Bannockburn laid an old ghost to rest with a deserved victory in Montrose.
Vengeance was always on the cards for a Burn side still hurting from last season’s single point loss against this weekend’s opposition.
Neither team would find a friend in the weather. The ball was wetter than an otter’s pocket and resulted in a slew of errors from both sides.
Bannockburn showed great determination and physicality at the set piece, and eventually crossed the line from a penalty in the Montrose 22.
From the restart, Montrose’s sloppy work at the breakdown led to Bannockburn kicking for touch and winning the lineout. The resultant maul – fast becoming a powerful weapon in the Burn armoury – led to another try.
Montrose jolted into life and drew level through two unanswered tries, one of them an excellent 70m effort from their pacy winger. Bannockburn added another score to lead 15-10 at the break.
Bannockburn’s response on the restart was to score the best try of the match.
From a lineout near the Montrose tryline, Hunter won the ball against head. The ball made its way to fly-half Stuart McGown who sent a pinpoint cross-field kick that dumbfounded the Montrose defence.
Ryan Jones was on hand to grab the ball 5 metres from the tryline, sidestep the static Montrose defenders and cross over – a strong contender for try of the season for the winger.
Burn turned the screw in the second half – capitalising on their control of the game as well as a string of errors from the Montrose defence – with Mark Alexander and Scott McGown adding tries to cap off an excellent, disciplined team performance.
Special mention must go to Bannockburn veteran Scott McGown, who racked up a hat-trick of tries from the wing.
Bannockburn’s next match is at home to Glenrothes 2nd XV on Saturday 23 November, KO 2pm.
Man of the Match: Mark Alexander
Scott McGown (3)
Image credit: Montrose RFC