BT National League Division 3
Newton Stewart - Saturday 11th November 2017
NEWTON STEWART 27, ORKNEY 13
On Saturday 11 November, Orkney RFC travelled to Newton Stewart, the furthest South you can go in National 3.
As expected we encountered an onslaught of pressure from the off from N/Stewart. The Orkney defence was resolute and did not fold under the massive pressure put on them, and 25 minutes into the 1st half Danny Bain stepped up and slotted a 3 pointer.
This did kick Newton Stewart into a higher gear but our defence still didn't break until minute 35 when they scored two wide out tries which were not converted, halftime score 10-3 to Newton Stewart
The 2nd half started as the 1st and Newton Stewart scored 3 more tries in the first 15 of the 2nd half.
Orkney came to life with some great phase play and deprived the ball from Newton Stewart and the last 25 minutes belonged to Orkney, we literally blasted our opposition away and they couldn't stay with us in the middle third of the field. Orkney kicked the corners, played rugby in the right areas and controlled everything.
Then Scott Russell scored in the right corner and 10 minutes later Alistair Linklater scored another 15 metres right of the posts. We also had a potential try disallowed which could have been a bonus for us but alas the referee was unsighted.
Orkney finished the match on a huge high and discovered how good they actually are and that they are able to give everything to get what's required to win a game in the future.
Final score: Newton Stewart 27 - Orkney RFC 13
Some great individual performances from Danny Bain, Robbie Firth, Taylor Pilkington-Tait and man of the match Mark Sinclair to mention a few as I could basically say everyone one from 1-18 put a huge shift in especially with the travel and commitment.
So a huge thank you to everyone included in this match from the committee and myself.
A huge 2 weeks gents coming up, yes no league games but this doesn't mean we stop training. We have a lot to do to keep moving forward I need numbers to turn up on all training sessions.
If we have the numbers the guys that will be playing in the 2XV fixtures coming up will have a chance to get their heads round how we are playing now, plus this puts pressure on the boys who have the shirts just now - the shirts are there for the taking if you think you deserve it.
See you at training gents
Tues KGS 7:30 start, bring warm gear.
Thurs KGS 6:00 start, please try to be sharp so we use the full 1.5 hrs.
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