Rugby: Congratulations to league champions Lasswade

John Steele, Dumfries' Senior Rugby Manager presents  the National League Division 3 trophy to Lasswade RFC
John Steele, Dumfries' Senior Rugby Manager presents the National League Division 3 trophy to Lasswade RFC

Needing just five points from their last two games to clinch the title Lasswade’s match at third placed Dumfries was surprisingly where they did it .

An away match against all-season promotion rivals Dumfries Saints was not the most likely source of those points but that is exactly what they achieved.

With a high wind blowing straight along the pitch, Mark Billingham won the toss and as is his custom opted to play into the gale. Dumfries also gave him the kick-off and they used this first possession to drive down the field, only being stopped when held up over the Lasswade line. For fully five minutes they kept play in the red zone pounding and probing the Midlothian defence but it held.

Having contained the initial onslaught, Lasswade took control of the game. Patient when in possession and forcing errors and turnovers when not, they ensured that Saints had little opportunity to make forward progress, let alone score. Against the elements much of the play was in the Saints half and on one occasion Lasswade looked to have touched down but by the time the ref could get a proper view he adjudged it to be held up.

It wasn’t all one-way and Saints benefitted from a Lasswade tackle infringement to slot a penalty but that proved to be the only score of the half.

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