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Garnock in Five Try Victory

(As reported by Tom Dickson)

Garnock travelled the short distance to take on local rivals, Irvine, last Saturday on a glorious sunny day with some of their rugby matching the weather.

Garnock kicked off but it was the home side who were dominant in the first exchanges. They gathered the kick-off and drove into the Garnock half only to be repulsed by a Chris Neill clearance.

On the 5 minute mark Garnock were awarded a penalty for a high tackle 30 metres out and at the touchline. Keir Walker’s kick narrowly missed. The young scrum half, however, opened the scoring when Irvine illegally stopped a Garnock drive. He goaled the penalty from 20 metres to make it 0 – 3 in Garnock’s favour.

This score boosted Garnock’s play and for the next ten minutes they came more into the game with Rory Walker clearing his lines and sending the Irvine attacks back into their own half. From one such kick to touch 35 metres from the Irvine line, Jonny Watson and his pack, won the lineout. The ball was fed through the backs via the two Walkers on to Jared Reekie and Jordan Taggart. Both gained metres before releasing Fraser Brocket who rounded his opponent to score a well-deserved try near the touchline. The conversion was missed but Garnock moved further ahead at 0 – 8 after 19 minutes.

Garnock now began to play the better rugby and spent the next ten minutes in the Irvine half. During this period any Irvine threats were cancelled out by the tackling of Stuart Wilson and David R Miller with

Rory Walker again pushing Irvine back with long touch kicks.

From a maul 20 metres from the Irvine line, Garnock drove forward, released the ball to Wilson who stormed over for Garnock’s second try well out. The conversion was missed and Garnock moved on to a fifteen point lead after 29 minutes.

The remainder of the half continued as before with the Garnock defence always able to counteract any Irvine attack. Garnock were reduced to fourteen just before the break when their flanker was yellow carded by referee Summers.

Eight minutes into the second half and Irvine were on the scoreboard when their stand off McMillan converted a penalty award from 25 metres. He repeated the dose six minutes later to bring Irvine closer at 6 – 15 after Garnock were caught offside 20 metres from their own line.

This reversal brought out the best Garnock passage of the game so far. They began to string several passages of good play together. The forwards began to dominate the set plays and the loose. It was no surprise to the Garnock supporters when Ally Anderson rounded of a move involving all the threequarters to score a superb try well out. Keir Walker

Converted, 56 minutes played and Garnock were well ahead at 6 – 22.

Play became ragged for the following fifteen minutes centered mainly around the mid-field. Garnock were still able to pick off the sporadic Irvine attacks, Walker was still repelling Irvine with his accurate line kicking and Garnock continued to dominate the line outs.

In the 75th minute Garnock scored their Bonus Point try. With Irvine showing signs of tiring, Garnock won a set scrum near the half way line, Wilson broke left, gained several yards and fed to Keir Walker. The scrum half outpaced the cover defence to score mid-way out. He converted and Garnock went further in front at 6 – 27.

With time running out the Garnock forwards again won a scrum against the head and fed the ball to the backs. Still full of running, they passed along the line through four sets of hands to give Brocket a run-in for his second try of the day. Keir Walker rounded of his day by converting the touch-down to make the final score 6 – 34 to Garnock.

The Garnock squad was (1-19) : John Miller, Luke Wynn, Matt Shiells, Jonny Watson, Lewis McGeachy, Graeme Reid, David R Miller, Stuart Wilson, Keir Walker, Rory Walker, Fraser Brocket, Jared Reekie, Jordan Taggart, Ally Anderson, Chris Neill, Danny Irvine, Alan Miller, David Miller and Joe Chapman.

After the game, Coach Gavin Blackburn said, “At times we played to our structure and this allowed us to put Irvine under pressure and create opportunities to hurt them. Again, that’s two weeks in a row in which we haven’t conceded a try. That speaks volumes about how hard our players are working in defence. Our discipline needs to improve and this is something that we will look at this week to reduce our penalty count.

I was delighted with how we kept playing and that is testament to our conditioning levels and, in turn, allowing us to get two tries toward the end of the game. We look forward to hosting Kilmarnock at Lochshore next Saturday (a 3 o’clock kick-off.)

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