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Bonus Win Against Dalziel

As Reported by Tom Dickson

With only three league games remaining, Garnock entertained Dalziel Rugby Club at Lochshore last Saturday looking to repeat their Bonus Point win of last September. This they accomplished in the first forty minutes.

Garnock fielded an almost full-strength squad with only Ben Trodden and top try scorer Jared Reekie missing due to  holiday commitments.

Garnock kicked off towards the school end of Lochshore but were immediately repelled by the boot of Dalziel’s stand off Johnstone. The Garnock defence was solid and gradually the home side gained the upper hand. They pressed towards the try line by winning a couple of scrums.

In the 7th minute Keir Walker scored the opening try when he chipped the ball over the advancing Dalziel backs and won the chase to the line. He converted his try to put Garnock in front at 7 – 0.

Five minutes later Dalziel belied their lowly league position when they scored a converted try after Ally McLeod rounded off a powerful running move to score near the posts. Andy Glover converted to tie the game at 7 points each.

Play settled down for the next minutes during which the forwards, led by Matt Shiells, began to dominate the set scrums. However, Dalziel were looking dangerous when their backs had possession.

In the 25th minute Garnock scored their 100th league try of the season when Per Jacobson was the winner of a kick and chase. The conversion pushed the score to 12 – 7.

For the next 10 minutes play was confined between the two 22 metre areas with the defenders in charge. Highlights in this period saw Garnock winning most set scrums, sharing the lineouts and generally being able to cope with the Dalziel threats.

This changed in the 35th minute when Garnock were awarded a penalty 25 metres out and elected to take a scrum. Winning the set piece, Ross Johnson, fed to Keir Walker. The ball was quickly transferred to Jordan Taggart. The centre carved his way to the try line to score at the posts – Garnock in front 19 – 7.

Just before half time Dalziel fell foul of the referee and their No.6 received a yellow card and then their No.2 was red carded shortly thereafter.

On the stroke of half time Taggart was the quickest to react when he scored his second try of the game after Dalziel had fumbled the ball at a lineout. The conversion saw Garnock leading 26 – 7 at the end of the first half.

The second half started with Garnock completely dominating the game. The depleted Dalziel squad were coping quite well with the pressure but could not mount any meaningful attacks of their own.

However, they were always willing to run the ball at every occasion. Some lax tackling by Garnock allowed Dalziel to score tries in the 58th, 71st and 76th minutes of the game. All three were the result of strong running and very good backing up. Unfortunately, all three conversions were missed and the score moved to 26-22.

Sensing a chance of an upset, Dalziel continued to play an open game. This,and Garnock willing to counter attack led to the game being very free.

Firstly, Garnock were awarded a penalty 10m from the Dalziel line which Keir Walker took quickly and sprinted over. Keir converted and in the final move of the game Rory Walker took a quick 22m drop out to himself before feeding the forwards. The ball passed through numerous hands before Keir Walker sprinted home unopposed from 40m for Garnock’s 6th try. With the conversion successful the final score was Garnock 40 Dalziel 22.

This victory may not have been Garnock’s finest performance but a Bonus Point win when not playing well speaks volumes for the squad.

Garnock’s next game is against East Kilbride on Saturday 6th April at Calderglen Country Park, East Kilbride with a 3 o’clock kick-off.

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