Crieff & Strathearn Make The Point

Crieff & Strathearn 22, Kinross 21 
This match at the Braidhaugh concluded the opening half of the Caledonian Hydro Electric Division One fixtures. With the visitors starting to show form and the Blue and Golds the epitome of inconsistency, pundits were at something of a loss to forecast the outcome. Kinross have had wins over Garioch, Aberdeen Uni and Madras – all teams which have defeated the Braidhaugh Boys in competition. With South African stand off Neels Nieuwenhuis unavailable and Jamie Coffey calling off with flu, Coach Enslin revamped his squad with full back Craig Wishart moving to stand off, Gordon Innes to full back and Michael Hazzard to the left wing. On the plus side was the return of Donald Kinross at centre to partner Rowan Mackintosh. In cold but windless conditions, it was the Blue and Golds who made the spectacular start. From the kick off Crieff took possession and spun the ball out wide. Donald Kinross showing his awareness scythed through the defence into open prairie and galloped over to touch down after less than a minute gone! With Craig Wishart’s conversion safely goaled it was a seven-point lead. The visitors were soon into the game and using their considerable physical advantage in the scrum to attempt to dominate possession at close quarters. The home front row as always punched above their weight and with Horan propped by Leger and Frogley more than holding their own, it was an encouraging start. With Crieff pinned in their own half, Haggart was penalised for not staying on his feet and the ensuing penalty reduced the lead to 7 –3.

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