Lasswade travelled to Perthshire with more or less a full complement with the Smiths’ centre partnership restored and only last week’s hat-tricker Donald Hearn unavailable.
With only a slightly angled cross wind and the gloom of a December afternoon to affect proceedings, Perthshire kicked off and forced the first errors to earn the first points when Clow’s boot punished an offside with just five minutes gone.
Lasswade needed the rest of the first quarter to settle and take stock and then a lineout 20 metres out set up one of the longer scoring catch and drives with Billingham claiming the score and opening his ultimately successful account for man-of-the-match. Clarke’s conversion from wide out made it 7-3.
Just four minutes later, a much shorter range catch and drive stalled a few metres out but Lamond broke down the blind side and had Gladstone on his shoulder to grab the second touch-down.
Traffic was mostly one way for the remainder of the half as the forwards supplied good ball to the backs and the Smiths made the breaks to set up Dave Hall and Lamont both flyers along their respective wings. Notwithstanding that, full normal time of the half was nearly up before a turned over Perthshire scrum on their own five metres enabled Kyle Smith to pick his angle and set up a straightforward conversion for Clarke to widen the lead to 19-3.
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