THE weather was perfect for rugby on Saturday as Lenzie RFC secured the points against Clydebank.
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Lenzie welcomed Clydebank to Viewfield on Saturday, with conditions perfect for open rugby.
The home side started positively and were rewarded with a successful McDonnell penalty after five minutes. Lenzie, although dominating possession in the first quarter, were failing to capitalise partly through unforced errors and against a resolute Clydebank defence. A chance to break out of their own half was thwarted and a turnover allowed Clydebank’s Boyd to run unchecked and open the visitors’ account.
Lenzie responded well and after Wilson kicked a penalty to the corner, a clean catch by McNeish at the line-out was followed by a concerted drive by the Lenzie forwards – culminating in Queenan forcing his way over for a try. The successful conversion put Lenzie ahead again by three points.
Clydebank then enjoyed possibly their best period in the game and were rewarded when McLintock scored his side’s second try after a great break and run by Starkey. The conversion was missed.
With the half drawing to a close the Viewfield men managed to exert pressure on the Clydebank line and, with Matier and Letford both coming close to scoring, the ball was passed wide and McWilliams exploited a gap in the stretched Clydebank defence to score his side’s second try. Another successful conversion left Lenzie 17-12 ahead at the halftime break.
The second period was barely a minute old when McDonnell’s break and chip ahead allowed the supporting McBride to gather and run in for a try which was again converted – a perfect start to the second half for the home side.
Lenzie seemed to grow in confidence and played with more control, cutting out the mistakes which had littered the first half.
Lenzie’s fourth, and bonus point, try soon followed. A strong break and run by Condie was supported by Paterson, who found the tireless Queenan whose strength took him over for the try. The Lenzie pack was in ascendancy in the set piece, often driving the Clydebank eight off their own put in, and with this dominance further tries followed.
A line-out take by McLean was fed to Queenan who burst over to complete his hat-trick and cap a fine performance from the prop.
Lenzie’s final score came in the last five minutes. A quickly-taken penalty by McCrae was latched onto by McWilliams who scored in the corner. In the final minutes another great run by Clydebank’s Boyd was thwarted by Moore’s try-saving tackle
The victory ensures fourth place in the league table for Lenzie, who play their final home game of the season against Oban Lorne on Saturday – kick-off 3pm.
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