West lose to Biggar
Biggar v West 24/9/16
Result: 35 -10
West travelled for their fourth game in National 2 to Hartree Mill, home of Biggar RFC. With a howling wind and pouring rain throughout it was a tribute to both sides that they made every effort to play constructive rugby for the whole difficult 80 minutes.
With the wind in their favour for the first half west took the initiative with stand-off Ross McAulay’s kicks pinning the home side in their own half and the forwards using the driving maul to good effect. An early penalty to West converted by Blair Smith gave the visitors an early 0 – 3 lead.
Biggar replied shortly after when a penalty kicked to touch was taken and driven efficiently over the West line and converted to give them the lead at 7 – 3. But West soon replied in kind with their own similar line out take and drive with Fraser Smeaton claiming the touch down. Blair managed to manoeuvre the ball between the posts for West to regain the lead at 7 – 10.
West then seemed to get on the wrong side of the referee with repeated penalties being conceded nullifying their wind advantage. Eventually this led to the home side pressurising the West line and another penalty saw West flanker James Harley being yellow carded. Biggar elected to kick the penalty taking the half time score to 10 – 10.
With the wind in their favour in the second half and West continuing to concede too many penalties and eventually having another player, Fraser Smeaton, sin-binned the home side gained the ascendancy. They overpowered the West forwards in the scrum and West continuously found themselves on the back foot. Another penalty and four more driven over tries for the home side gave them a final score of 35 – 10.
Horrendous conditions but it was the same for both sides. Biggar played the conditions and the referee more efficiently and fully deserved the bonus point win. West will have to rally quickly from this defeat for the Friday evening game at Old Anniesland against local rivals GHK (K.O. 7.30 pm). GHK will be coming off the back of a good win against table toppers Aberdeenshire.
West team: Neil Fullerton, Darren Allan, Andrew Love, Colin McInally,Mark Jenkinson, James Harley, Angus Thomson, Fraser Smeaton, Andrew Goodall, Alex Fisken, Ross McAulay, Sandy McCallum, Blair Smith, Calum Booth, Peter Burns.
Replacements: Rory Cuthbertson, Stuart MacDonald, Mark Vallance, Tom Gray.