Picky - Saturday 16th February, 2013
Orkney RFC 29, St Andrews University RFC 0
ORKNEY RFC fought hard for a bonus point win over the visiting students from St Andrews University on a Saturday afternoon of near perfect weather for rugby at Pickaquoy.
The bonus win puts Orkney fifth in the league but needing to keep piling on the points in order to keep out of the relegation zone, with all the sides below them still within touching distance due to games in hand.
Things were still all even midway through the half and then Orkney went down to 14 men as Scott Rendall was yellow carded for stamping. Orkney didn’t appear fazed by this though and they capitalised on a lineout error from the students and the Orkney forwards started their slow and steady progress up field and into the students’ 22.
St Andrews ended the first 40 minutes on the attack, but Orkney defended well and the sides turned round with no further scoring.
As Orkney first soaked up some pressure at the start of the second half, and then came at the students again, it was the turn of St Andrews to lose a man for 10 minutes as one of their second row was sin-binned.
The home side again didn’t suffer too much and continued to build attacks well through the forwards. With just over a quarter of the game to go, play came to a halt when Orkney players PJ McGrath and Bruce Ruthven were both down with leg knocks.
A bit of water and both were under way again and a penalty attempt from James Linklater soon after dropped just short.
No mistake a few minutes later though as a kick from closer to the posts sailed through the uprights to extend the lead to 17-0.
Orkney played out the final few minutes to secure a good win to take into the final three league encounters – away to Caithness on March 2, and home to Gordonians and Hillfoots on March 16 and 23 respectively.
Before that, players, supporters and guests are free to enjoy the Orkney RFC Real Ale Weekend, which runs at the Pickaquoy Clubhouse from Friday to Sunday, with a quiz, live music and plenty of live and televised rugby to keep everyone entertained. See here for full details.
More photos than you could ever want from the match can be found here, here & here.