Hillhead Jordanhill 15-39 West
West visited near neighbours Hillhead Jordanhill and the weather couldn't have been much more different from the previous week - warm, sunny and a fast pitch. Hills have had a torrid time this year with a single losing bonus point to their name all season and were playing for pride.
West were well on top in the opening exchanges, Mark Davis nearly scoring, before Hills unexpectedly took the lead. In one of their first forays into the West half, they won a scrum and lock Callum Stove found a gap in the West defence to score. Conversions seemed to be option in this match and the home side led 5-0. West hit back when after a strong scrum they won a penalty, elected for another scrum and passed to Jamie McAulay who had a clear run to score. His brother Ross slotted over the conversion and West led 5-7.
Then a clever chip forward by Mark Sim was controlled by Alex Fisken before it could go into touch and scored in the corner. Another excellent West move saw Ross McAulay break through the Hills defence, chip forward and when the defence made a mess of things, West turned it over and passed to Ross Carnegie out wide who touched down in the corner. West were looking comfortable at 5-17.
Hills were trying hard for a break and got one just before half time when scrum half Ross Thomson rounded the West defence to score, making it 10-17 at the break.
West got the maul working after the break, moving one 20m before being stopped just before the line. They didn't lose patience and passed it left then right before finally Alex Fisken snuck in under the posts for West's bonus point, converted by Ross McAulay to make it 10-24.
Then Hills imploded, gifting West a try when first an attempted chip found Darren Allen who ran in unopposed. Then they clawed a try back when Chris Tulloch scored in a rare break. They were trying hard but handling errors let them down, and West were much stronger in the tackle.
Mark Jenkinson extended his recent scoring streak when the influential lock chipped over the Hills defence, collecting his own chip to score a try many wingers would have been proud of. Hills went down to 10 for a team offence before West finished the scoring with their 7th try when after a strong scrum Ross McAulay dummied and fooled the home defence to score. 15-39 at a sunny Hughenden and West stay 8th in the table with next Saturday's home match against Whitecraigs the last game of the season.
West team: 1.Stuart MacDonald, 2. Darren Allen, 3. Glen Sutherland, 4.Colin McInally, 5. Mark Jenkinson, 6. Tom Grey, 7. Craig Mc Coll,
8. Angus Thomson, 9. . Alex Fisken, 10. Ross McAulay, 11, Mark Davis 12. Jamie McAulay, 13. Sandy McCallum, 14. Ross Carnegie.
15. Mark Sim.
Substitutes 16: Danny Dineen, 17. Billy Dineen, 18. Angus Thomson, 19. Robbie Greenhalgh