Montrose 17 : 32 Bannockburn

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

Tries:
Kieran Penny
Scott McGown (3)
Ryan Jones
Mark Alexander

Cons:
David Grainey

Image credit: Montrose RFC

Waid Academy 14 : 29 Bannockburn RFC

Bannockburn chalked up their third win in four league games away to Waid Academy FP this past weekend.

Waid – so often a thorn in Bannockburn’s side in years gone by – struggled to contain the well-oiled Bannockburn machine.

The Burn came out of the blocks at great speed and intensity, with flanker Mark Hunter scoring within minutes of kick-off.

Bannockburn were going through the phases well, asserting control and maintaining consistency against a disciplined Waid side.

Centre Joe Wright and winger Ryan Jones added tries before halftime, helping the Burn to 17-7 lead at the break.

It was Waid Academy who capitalised after the restart, taking advantage from a series of penalties which saw the Burn side marched back over sixty metres for being offside and handling in the ruck.

However, Bannockburn controlled the game from start to finish – a 90% tackle success rate the marker of their defensive qualities – with a solid display across the pitch.

Hooker Russell Brown crossed the line for a try before captain Calum Bruce added his own to top off a mature performance for Bannockburn.

Man of the Match: Russell Brown

Bannockburn 08:26 Kinross RFC

Bannockburn’s Caley Bowl run was brought to an end after a hard-fought match against Kinross Rugby Club.

Burn controlled the majority of possession in the first half, but still found themselves second best to a confident Kinross side with a strong kicking game in wet conditions.

The Burn’s phase play was excellent and controlled the breakdown well. The home side’s kick and chase worked well, putting pressure and forcing mistakes, but ultimately the visitors went in at the break nine points ahead.

Industrious club captain Bob Conway was in effervescent form, causing problems for the visitors all match with his physicality and work rate.

Bannockburn took their foot off the gas after the restart and failed to run as hard as they were tackling, giving the visitors too much credit – something the disciplined team from Kinross used to their advantage with some decent running from depth.

Veteran No. 8 Nick Cram scored Bannockburn’s solitary try, running over in the final ten minutes to add to Grainey’s early penalty. Man of the match was Iain Duncan.

Bannockburn RFC’s next game is away to Waid Academy FP RFC on Saturday 12 October.

On Sunday 13 October, the local community is invited to take in the Bannockburn Club Day at the Heritage Centre (09:00-11:00) followed by the Scotland World Cup match in the clubhouse.

Bannockburn 39:24 Crieff & Strathearn

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.

Tries
Mark Hunter (x2)
Mark Alexander (x2)
Iain Duncan
Tony Vines

Cons
David Grainey (x3)

Pens
David Grainey

MOTM
Andrew Chalmers

Bannockburn 38:0 Strathmore 2XV

Bannockburn recorded a dominant 38-0 victory over Strathmore 2nds to pick up their first points of the league season.

After an edgy opening, Burn ran in five unanswered tries – full back David Grainey scoring all conversions and a penalty to boot.

Bannockburn’s energetic centre pairing of Dove and Wright caused all sorts of problems for Strathmore, and they were rewarded with three tries between them.

The game saw a number of penalties for both sides, which broke up the flow of the match. Both Bannockburn and Strathmore received yellow cards, with the visitors losing a man to red card in the first half.

Lock Steven Flynn came on in the second half and immediately made his mark, scoring after a superb display of physicality.

Strathmore struggled to cope with Bannockburn side – even more so after losing men to injury and the sending off. To their credit, Strathmore played on with a depleted side and still pressured the Bannockburn players across the pitch.

Bannockburn ran in their last try in the dying minutes with an excellent pitch-length effort starting on their own tryline.

Under pressure from the Strathmore ranks, the ball made its way to a young forward between the sticks, who managed to punt the ball clear. The kick released Bannockburn up the park, with Stuart McGown eventually crossing for a try.

Bannockburn could have scored more, but have plenty to be positive about after a comprehensive victory.

  • Man of the match: Steven Flynn
  • Tries: Joe Wright (2), Sandy Dove, Steven Flynn, Stuart McGown
  • Cons: David Grainey (5)
  • Pens: David Grainey

Rugby World Cup

With the Rugby World Cup kicking off this weekend, the Bannockburn clubhouse will be showing the first Scotland game on Sunday 22 September (KO 08:45am), followed by the England match and a game of social touch rugby. Breakfast rolls and beverages will be on offer – all are welcome.