Lanark Rugby Club had a convincing victory on Saturday over Arran. Earning a bonus point in their 25 - 12 win, they now replace Arran at the top of the RBS West Division 4 league.
Conditions overhead were ideal, but a heavy dew made for a slippery ball and handling errors too often broke up some promising moves. Saturday seen the first outing of Lanark’s new strips; a reverse of their normal gold and blue. Kindly sponsored by Kwik-Fit Insurance.
Lanark started strongly with the forwards in charge and making good ground. Arran’s backs seldom saw the ball in the first quarter. Pressure near their line saw Declan Moore cross for Lanark’s opening try. An Iain Hughes penalty put Lanark 8 points up, but an Arran converted try narrowed this to 8 – 7. Winger Markis McKaig chasing a long kick ahead, caught the defence flat footed to score, but Arran countered immediately to narrow the score to 13 – 12 at half time.
On the restart Lanark had most of the pressure and some slick handling through the backs gave Rhuaraidh McLatchie an opening for a try. Minutes later Euan Scott crossed at the corner flag but the referee ruled that it was in touch. Markis McKaig who is fast adding to his try count this season scored his second, earning the vital bonus point. Hughes’ conversion completed the score line.
Well done to Lanark’s Man of the Match Alistair Thompson.
This result gives Lanark a 3 point lead in the league. They’ll want to build on this when they meet Cowal at the racecourse on Saturday. The KO is at 2pm unless Cowal request an earlier time to suit their travelling commitments. To keep up to date with kick off time and all the other news at the club visit their website