Perthshire 2nd XV 24 – 36 Bannockburn RFC
No matter the outcome of this fixture, the day would always belong to Perthshire Rugby Club as they honoured their teammate and friend Adam Pattinson, who tragically passed away.
Both teams set the tone by taking part in an emotional remembrance ceremony celebrating Adam’s life – and there was not a dry eye in the house.
After a respectful moment of silence, Burn started the game brightly and at pace. Mark Hunter continued his fine run of form by scoring the first try within minutes of kick-off.
Centre Iain Duncan added another score on the 12-minute mark. David Grainey added the extras for both tries, giving Bannockburn a 14-0 lead that would last until the half-time mark.
HT: Perthshire 2nd XV 0-14 Bannockburn
Perthshire were quick to hit back with a try of their own just after the restart.
Bannockburn centre Joe Wright then ran over a brace of tries in quick succession to give the Burn a 7-26 lead in the second half. But much like life, rugby is never easy.
Burn made it tough for themselves in the second half, conceding a number of penalties and allowing Perthshire a route back into the game.
Perthshire cranked up the gears and ran Bannockburn close in the second half, clawing back a haul of points through three unanswered tries. At one point, the scoreline stood at 24-26 with less than a quarter to play.
Full credit must go to the Perthshire men, who played with heart and had some exceptional individual performances in the wake of their former captain’s passing.
But it was Bannockburn who roared back two tries in the last five minutes, with winger Sandy Dove and hooker Russell Brown both showing great composure to score the tries that topped off the 36-24 victory.
Bannockburn’s next match is away to Dundee Morgan on Saturday 21 March, KO 3pm.
Joe Wright (2)
David Grainey (3)