Garnock In Seventeen Try Match
Garnock in Seventeen Try Match
As reported by Tom Dickson
On Saturday an injury-hit Garnock travelled to Cambuslang in their return league match with the local side. Having easily defeated Cambuslang earlier in the season at Lochshore expectations were high. The match was remarkable for several reasons.
A total of 111 points were scored, 17 tries were scored, both squads gained a bonus try point and Garnock conceded six tries to their opponents.
The game started with Garnock looking the faster and more organised squad refreshed from their three-week break. It was no surprise when they opened the scoring after 7 minutes play when Joe Chapman touched down near the posts after Garnock had won a scrum and drove towards the score line. The powerful hooker burst clear and evaded the cover defence. Keir Walker converted to put Garnock in the lead at 0 – 7.
The next 21 minutes saw a further five converted tries being scored.
In the 11th minute the Cambuslang stand-off evaded several tackles to score at the posts with a mazy 30 metre run. The left winger converted and the score was tied at 7 points each.
Two minutes later Cambuslang took the lead when they again took advantage of slack Garnock cover for the centre to score close to the posts. The conversion was good and the score became 14 – 7.
Garnock became the dominant side and scored four tries through Keir Walker and Jared Reekie with Keir converting three of the tries.
First it was Keir in the 15th minute when he intercepted a poor Cambuslang pass and scored at the posts to tie the scores.
21 minutes on the watch and Jordan Taggart broke away in his own, out-paced the cover, drew in the full back and released Reekie who ran in Garnock’s third try. The successful conversion made the score 14 – 21 to Garnock.
At the 28-minute mark Garnock were awarded a penalty, elected for a scrum and with the scrummage duly won Walker picked up and dodged his way to the line. Again, the conversion made the score 14 – 28 an the Try Bonus point secured.
On the half-hour mark, Reekie scored again after some powerful rumbling work by Matt Shiells and Lewis McGeachy. The conversion was missed and the score became 14 – 33.
From the restart Cambuslang, powered their way well into the Garnock half and gained a penalty. The penalty was taken quickly and the centre scored near the touchline. The conversion was missed, the scored moved to 19-33, the watch showed 32 minutes played and half-time was approaching.
However, neither side was giving up and each managed more scoring before the whistle. Per Jacobson scored after 35 minutes when he sped through a gap after some very good handling by the Garnock backs. Walker converted to make the score 19 – 40.
The Cambuslang right winger then showed that his speed matched that of the Garnock winger as he sped in for his second in the 38th minute. The conversion was missed and the score became 24 – 40.
With the last play of the half Garnock were awarded a penalty and chose to kick for touch. The five- metre lineout was won by Johnny Watson, transferred to the pack and the drive engaged. Matt Shiells picked up from the base and powered over half way to the touchline. Walker converted, the referee blew for half-time and the score was 24 – 47.
The second half continued as before with a further six tries being scored.
Jordan Taggart showed how much he had been missed through injury when he picked up a loose pass and sped past floundering defenders to score at the posts. Walker converted this the 12th try of the game and the score was 24 – 54.
Garnock’s next score came in the 55th minute when McGeachy was on hand to dot down after some great foraging work by the forwards. The conversion as Garnock moved further ahead at 24 – 59.
The leeway was reduced as Cambuslang scored two converted tries in the 62nd and 69th minutes either side of a Garnock try by Jacobson converted by Walker in the 64th minute.
At this time the score was 38 – 66 and time running out. There was still time for Garnock to add to their total with another converted try to make the final score Cambuslang 38 points Garnock 73 points.
Next Saturday 23rd, Garnock travel to Bishopbriggs to take on second placed Allan Glen’s in a league encounter.