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Garnock Lose to League Leaders

(Reported by Tom Dickson)

Garnock travelled to East Kilbride in their latest quest for league points but came up against a well-structured East Kilbride squad. Overall they were unlucky not to get at least a Losing Bonus Point.

Garnock kicked off in beautiful sunny conditions on a pitch made for running rugby. Play was even for the first part of the game and after 9 minutes Keir Walker converted a penalty to put Garnock in front at 0 – 3.

For the next 15 minutes both sides swapped territory but defences remained intact.

During this period, scrums were going with the put-ins but EK were winning most line-outs. Garnock’s Luke Wynn was prominent in his powerful breaks from loose mauls, Rory Walker was as accurate as ever with his line kicking and a Jared Reekie/Tony Woods combination almost scored in the corner.

However, it was EK who scored when Bert Blackwood goaled a penalty in the 27th minute. This was followed by a try from the EK flanker Roddy Beaton who scored near the posts in the 29th minute after some poor Garnock tackling. The conversion was missed and the score was 8 – 3 to the home side.

Ten minutes later the same player was on hand to round off, possibly the best movement of the game so far, to score halfway out. Again the conversion was missed and the score moved on to 13 – 3.

With time running out in the half and Garnock attacking the EK line, Rory Walker elected to crosskick the ball to the right wing. Tony Woods fielded and fed Jared Reekie who forced his way over at the touchline for a well-worked try. The conversion was missed. The referee blew for half time and the score was 13 – 8 to East Kilbride.

At the restart, East Kilbride showed why they are at the top of the table with some powerful running and rucking. The Garnock defence held tight but the EK replacement, Chris McLellan was given a free run in to score their third try in the 55th minute. Blackwood converted to make it 20 – 8 for East Kilbride.

This score seemed to settle EK and they began to dominate proceedings and after Garnock were reduced to 14 due to a Sin Binning for multiple offences they scored their Bonus Point try when scrum half Aiden Stott darted over from close range. The seemingly easy conversion was missed and the score became 25 – 8 after 61 minutes play.

For the next 10 minutes Garnock were dominant. They mounted wave after wave of forward drives but were always stopped short by a dogged EK defence,

In the 67th minute of the game EK were reduced to 14 when their No 4 was yellow carded for dangerous play.

In the 72nd minute the pack were rewarded when Matt Shiells powered over for a try. The difficult conversion was missed but Garnock were closer at 25 – 13.

For the remainder of the play Garnock pinned the East Kilbride inside their own half. The Garnock forwards were now dominating the set scrums. They were winning most of the lineouts but the tiring EK defence were able to keep Garnock from scoring to at least get a Bonus Point from the game.

The game ended with East Kilbride winning 25 – 13 but Garnock showed that they will be a force to reckon with in the coming months.

Next week Allan Glen’s are the visitors to Lochshore with a 3 o’clock kick off scheduled.

The Garnock squad were (1-18): John Miller, Luke Wynn, Matt Shiells, Jonny Watson, L.McGeachy, David R Miller, Graeme Reid, Stuart Wilson, Keir Walker, Rory Walker, Tony Woods, Ally Anderson, Jared Reekie, Fraser Brocket, Chris Neill, David McNair, Allan Miller and David Miller.

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