Bonus Point win for Cumnock
Seven tries scored away from home
Cumnock travelled to Coatbridge on Saturday in their second outing in BT West Division 2 as they took on Waysiders Drumpellier. Waysiders were looking to bounce back from an away loss at Cumbernauld RFC with their first home game of the season whilst Cumnock were looking to follow up their bonus point home win from the previous week against Strathendrick. Despite the heavy rainfall throughout the week the sun was out making it a warm summers day and the pitch was in good shape.
Cumnock knew that Waysiders were going to come out strongly out the blocks which meant the Ayrshire side were going to have to match the hosts intensity for the first 20 minutes. Cumnock’s defence managed to scramble well to prevent Waysiders early opportunities which were largely gifted due to the poor execution of Cumnock’s passing game. Cumnock’s pack were once again in the ascendancy in this game as they put huge pressure on Waysiders in the set piece. This gave Cumnock the platform for their first score which saw Connor Hill finish a fine backs move to run in a score underneath the posts, Jack Reilly slotted the conversion to add the extra 2 points.
The next score went to Cumnocks forwards with Stephen Robson touching down on the far right hand-side of the field after a dominating run straight through the heart of the Waysiders defence. Reilly once again added the extra points to take Cumnock’s tally to 14 points. Waysiders were dealt another blow after Connor Hill looked to be in for a third Cumnock try before being taken out illegally with a tackle around the neck. The Waysiders player was given a yellow card for his troubles but the referee stopped short of awarding a penalty try. A lineout from the resulting penalty saw Cumnock drive a maul over the line before paul miller touched the ball down. Reilly once again added the extras this time with a fine kick to the left-hand side of the posts. Cumnock were by this time finding their feet and finished the half with a cracking try with a move started in their own half. A John Watt run was finished with a cheeky inside pass to Kyle Farrow who finished underneath the posts making for an easy conversion to add the extra points.
Cumnock went into the second half with the bonus point already secured. Kyle Farrow quickly added another try to his tally, Reilly was unsuccessful with his conversion but was successful in his next opportunity shortly after when Campbell Reid touched down for Cumnocks sixth try.
Cumnock had a frantic period in the second half with Waysiders trying to get something positive to take from the game. Cumnock went a little off the boil and were wasteful with possession as the play began to become disjointed. Waysiders were given an opportunity with a penalty in the middle of the park which they kicked deep into the Cumnock half. The resulting lineout set up a platform for a Waysiders drive to the tryline which Cumnock stopped just yards short. Waysiders made a couple of pick and drives round the fringes before finally unlocking the Cumnock defence to touch down for their first try of the game.
Cumnock had the last say with a try for replacement scrum half Sean Houston after camping themselves deep in Waysiders half. Reilly missed the opportunity for the extra points but with the final whistle the scoreline stood at a formidable 5-45 in favour of the Broomfield side. Man of the match was awarded to Calum Park with the outside centre working selflessly in defence to keep Waysiders out for the majority of the match.
Cumnock will be pleased to come away with maximum points from their first two league games but still haven’t hit their stride with either performance. They now sit second in the league with the top 3 teams separated only by points difference. This is set to change as Cumnock travel to third placed Cumbernauld who have recorded wins over both Waysiders Drumpellier and Birkmyre. Kick off is at 3pm with live updates on twitter by following @CumnockRugby.