Strathie suffer heavy defeat in the Highlands

Strathmore first XV headed up the A9 to Inverness on Saturday to play the reverse of last weekend’s game at Inchmacoble.

The ‘men in black’ were hoping to avenge their defeat last week at home in the cup, but this time with league points to play for it was going to be a tough trip up to the Highlands.

With matches falling by the wayside all over the country and roads closed with flooding due to Storm Desmond it was surprising that the Highlands pitch was playable.

Strathmore started brightly in the horrendous wet and windy conditions.

However, Strathie couldn’t find that elusive try to give them the upper hand.

As happened last week it was the Highlanders who opened the scoring after a scrappy 20 minutes of play. Highlands’ back line were on fine form running with ball and offloading to great effect running up a comfortable 19-0 lead at half time.

Again the Strathie coaches rang changes at half-time to freshen things up.

A ‘young and sprightly’” John Westwood came out of retirement to play second row and Head Coach Stewart Ross came on at stand off to stabilise the Blacks’ young starting line up.

With some resilient defending and a never give up attitude Strathmore managed to thwart a few marauding Highland attacks but it wasn’t enough to prevent to home team running in a 50 points to nil victory.

Lee Alexander was Strathmore’s man of the match for a second week in a row and first team manager Mark Feighan commented: “It was a tough shift for the young lads playing against a much bigger team. Credit due to them though for never giving up.”

Disappointingly both the Gryphons and U18s’ games were called off due to flooded pitches.The U18s are now due to play Dundee Eagles this weekend at home, kicking off at 1pm.

The 1st XV are also home to Hillfoots kicking off at 2pm and the 2nd XV, the Gryphons, play against Alloa at Montrose, also kicking off
at 2pm.