Cumnock romp to victory with 13 tries
7 wins from 7 games in West Division 2
Top of the league Cumnock hosted Birkmyre on Saturday looking to continue their unbeaten run following their 17-13 win away against Paisley. Last week’s win means Cumnock now sit top of the league and are the only team undefeated in West Division 2. Cumnock started the game as obvious favourites against Birkmyre who started the game with 6 losses from 6 league encounters, it wasn’t all doom and gloom as they had managed to pick up 4 losing bonus points which means they still sit second bottom above a struggling Millbrae team.
Cumnock were playing at home but the familiar Broomfield pitch was deemed unplayable which meant Cumnock had to take up residence of the new fields at Netherthird slightly earlier than planned. The Netherthird pitches were only just playable on the day with several surrounding areas resembling an outdoor swimming pool, nevertheless a small army of volunteers worked tirelessly to move water off the affected areas to let the game go ahead.
Cumnock started strongly and didn’t have long to wait before a Gareth Polland try as the centre crashed through the defence from short range. Nick Cummings added the extras. They almost had a second as prop Donald Hunter sold a dummy most fly-halve’s would be proud of but had his effort disallowed as the ref deemed it a double movement. Polland added a second try to his tally from a similar area and new boy Nick Cumming spotted a gap to race over for his first try in Cumnock colours.
The back’s weren’t having all the fun and it was Stephen Robson who finally managed to bag a try for the forwards, bumping a few Birkmyre defenders before touching down. Tries followed for Robbie McLaren and Martin Thomson but the pick of the half had to go to winger Murray McLeod who made a decent break up the wing before putting a chip over the last defender, the ball stopped perfectly just over the tryline for McLeod to dive on it for his first score of the season. Nick Cumming had managed to convert 5 of the 7 first half tries which gave Cumnock an impressive scoreline of 45-0 going into half time.
The second half was a slightly tighter affair, the referee was unhappy with the deteriorating conditions underfoot which slightly blunted Cumnock’s attack as they were enjoying dominance in the scrum. An indiscretion at the breakdown gave Birkmyre their first points in the game as they kicked a penalty to get them off the mark.
Cumnock replied with two tries, the first coming for Murray McLeod converted by Nick Cumming and a second for Robbie McLaren which was converted by Jack Reilly. Reilly had come on as a replacement for Cumming and made his presence felt early with a try of his own which he converted.
Birkmyre then had their best period in the game managing to score a try of their own through a missed tackle in the Cumnock midfield. Cumnock finished the game strongly with a second try for Reilly followed by an outstanding effort from Michael Anderson who broke through the tired Birkmyre defenders.
Cumnock did well to rack up as many scores as they did given the horrendous conditions. Man of the match was awarded to Robbie McLaren and Aiden Kerr. McLaren had an excellent all round game making himself a nuisance at the breakdown and topping it off with two tries. Kerr played outstandingly with some brilliant sniping runs and an excellent interception that led to one of the tries of the second half. Next week Cumnock travel to Clydebank in what will be another big West Division 2 fixture, follow the action with live tweets by following @CumnockRugby.