Roaring Forties Blow Rams Off Course

It was a prefect day for running rugby as the Rams kicked off against Carrick, on their first visit to the Holm.  The initial encounters ebbed and flowed as each side tried to gain the upper hand.  Moffat opened the scoring with a penalty by Graeme Gemmell and the visitors responded with a penalty of their own a few minutes later.  Moffat did not look as assured on the ball as their opponents despite a few probing runs by the back division.  The Ayrshire side took the lead with a converted try and consolidated this with two penalties before half – time to turn 3-16 ahead.

After the re-start Carrick played with more confidence than the Rams and were turning over possession and capitalising on the abundant supply of ball.  The home side conceded another penalty under pressure and then the visitors turned the screw and scored three more converted tries in the space of twelve minutes as the Rams mounted desperate defence on their own goal line  This stretched Carrick’s lead to 3 - 40 with ten minutes to go.

This onslaught stung the Rams to more decisive action as pride took over and they started to play with more self belief and were rewarded with a well taken try by Gordon Dinwoodie, converted by Greame Gemmell with the last kick of the game.  This heavy defeat stunned the Rams and they must shake it off for their visit to Cowal on Saturday.