Penicuik entertain title party crowd with win

Penicuik RFC 44-31 Portobello Rugby
Penicuik RFC 44-31 Portobello Rugby

Penicuik were to be presented with the league trophy at the end of this match, so a fair crowd gathered to watch and mark the occasion.

And what a cracking match was served up for the spectators. Penicuik raced into a healthy lead, and things were looking good for the home side and ominous for the visitors, presently lying third bottom of the league and fighting for survival.

But Portobello had other ideas and came back strongly, scoring two tries to make the half time score Penicuik 26, Portobello 12.

The second half started as the first ended, a hard fought battle, good defence and some good free flowing rugby, from both sides. Portobello scored to bring the score to 26-19 and the home touchline and crowd were getting a bit edgy. McCormick scored a penalty, 29-19, and the visitors scored again to make the score 29-26. Were Portobello about to spoil the home side’s party?

Penicuik scored a converted try, 36-26, Portobello scored a further try 36-31. The home support were definitely uneasy and were roaring the team on, and Penicuik were to see out the match 44-31.

This match was a great advert for rugby, and the referee must come in for a mention here for the way he controlled the match.

Penicuik’s scorers were Zavaroni, Gray and man of the match Ali McCormick with a haul of four tries, four conversions and three penalties. Portobello left with valuable losing bonus points having scored five tries and three conversions.