On the main pitch on Sunday at 12:30 Moray kicked off to Orkney. Orkney was dominating play in the first 15 minutes with Orkney forwards Pirie and Stout using their power to ruck out the Moray forwards, this keeping Moray in their own half.
The conversion was missed. 5-0.
Orkney were struggling to get the ball as the Moray forwards were proving to be dominant in the set piece, and to good effect to Moray they scored another try and the conversion was converted. 19-0. It was only now that Orkney started to play again.
By getting a line out on Moray’s 22 metre line, Orkney’s forwards made brilliant progress with a catch and drive right to the line but were once again held up. Moray collapsed the ruck anyway so a penalty was given to Orkney, which Chris Munson to full effect, crashed over the line. Conversion over. 19-7.
Orkney were struggling to get out of their own half, and having to defend so much strong runs from the opposition. This resulting in one last try to a very good Moray back line move that was scored in the corner. Conversion over.
Final score 36-7.
The score doesn’t reflect on how close a game it really was. Orkney had a few players missing due to holidays, but there was a big improvement from the Highland game, especially from the forwards, who put up a good contest for the opposition.
Coach Bruce Ruthven commented;
"the boys stuck in well today and contested really well in the lineout and open play but did struggle at set piece in the scrum. We were unlucky not to have two early tries in the first half which would have made a real difference to the game but credit due to Moray who used the width off the pitch well to cause our outside backs difficulty and score most of their tries. The boys play Ellon away next week so we will look forward to that.”
Match Report by Mark and Taylor.
More photos from the match can be found here.