The power of three

Whitecraigs outmuscled experienced Falkirk last Saturday.
Whitecraigs outmuscled experienced Falkirk last Saturday.

WITH the ailing fortunes of Scotland’s national team no secret, the trio of local rugby teams provided much needed relief for rugby fans from the southside.

While Cartha picked up a tight 9-6 win against Dumfries, both GHA and Whitecraigs were on try scoring form.

After last week’s demolition by Biggar, Craigs knew a win against Falkirk was essential to maintain any hope of a top four finish.

The boys from West Lodge stepped up to the task, securing a bonus point against the experienced side.

Craigs were 9-0 down after a slow start but began their fight back with a score from enigmatic half back Ally Stevenson, who converted his own try.

The visitors then turned a two-point deficit into a three-point lead thanks to a barraging run from Ross MacDonald, who used his power to cross the line.

After the break, veteran Stewart Magorian struck first with a try against the grain of a Falkirk onslaught, Stevenson then added a penalty to make the score 22-9.

Although Falkirk scored through Jonny Hope, Craigs secured the vital bonus point thanks to Fraser Campbell’s try. Stevenson added another penalty to make the final score 32-16 for the visitors.

This weekend, Craigs hope to outmuscle a Glasgow Hawks side who suffered defeat at the hands of Hawick on Saturday.

The RBS west cup match kicks off at 3pm at Old Anniesland.

GHA opened the game with a stunning opening 20 minutes, where the Braidholm side simply overwhelmed the opposition.

Hefin O’Hare struck first when he scooped a wayward pass to dance his way through the Dalziel defence and score under the posts. Jamie Pinder added a second soon after.

It was former Warriors back O’Hare who grabbed GHA’s third try when he scored from a planned move off a scrum.

GHA’s dominance stopped there however as Dalziel scored three penalties before the end of the half to bring the score to 17-9.

The Braidholm side felt aggrieved when flanker Alan Auld was judged to have been handling on the wrong side of the ruck and was sent to the bin.

However, Dalziel could not capitalise and Andrew Henderson managed to score while GHA had just 14 men.

Former stand-off Auld made his presence felt when he returned to the pitch, breaking on the right wing before releasing fly half Tane Jericevich with a clever offload for the final score. GHA — who are without a game this weekend — are now third in the premier three table after their 29-12 win. Fifth place Cartha will host Ardrossan on Saturday.