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Hard-fought win in Crieff

Bannockburn completed a remarkable second half comeback to claim a hard-fought win against Crieff & Strathearn.

In a real ding-dong battle, the men in maroon and gold dug deep and sealed a priceless away victory with a stoic second half performance after trailing 26-19 at the break.

Bannockburn prop Fin MacCuish opened the scoring with a fine try, though this was countered almost immediately by a Crieff riposte.

Mark Hunter added another for Bannockburn, and again Crieff & Strathearn responded with a try of their own. Mark Reilly then ran over to score for the Burn, and again the determined team from Crieff drew level.

Crieff & Strathearn mustered and took the lead just before half-time to take the score to 26-19, meaning Bannockburn had it all to do in the second half.

The Bannockburn men were not to be outdone, though. The Burn drew level with an excellent score between the posts with Club President Mark Wetton crossing the line almost immediately after the restart.

It wasn’t long before Bannockburn had regained their well-earned lead. Flyhalf Stuart McGown pinged a delicious cross-field kick which was caught by returning winger Matthew Frake, who gleefully ran over for the try.

Burn displayed great mental fortitude and resilience to see out the second half with such fine margins at stake – evidence of the graft being put in on the training ground.