Moffat 26 Cowal 3
The visitors from the Peninsula started well and indeed it was Cowal who drew first blood after a period of pressure with a well-taken penalty.
Moffat took twenty minutes to respond with a try by Michael Lockhart establishing a lead of 5-3.
An unfamiliar Rams line-up saw a back three comprising Calum Jardine flanked by wingers Jamie Smart and Neil McGill. A new centre pairing saw Graham Gemmill and Stuart Murray linking up with the ever-effective Lockhart at stand off.
The Rams pack won a steady supply of possession all day allowing Graham McGregor freedom to feed his backs with alacrity. A cricket score was a distinct possibility and was prevented only by a stubborn opponent and a severe out break of ‘doigt de beurre’ among the Rams flyers.
Scott Galloway packed down between Jonny Little and Kenny Chicken who put in a formidable shift before being replaced after an hour.
Scott Borthwick and Asher Wilson provided the grunt from second row while Matt Wennington steered the ship from number eight.
The flankers for the day saw a huge contrast with Stuart Jack, now one of the elder statesmen and the very impressive Leon Kirk completing the line up on his senior debut.
With tails up the Rams extended the lead to 12-3 when Stuart Jack fed the ever-reliable Michael Lockhart on halfway and he romped in for a converted try.
A purple patch then ensued when the Rams pack completely dominated. Possession won on the Cowal 22 was whisked to the home backs. Graham Gemmill put in a pinpoint cross kick and Neil McGill leapt like a salmon to pluck the ball out of the sky and sear over for a converted ‘Try off the telly’!
The expected second half blitz was limited to a well deserved try by Stuart Jack who took a quick penalty and bludgeoned his way over for the bonus point try which was made up to seven by Graham Gemmill.
Moffat subs for the day were Clint Smith who was used sparingly and Adam Murray, who arrived very late, entered the fray for a minute and then left again after putting in a tackle even later than he was!
Special mention must go to Leon Kirk who put in a flawless performance on his debut.
Next week sees another home game when Moffat entertain Arran.