Lasswade fall to defeat but show real fighting spirit

Kirkcaldy 37-17 Lasswade
Kirkcaldy 37-17 Lasswade

Sixth in the table Kirkcaldy restricted even the mighty Hamilton to a 7-8 result just a fortnight ago so the home support could have expected any easy ride against a struggling Lasswade side.

This was anything but the case in the first half when the dry day and firm pitch suited Lasswade’s handling skills and preference for 15 man rugby.

The visitors were first on the board after just nine minutes when Wilson exploited an overlap on halfway, had Dave Hall in support for a one-two and then had a clear run to the line.

Kirkcaldy quickly recovered and clawed three back through Smith’s boot when Lasswade went over the top at a ruck. Just two minutes later several missed Lasswade tackles allowed the home fullback to dance though their defence and when finally stopped, he had Owen Bonner on hand to complete the last few metres.

The home joy was short lived as Hunter made a break from half way and combined with Hall again to retake the lead with another try in the corner.

By now realising they had a game on their hands the home 15 buckled down and contained play between the 22s. It needed a solo effort by their burly and mobile number eight, Turner, to barge and twist his way from the tail of a lineout on 40 metres out to the Lasswade corner flag. This unconverted try set up the 13-10 half-time score.

In a turgid re-start to the second half neither team seemed to have the skill set to put their mark on the game. The breakthrough came when the Kirkcaldy pack assumed the main, if not exclusive responsibility for the remainder of the game.

Man-for-man heavier than their guests, at a ten metre scrum they forced the Lasswade pack to remain bound as they drove on, so giving Rhys Bonner to chance to break blind to score in the corner.

The bonus point try arrived three minutes later with a driving maul which forced the visitors back to their line. Flanker Brown was credited with the score as the maul went to ground and for a moment including the referee who had lost his footing.

A fifth Kirkcaldy try quickly followed with hooker Pow the scorer and this put Kirkcaldy twenty points in front at 30-10.

To their credit Lasswade refused to lie down and their handling skills had flanker Douglas Hearn touching down near the posts and White converting.

With the possibility of both a four-try and a loser’s bonus but only seconds remaining, Lasswade kept the ball live and again had a scoring look about them. However, an over-ambitious pass allowed Owen Bonner to intercept and sprint in unopposed for the sixth Kirkcaldy try converted by Smith with the last kick of the game and for a deceptively commanding 37-17 win.

On Saturday, Lasswade travel to eighth placed Ardrossan whose playing record this season is only slightly better and where the result is anything but a foregone conclusion, especially if the conditions are dry.