Bannockburn continued their fine league form with a win over a well-drilled Crieff & Strathearn side.
The Burn scored after just ten minutes through versatile No. 8 Mark Hunter. The Crieff side were penalised on the wing less than 10 metres from the tryline – Hunter took a quick tap and ran over for the opening try.
From the restart, the Bannockburn team continued to apply pressure and increased their advantage through a David Grainey penalty after a cynical foul.
The Bannockburn forwards were working well as a unit, with Hunter in particular showing fine form. A solid Burn scrum saw Shaw, Alexander and Conway make excellent ground into the Crieff half, only for a maul to be turned over.
Straight from the training ground
A well-practiced routine saw Bannockburn centre Sandy Dove bursting through the traps, only to be stopped short a couple of metres from the tryline. In support was the omniscient Mark Hunter, who caught the offload and ran between the sticks for his second try of the afternoon.
Possession exchanged hands as much as territory, but Burn always looked dominant. Before the half was over Burn won a Scrum just outside the Crieff 22, which saw the ball go through the back line. Winger Iain Duncan beat two defenders and scored out wide.
Burn’s discipline faltered at the restart, and three quick penalties gifted Crieff the territory they needed to score under the posts. Crieff applied more pressure in the second half and added another try, which was converted.
Bannockburn gained a second wind after Crieff scored, with Shaw and Conway working well from the lineout deep in Crieff territory. Scrum half Bruce passed the ball to the blindside, with flanker Mark Alexander bundling over for a try in the corner.
Both teams were up for the fight, and Crieff responded with a try of their own after a Burn player was sent to the bin. The Bannockburn riposte saw a second try for Alexander and a first try of the season for replacement wing Tony Vines.
Crieff had the final say with a converted try in the last minute.
Kinross test in cup
Bannockburn’s next game is a home cup fixture against Kinross RFC on Saturday 5 October, KO 1pm. The club will be hosting a give it a go session of touch rugby for all in Kings Park on Saturday 28 September from 1pm.
Mark Hunter (x2)
Mark Alexander (x2)
David Grainey (x3)