ANOTHER beautiful autumn day made conditions conducive for rugby at Bothwell and both teams showed enterprise in attempting creative play.
RBS West Division 2
The home team were mostly on the defensive thanks mainly to good ball retention by Lenzie, although poor final passes or wrong decisions meant the scoreboard was static for the first 20 minutes. Scouller was having a good game – well supported by McManus, Cameron and captain McNeish and, from a scrum pick-up, Lenzie gained a penalty, which was put away.
Nisbet was showing up well on the Lenzie right wing. Debutant Lochead, on the left, had one good run but too often was starved of the ball. Lenzie’s pressure told on 32 minutes when good work by Williams and McWilliams put McLean over from one metre out. Scouller converted for 10-0.
The home team fought back into the game and were helped when Lenzie were reduced to 14 when Cameron was yellow-carded. In their first foray into Lenzie’s 22, Uddingston mauled over in the corner with McEwan given the try for a half-time score of 10-5.
Into the second half and when Lenzie were restored to 15 men they dominated up front.
The next score came from centre Condie who burst through near the posts to make the subsequent conversion easy. Scouller added another three points from a penalty to make it 20-5 and then Lenzie started to chase the bonus point. A good chip and chase by Nisbet gained 40m and when the hosts were penalised the alert Williams crowned a good display with a whale of a try.
The whole Lenzie team were then involved in a thrilling breakout which culminated in Craig scoring the fourth try in the left corner. The final score was 30-5. Lenzie are finding some form and will need to keep improving on Saturday when high-fliers Helensburgh visit Viewfield (kick-off 2pm).