Job Done – Garnock Secure The Points and Safety
Garnock Secure the Points and Safety
(Reported by Tom Dickson)
Lenzie Rugby Club were Garnock’s visitors at Lochshore on Saturday in their closing match of the BT West Division 1 season.
On a glorious spring afternoon, Lenzie kicked off towards the whisky bonds. The kick went straight into touch giving Garnock an attacking platform at the halfway line. Winning the scrum, the ball was fed to Rory Walker who found touch 15 metres from the Lenzie line.
Jonny Watson took the lineout ball and set the forwards up for a drive towards the try line. Only desperate defence by the visitors kept Garnock from scoring.
For the first 10 minutes the play was scrappy and littered with penalties. It was in the 11th minute that Garnock opened the scoring. From a lineout on the Lenzie 22 metre line, they won the ball, and drove to the score line. Matt Shiells was alert and pounced on the ball as it was carried over the line to score a well-worked try. Rory Walker converted to put the Valley side in front at 7 – 0.
Play restarted with Garnock in command but the Lenzie defence coped with the pressure. Tony Woods relieved the threat from Lenzie by clearing from close to his own line to the Lenzie 22 metres area. Against the put in, Garnock won the lineout and in a similar move to the first score, they drove to the try line and Shiells was again the scorer with a final powerful surge over. The conversion was missed but Garnock moved further ahead at 12 – 0 after 24 minutes.
Three minutes later, Jared Reekie pounced on a loose ball and sprinted in for Garnock’s third try from all of 50 metres. Again the conversion was missed and Garnock moved on to 17 – 0.
Garnock continued to take the play inside the Lenzie half. On one of their forays Ally Anderson charged down an attempted Lenzie clearance, gathered the ball and sped over for Garnock’s fourth, and Bonus Point , try. Keir Walker was successful with the conversion attempt to make the score 24 – 0 after 31 minutes play.
The rest of the half was played out mostly in the Lenzie half and at the break Garnock were in command at 24 – 0.
The second half began and it took only 4 minutes for Garnock to add to their score. The Lenzie No.5 was sin-binned for persistent infringing and Keir Walker converted the resulting penalty to make the score 27 – 0.
For the next quarter of an hour play swung from end to end. The only highlights for Garnock included a telling 50 metre break by Jordan Taggart, great defensive tackling by Ian Halbert, Jared Reekie and the Walker brothers.
However, the Garnock defence crumbled in the 62nd minute when the Lenzie captain, Daniel Scouller, powered over from 5 metres to score. He converted to put Lenzie on the scoreboard at 27 – 7.
Garnock scored their fifth try of the afternoon almost on the final whistle.
Reekie broke away from the Lenzie defenders near his own 22 metre line and sprinted up the left touchline. As he was about to be tackled at the Lenzie 22 line, he offloaded the ball to the supporting Anderson . He in turn used his pace to beat the cover to score his second of the day near the touchline. The conversion was narrowly missed but the score became 32 – 7 for the home squad.
This victory ensures Division 1 rugby for Garnock next season and a finishing position of seventh in the league – a fitting end to a very disjointed season.
The Garnock squad on the day was (1-19) : Ruxton, O’Neill, F.Miller, A.Miller, Watson, Reid, DR Miller, Shiells, K.Walker, R.Walker, Anderson, Taggart, Reekie, Halbert, Woods, D.Miller, Wynn, McGeachy and Irvine.