Final chance for triumphant Lenzie rugby players

Lenzie Rugby Club new strips and sponsors. Viewfield Park, Lenzie. 7.1.12 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Lenzie Rugby Club new strips and sponsors. Viewfield Park, Lenzie. 7.1.12 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A LONG-awaited cup semi-final kicked off at high noon on Saturday and it was Lenzie RFC who fired their way to victory.

Lenzie won the Bowl semi-final 14-3 against Cumbernauld at Boghead on Saturday.

For the first 15 minutes it was stalemate. The Lenzie forwards – battling against a sizeable weight advantage and the slope – were holding their own in the scrum.

Cumbernauld secured a lead after a penalty on 23 minutes, but the rest of the half belonged to Lenzie. Storming runs from Queenan and McLean were backed superbly by the rest of the pack. Lenzie scored a try just before half-time. It came after another rampaging run from Scoollar from a scrum just inside the Lenzie half. He broke right, cut inside the outside half and veered back out to avoid the Cumbernauld back row – eventually being hauled down five metres from the try line.

A quickly-recycled ball was fed to Wilson, who tried his best to make the two yards he had to go as difficult as possible!

A fine score put Lenzie 5-3 up at half-time.

The crowd expected greater things in the second half, but for some reason a constant stream of basic mistakes kept play in the Lenzie half for most of the second period. Scoollar knocked over a penalty after 55 minutes to give lenzie a five-point lead. Some fine running and tackling from Jones made sure the Lenzie line was never really under threat, but it was on a knife edge.

Eventually Lenzie started to kick the balls to the corners and apply pressure onto the Cumbernauld defence, resulting in a penalty – again converted by Scoollar. The same man added one more penalty to make the final score 14-3 to Lenzie.

Special mention must go to the front row. All four did exceptionally well considering the conditions.

The final is on March 10.