LENZIE RFC’s senior squad travelled to Burnbrae on Saturday to take part in a pre-season tournament organised by West Of Scotland.
It was a good day and the West pitches were in decent condition despite earlier downpours. The round robin format gave each of the eight teams four games of 20 minutes and Lenzie kicked off against local rivals Allan Glen’s.
Glens attacked from the start and Lenzie had to defend well to keep them out. Lenzie gradually came more in to the game and Morrison and McDonnell kicked well to get them into their opponents’ half. Lenzie ignored a penalty chance, but won the game soon after with a dropped goal from Morrison.
Next up were hosts, West 2nds who looked a good outfit. West got the first try when Lenzie stole a line out, but West pounced on the the loose ball. This spurred Lenzie on and a good attack from McAslan and Knight resulted in a try from the latter. With the game even Lenzie fielded a loose ball and it was whipped through six pairs of hands for Nisbet to score the clinching try.
Cumbernauld were the next opponents and Lenzie attacked from the start. Nisbet claimed two more tries before forwards Derrick and Coskry broke for Coskry to score. A late consolation try for Cumbernauld made the final score 19-5.
These three wins took Lenzie into the final against Helensburgh who were their bogey team from last season. Lenzie started well and took the lead with another try from Nisbet after a great charge-down by Cameron, playing his last game for the club before departing for a new job in England. The conversion was missed and Helensburgh attacked from the restart and took the lead with a converted try for 7-5.
As time ticked away a successful penalty by Morrison gave them an 8-7 lead. With the game going into injury time Helensburgh attacked and were held out by stout Lenzie defence. As time was up Helensburgh were apparently bundled into touch at the corner, but the referee awarded the try and Helensburgh claimed the victory.
This was a promising display by Lenzie and allowed the younger players to gain valuable experience against varying styles of play.
The season proper kicks off on Saturday with a Shield game away at Cumbernauld – kick-off 3pm.
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