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Defensive heroics seal Waid victory

Bannockburn snatched victory at the death against a physical Waid Academy side.

In a superb defensive display, the Burn team showed great mental resilience to come from behind and win.

The team from Anstruther were eager to avenge Bannockburn’s early season win in Fife, and it showed when Waid used their powerful forwards to bundle over a try early doors.

Bannockburn were quick to hit back. A quick tap and go by mercurial talent Fin MacCuish led to flanker Mark Hunter barging over to score, taking several Waid players with him. David Grainey added the conversion to bring the scores level.

Waid seized the momentum though, and ran in another try before the half-time whistle to leave Bannockburn chasing the game.

HT: 07-14

The second half was not long in the making when forward Chris Ireland scored a well-worked team try in the mud. The horrendous weather denied Matthew Frake a conversion.

The weather meant the game was becoming a stodgy affair as the second half wore on. It was Bannockburn who nicked it at the death with minutes on the clock and trailing by two points.

Capitalising on territory gains made through captain Calum Bruce’s mazy line break, Burn hit Waid on the counter.

A powerful scrum from Bannockburn on the five metre mark allowed flyhalf Stuart McGown space to run in a try in the corner after a slick pass from Bruce.

With Bannockburn 17-14 up in the closing minutes, hearts were in mouths as the Fifers asked questions of the Burn defence.

Waid were knocking at the door, and only a heroic last stand on the line stopped the siege.

Burn stood firm, gained possession, and kicked for touch to end the game and seal the victory. FT: 17-14

Next match

Bannockburn’s next match is a home fixture versus Perthshire 2nd XV on Sat 7 March, KO 3pm. The clubhouse is open for the remaining Six Nations fixtures and all are welcome.

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