Carrick RFC continued their recent good form as they ran in seven tries to defeat county rivals Kilmarnock 48-0 on Saturday.
The win keeps them top of the table as they get set to face second place Newton Stewart in a top of the table clash in Galloway on Saturday.
In previous years, a visit by Kilmarnock would normally have meant a defeat for Carrick sides, but its changed days with Carrick top of the league and Kilmarnock at the foot of the table.
The game was sponsored by one of the clubs major sponsors the IQA group and they were certainly served up a fine win to go with their match day hospitality.
The game was tight during the first 10 minutes and it wasn’t until captain Montgomery intercepted a pass and ran a full 60 metres did Carrick take the lead. Jardine converted. Four minutes later the Rick had scored another when Michael Kirk went over from close range to extend the Ricks lead. The boys from Bellsland realised that if they didn’t get their hands on possession then it could be a long afternoon for them and while they kept Carrick at bay for the next 15 minutes they never looked like scoring. On 30 minutes try number three was scored by Calum Smith who controlled the ball well after the pack drove forward from five metres out. The conversion was successful. Immediately from the kick off Carrick again pressed and gained a penalty for offside. Jardine converted to take the score to 22-0 with 7 minutes to go of the half. The bonus point try was secured just before half time when Lewis Clark picked up the ball from a loose kick and sprinted in from 40 metres and again the kick was successful.
The instructions at half time were clear, up the tempo, keep possession and more points would surely come!
It is safe to say the Kilmarnock coach Andy Lees must have said the same to his troops as for the next 25 minutes it was all Killie with only some heroic defence keeping them out. It wasn’t until some changes were made that Carrick seemed to wake up and Connor Wyllie scored in 67 minutes which was converted by Jardine. It was then time for the two veterans of the side; coach Brown and expectant father to be Iain Speirs to get in on the act by each scoring a try on 76 and 79 minutes respectively. This was especially pleasing as both had played together at Killie during their youth and senior rugby days. Jardine converted Browns try to take the final score to 48-0.
The team bus will leave at 10.30 from the school for Saturday’s clash against Newton Stewart and anyone wishing to go should contact any committee member.
Pickles Agriculture Man of the Match was Grant Alexander.
l The Academy 1st XV travelled to St Aloysius and came away with a 17-14 win! St Aloysius play in the National School League, the level above Carrick and for Carrick to go there and gain a first ever win against the large Glasgow private school is a fantastic achievement!