Rugby: Penicuik pick up home win


Penicuik started brightly last Saturday against Trinity and were soon on the scoreboard with a penalty from full back McCormick.

The home side were playing with confidence at this point, however, Trinity edged ahead with a well taken interception try, the conversion was missed but the score gave the visitors confidence. Veteran prop Goodall had to leave the field due to a thigh injury, with second row Valentine moving forward. Penicuik were awarded a penalty which was missed by the full back. The home side collected the restart kick, set the platform well and after some good back play, Millard scored between the posts. Conversion by McCormick. This was followed by good periods of play from both sides, Penicuik captain Thomson scoring an unconverted try following some good interplay between forwards and backs, and a try from Trinity following a good lineout take and play being moved across the park, with the forwards driving over, possibly the number 8 being credited with the score. This was a tight match and a half time score of 15-10 to the home side reflected that.

The second half started brightly for Trinity with Penicuik under the cosh, Yule and Millard shining in defence for Penicuik at this point. The home side lost prop Holmes to a shoulder injury, followed shortly after by Valentine, who had moved forward to replace Goodall, with a shoulder / neck injury. The match moved to uncontested scrums as a result. Trinity continued to test the Penicuik defence and were awarded a penalty which they duly converted. Then followed a period of sustained pressure from the visitors and they were awarded another penalty which they decided to kick for territory. From the resulting lineout, Wilson, who had been playing well in the lineout, stole the visitors throw and Cunningham kicked the ball 50 metres upfield and out of play, to relieve the pressure. This lifted the home team’s spirits and the match become more lively with decent passages of play from both sides. With 10 minutes remaining Penicuk were awarded a Penalty, with a further Penalty minutes later, both converted by McCormick. With the match entering final play a further penalty was awarded and kicked to touch, with Wilson taking the attacking lineout and setting up a forward drive which Trinity infringed, resulting in a further penalty. Penicuik opted for a scrum and from the broken play Trinity defended well and home scrum half McManus opted to end the match with a short kick into touch.

This was a good game of Rugby with the final score of 21 points to 13 probably not a fair reflection of the match. Trinity were at the very least, worthy of a losing bonus point and will take great heart from this performance. Penicuik coaching staff will be pleased with the result given the long break since the last match, and will be happy to just be playing Rugby again, I’m sure.