Substitutes 16: Neil Fullerton, 17. Donald Wilson, 18 Fraser Smeaton, 19. Fintan Cuthbertson