Carrick rugby kick off league season with a win

Stephen Raby
Stephen Raby

Over the past few years Carrick have found Lenzie difficult opposition so much so that the Rick lost at Viewfield last season.

However the Carrick squad were in no mood to be so charitable this time and after a tight first 30 minutes they scored eight tries to start their league campaign off in fine style winning 44-15

Playing into the wind the Rick struggled to gain any possession in the first five minutes and from a needless penalty the Lenzie 12 kicked the ball between the posts to give them a 3-0 lead. This seemed to waken up the Carrick pack who then started punching holes in the Lenzie defence and after a nice blindside move Yan Young scored his first try of the day. The conversion was missed. The Carrick pack dominated for the next 15 minutes however the Lenzie defence held firm until player coach Gordon Brown dived over for his sides second try. The conversion was again missed. Carrick then gave Lenzie a chance to get into the game however two missed penalties saw Carrick remain in control. At this point a needless kick from Lenzie found flying winger John Dewar who raced past three defenders to score under the posts; the conversion was successful to take Carrick into a well-deserved 3-17 HT lead.

The coaches once again reminded the players of the importance of doing the basics well and during the second half the Carrick pack lead by Stephen Raby dominated the breakdown and with Raby and Gregor in particular having outstanding matches further tries came from Ross McCulloch, Gordon Gregor, Ewan Alexander and two from Hooker Yan Young left the Carrick support delighted with their teams efforts. Lenzie never gave up and scored well deserved tries themselves with the scoreboard showing 15-44 at full time.

This was a very pleasing performance and the coaches left believing that many sides will struggle to win at Lenzie over the season, so to win and get the try bonus point was a notable achievement.

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The Second XV produced their best performance of the year also picking up a winning bonus point by defeating Hillhead/Jordanhill 2nd XV 36-17 at the school field. The performances of veterans such as Cammy Pollock, Willie Wyllie and James Adams certainly helped our youngsters show what they can do and this win pushes the 2nd XV up into the top half of the table after three games.

This Saturday the 1st XV are back on Shield duty as they travel to Allan Glens while the 2’s travel to league leaders West of Scotland. The 1st XV kick off at 2.30 pm while the 2’s KO at 2pm.