LENZIE RFC entered 2013 with a smile on their faces after winning a cracking encounter.
West League Division 2
After a five-week enforced break caused by the weather, Lenzie played their last game of 2012 on Saturday when they entertained league leaders Stewartry.
In the earlier fixture at Castle Douglas, Lenzie had gained a narrow win and they knew the ‘Blacks’ would be out for revenge. The teams served up a hard, but fair contest helped by referee McQuarrie from Clydebank.
On a soft pitch Lenzie made use of the light breeze and exerted most of the pressure for the first 15 minutes – a half-break by McWilliams being snuffed out was their best chance.
After an ambitious penalty attempt by Morrison fell short his fellow half-back Brodie converted an easier chance on 20 minutes to give the home side a 3-0 lead.
This was after a good pickup and break by Queenan who was welcomed back from injury by being given the no. 8 slot.
The score stung the visitors into action and they fought their way into the home half – only kept out by good tackles by Matier and Brown.
They continued to attack well, but were denied by desperate defence after some telling runs by their fullback, Muir. Unfortunately for them their kicker was having an off-day and several Lenzie transgressions went unpunished. A good clearance by Cameron for Lenzie brought the welcome sound of the half-time whistle to the home side.
Both coaches rallied their troops at the break and George Breckenridge’s words had a good effect on his charges as Lenzie upped their effort and battered their way upfield.
A long-range penalty attempt by Ferguson went close and, as it was knocked back over the goal line, Lenzie were awarded a 5m scrum. The pack managed to gain a slight advantage over sturdy opponents, but were held up twice in their efforts to score. However patience told and from another scrum Brodie fed the ball to McCrae on the left and the youngster touched down after a scary juggle.
A super conversion by Ferguson made it 10-0 with 45 minutes gone. Lenzie received the kick-off well and again made ground through the forwards where Coskry, Letford and Moore were prominent. They then unfortunately lost Brett to injury, replaced by McAslan.
Stewarty came back into the game and were rewarded by a penalty scored by Muir on the hour mark. A further penalty was kicked to the corner, but their scoring effort from the line-out was thwarted by a great tackle by McManus.
Stewartry repeated this tactic and got their reward as they spun the ball from right to left and winger Fingland slid in at the corner. Muir missed the difficult kick. The score was now 10-8 with 15 minutes to go – and what a 15 minutes.
Both teams went for the win and fought hard in attack and defence. Lenzie had fallen off a few tackles in the first half, but – led by the example of captain Morrison – they improved this aspect for the remaining period.
They had a chance when a long return kick by Ferguson was chased by Cameron, but he narrowly failed to make the touch-down.With the wind increasing in Stewartry’s favour the Lenzie back three, bolstered by Brodie, made some good returns and then the home pack ground their way into the visitors’ half with good variation of short drives near the rucks and mauls. A penalty to Lenzie was kicked to touch and from the resultant line-out and scrum they went for a pushover, but were denied by the silly error of poor binding in the back row.
With a minute to go Stewarty then went for the gamble of a chip, but the ball was gathered by the ample frame of Condie who, after he got over the shock, ambled over near the posts. The simple conversion made it 17-8 and denied the visitors even a losing bonus point which was the least their play deserved.
Lenzie showed some rustiness from the effect of the enforced lay-off and need to continue their training efforts before meeting Clydebank (away) on Saturday. Kick-off at 2pm.
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