Mar 29 2012 by Stephen Lowson, Blairgowrie Adv
Mark Reddin wins the line-out for Blairgowrie
WITH Blairgowrie’s last RBS Caledonia League game of season against Carnoustie RFC scheduled for Saturday, April 14, Stobswell RFC agreed to come to the J. J. Coupar Recreation Park for a friendly on Saturday.
A number of regular first team players were unavailable which allowed a number of fringe players to play a full game against a very much improved Stobswell team.
The home side went into an early lead with Mark Reddin driving over in the corner, but the lead was short lived when Stobswell went over for a converted try after some poor defending by the Blairgowrie backs.
With both teams playing some enterprising rugby Michael Black broke through the Stobswell defence and when he was stopped short of the try line Mark Reddin was again on hand to secure the ball and drive over for his second try, ably converted by David Allan. Half-time - Blairgowrie 12, Stobswell 7.
Playing conditions were near perfect and the sun shining on the J. J. Coupar Recreation Park when Blairgowrie opened the scoring in the second half after Michael Black broke through a number of tackles, his perseverance being rewarded with a well taken try, converted by Stuart Simpson.
Blairgowrie continued to play some good rugby with Ewen Morrison, Alan Clarke, and Stuart Simpson all making excellent breaks, but unfortunately possession was lost too often to the opposition.
Midway through the half Blairgowrie’s fourth try was scored in the corner by Stevie Stewart after Davie Grieve was stopped just short of the try line following an excellent individual break. David Allan once again superbly converted from the touch line.
Stobswell responded with a well taken try but almost from the restart Davie Grieve again rampaged his way through the Stobswell defence with Mark Reddin on hand once again to retrieve the ball and drive over the line for his hat-trick of tries.
Final score - Blairgowrie 31, Stobswell 12.
“Following the match captain for the day Michael Black thanked Stobswell for a good game,” reports rugby correspondent Duncan MacRae. “Thanks were also relayed to match sponsors John Cunningham of Cunningham’s Carpets, Ralph Donaldson for preparing lunch for the sponsors, and Gordon Black and Gavin Wynd for manning the bar.
“Man of the match points were awarded to Cameron Gray 1 point, Stuart Simpson 2 points, and David Allan 3 points and the man of the match.”
This weekend a squad of 30 Blairgowrie players and guests make their way to Belfast where they will play Malone RFC on Saturday (March 31). All tourists are asked to be at the clubhouse on Friday morning at 8am prompt.