Lasswade beat West of Scotland for seventh straight win

Lasswade made it a magnificent seven wins in a row with a comprehensive 50-8 win over closest challengers West of Scotland on Saturday.

Monday, 25th October 2021, 5:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th October 2021, 11:11 am
The Lasswade defence swamps West's Iestyn Humphries (pic: John Cameron)

On paper it looked to be a tough, top-of-the-table encounter against an in-form West side just two points behind leaders Lasswade.

And it was the hosts who made the better start at Burnbrae, earning a penalty within two minutes which Owen Hourston converted into a three-point lead.

Not for the first time this season it took a while for the Midlothian side to settle and 10 minutes had gone before their first incursion into West territory.

While there though they mauled and rucked from a 20 metre lineout and Liam Greig was in possession at the touch down.

West were giving as good as they got at this stage and on the half hour a short range lineout set up a catch and driving maul for Scott Simpson to restore their three-point lead.

Lasswade picked up the pace in the last 10 minutes of the half and another lineout and drive gave Graeme Cook the try this time.

Matt Smith was back to his more normal kicking form with the conversion to give Lasswade a 12-8 half-time lead, but with the game still appearing to be very much in the balance.

However the visitors flew out of the blocks from the restart and within minutes had a five-metre scrum. Quick ball was whipped to Daniel Sutherland to swerve his way to the line with Smith converting.

It was almost entirely one way traffic from here on as despondency began to set in to the home side.

Lockhart scored the best try of the afternoon, the ball going through the hands of the Lasswade backs before reaching the left wing who secured the try bonus.

Then Kyle Smith ghosted through the line to walk in under the posts and with four minutes to go a less subtle Dale Robertson tapped a five metre penalty to barge over.

Already the obvious candidate for man of the match, in the dying minute Robertson used the same ploy to gift Russell Gladstone the final try.

Smith converted all the tries and added a penalty at the start of the third quarter to contribute 15 points to the half century final score.

This Saturday third bottom Strathmore visit Hawthornden. Kick off is 12.30pm.