Moffat 26 Uddingston 8

Uddingston arrived at The Holm with great expectations and a 100% record to date. With 3 minutes of the first half left, this optimism seemed well placed as a well drilled side put Moffat under intense pressure, and led by a penalty scored in the opening exchanges, and an unconverted try.

With the oranges within touching distance the Rams won possession on the visitors’ 22 metre line. Quick ball was shipped through several hands and Michael Lockhart set the home crowd alight with a searing break, shaking of several tackles to touch down under the posts .The scorer converted and a visible wilting in the ranks of Uddingston saw the half time break arrive with the Rams 8-7 ahead.

Clint Smith and a jet lagged Scott Galloway replaced Stuart Morrison and Jonny Little who had both put in a good shift in the first period.

The balance of power shifted and the Moffat pack took a grip, particularly in the scrums.

Galloway nestled comfortably between Stuart Jack and Scott Borthwick and, driven by the propulsion unit of Jamie McDowall and Asher Wilson, made a real mess of the opponents set piece.

A searing attack saw the Rams launch a formidable assault on the Uddingston line and swift handling saw Trevor Newport held up, support was on hand from the rumbustuous Landles who fed a gallivanting Scott Borthwick for a well deserved try and a 12-8 lead.

The visitors, tried to respond but the Rams repelled all boarders, and the back row of Polly Smith, Matt Wennington and Andrew Little all excelled.

Possession from a lineout saw Calum Jardine launch his backs and a trademark break saw Davy Scott fed by his co-centre for a superb try which the ubiquitous Lockhart converted.

With their tails up, so to speak, the Rams piled more pressure on the now defeated visitors. Andrew Little rounded off a great afternoons work with a try of his own. Lockhart converted and ,despite a huge effort, Uddingston could not add to their tally.

The final score at 26-8 was a well deserved reward for the Rams and in particular for the coaches who can now see results from the training ground bearing fruit on the pitch.

It is early in the season to be predicting great things but watch this space!