A Community Amateur Sports Club


Match Report 23

West 59-17 Whitecraigs

West's last match of the season was at Burnbrae against Newton Mearns' Whitecraigs.  The beer festival that afternoon ensured a festive atmosphere and the referee was Alex Pratt who was touch judge in the Olympic womens 7s final last summer.

West looked the better team from the off, though Whitecraigs' good line speed made them initially hard to break down.  West struck first, however, with a Ross McAulay break from a scrum finding Alex Fisken who scored under the posts.  Mark Davis converted and it was 7-0.  West extended the lead when smart work from Mark Jenkinson at a line out found Mark Davis who went through the visitors' defence like a hot knife through butter before releasing Alex Fisken who was on hand to touch down.  Mark Davis added the extras for a 14-0 lead.

Whitecraigs clawed a penalty back through Stephen Gillies before West went through several phases after a tap penalty, Robbie Greenhalgh finding a gap to score easily. Mark Davis converted again and it was 21-3.  Hero turned villain when Robbie Greenhalgh was yellow carded for a tip tackle.

Whitecraigs scored a try through giant lock Ross MacDonald, momentum taking him over, and Stephen Gillies converting to make the scoreboard more respectable at 21-10.  West stretched the lead and gained a try bonus point when Ross McAulay rounded 3 defenders to score under the posts, again Mark Davis adding the extras.  28-10 at half time, West well on top.

The second half started with Tom Grey being stretchered off and it was a while before West got the scoreboard moving again, but they duly did when Fraser Smeaton scored with a classic break off the back of a strong scrum.  Ross McAulay took over kicking duties and converted.  Then West scored a classy try with a break from Jamie McAulay then a lovely pass to Robbie Greenhalgh who scored under the posts.  Ross McAulay converted, and it was now 42-10.

The visitors scored a pushover try from Craig Percival off a driving maul, Stephen Gillies converting, before a good West passing move found Richie Tran who scored unconverted in the corner.  Then Robbie Greehalgh was given the ball and burned off the defence for his hat trick, converted by Ross McAulay.  The scoring wasn't done, however, and Fraser Smeaton touched down at the end converted by Ross McAulay for a convincing 59-17 win.

West have finished the league in 8th, but if they can continue their late season form, should be well placed to do better next year.

West: 1.Billy Dineen, 2. Stuart MacDonald, 3. Glen Sutherland, 4.Tom Grey, 5. Mark Jenkinson, 6. Craig Mc Coll, 7. Angus Thomson, 8. Fraser Smeaton,  9. . Alex Fisken, 10. Ross McAulay, 11, Mark Davis 12. Jamie McAulay, 13. Robbie Greenhalgh, 14. Ross Carnegie 15. Mark Sim.  Substitutes 16: Darren Allen, 17. Danny Dineen, 18. Colin McInally, 19. Richie Tran