Carrick RFC ultimately ran out 26-5 winners against Cambuslang on Saturday but the performance left the coaches admitting there is much to work on, writes Gordon Brown.
Five changes were made from the side that won the BT Shield tie against Allan Glens the previous week to face the newly promoted team.
Carrick started the game well playing expansive rugby but couldn’t find a final pass which allowed the home side to come into the game and create chances of their own.
However a fantastic Carrick line break on 15 minutes saw Connor Wyllie open the scoring with Blair Jardine adding the conversion. Cambuslang came back into the game immediately with their inside centre causing Carrick problems and with a move through the midfield, Cambuslang’s centre was able to score a try but the conversion was missed.
The game was evenly matched but Carrick’s power in the pack was rewarded with a second try of the match when Michael Paton went over after a catch and drive from a lineout.
Jardine’s conversion made it 14-5 in Carrick’s favour at the break.
The Carrick coaches weren’t best pleased with the team at half time though and urged them to keep more of the ball.
That message seemed to have been adhered to with the team playing with more intensity but the players were starting to get frustrated at the referee’s decisions.
Too many penalties meant Carrick went down to 14 men but with the coaches making three changes the team settled down.
The last 20 minutes saw two well worked tries, firstly from Lewis Clark and then from Michael Kirk.
One was converted by Jardine to give the final score 26-5 to Carrick. Overall the objective of a four try bonus point win was achieved but the coaches know they’ll need to play a whole lot better when they face Allan Glens in the league on Saturday at Maybole. Kick off for that match is at 2pm.
Pickles Agricultural man of the match was Michael Paton.
On Saturday morning Carrick once again put out 7 sides against St Columba’s School. While results didn’t go their way many of the games were tight and this shows the continued progress of the Carrick junior sides.
It was especially pleasing to see so many parents, volunteers, players and coaches out helping in the one morning.
This weekend the S1, S2, U15 and U16 teams will play Lenzie Academy.
It was another successful week for girls rugby in the Carrick area with the Carrick Academy U15 A’s and B sides winning both their tournaments on Wednesday and Girvan Academy also fielding two sides.
If that wasn’t enough both schools fielded U18 sides at the same tournament.
This Wednesdays tournament takes place at Girvan Academy and it is hoped once again to see six sides competing from the Carrick area alone.