McNaughton cup loss for battling Strathie

Strathmore Rugby Club lost out in the Mike McNaughton trophy match after a battling 22-10 loss to Gordonians at Inchmacoble.

The league encounter saw the sides battle for the trophy in honour of Mike, who had played for both teams before his untimely death a few years ago.

Gordonians had brought the trophy down the A90 with them after successfully winning it first time round and the Strathie boys were determined it was staying at Inchmacoble this time.

With a clubhouse full of sponsors and spectators the game kicked off in near perfect conditions but it was Gordonians who started better and ran in an early converted try.

Despite hard work from the Strathie forwards and a good defence Gordonians stretched their lead again before Strathmore managed to score a penalty through Stewart Ross, the hosts enjoying a 10-3 lead at half time.

With the pitch beginning to show the effects of the rain a day or two before, it was heavy going for the packs and cutting up in places however the Gordonians forwards loved the heavier ground and hit the ball up in a many-phase play before scoring a try in the far corner to extend their lead.

Strathmore made a couple of changes and the difference was instant with young Murray Mitchell coming on to score a try on his senior debut which was converted by Fraser Mackay to reduce the deficit.

Gordonians however managed to wrap the game up with a well worked forwards move late on to secure the win 22-10 and retain the Mike McNaughton trophy.

Head coach Stewart Ross said: “It was a reasonable performance against the league’s form side, the last 15 minutes were great, just a little too late to change the result in this game.”

This weekend sees the first XV host Mackie on Friday evening, kick-off 7.30 p.m. while the second XV host local rivals Stobswell on Saturday kicking off at 12 p.m.

This weekend is of course Super Saturday with the climax of the Six Nations and the club will be open for all games.

Strathie Sharks P6/7 welcomed Perth to Inchmacoble on Sunday with a few players missing due to Mother’s Day and also a couple of injuries.

The Sharks buckled their belts to play some fierce rugby, with play being tight with ruck after ruck.

Some balls were loose, but the Sharks dug deep and managed to turn the ball over an impressive 14 times during the game.

Tight play meant no fast running from the wingers, so the forwards stood up to the mark and pushed through, giving the Sharks a well deserved try.

In the second half play was fierce and again the Sharks forwards dominated the middle, and with some excellent side stepping and support play the Sharks leapt over the whitewash to score another try.

In the closing minutes the Sharks were two tries up, but Perth came back and scored with a blistering run up the sideline.

The Sharks took the kick-off and with 16 phases of play they crossed the whitewash again, giving them the win.