Match Report – Bishopton v Moffat 16/09/2017

Bishopton – 41

Tries; Ruari Taylor (3), Kyle Haldane (2), Ali Peterson, Ryan Moore

Conversion; Max Catto (3)

Penalty;  –

Moffat – 15

Bishopton were looking to keep the winning run alive as they came into this match having won two from two in the run up to the game against Moffat. Stating a team that was not far from different from that against the win over Lochaber with Prop Chris Dunn and Captain and Lock Bruce Abernethy coming in from the start.

Catto slots his first conversion of the day

Bishopton got the game under way and instantly started to put pressure on the Moffat, after holding off Moffat’s scrum on the halfway line Bish were able to withstand the early pressure and win the ball back. Having worked back into the opposition 22 with a long kick to the backs and forcing a knock on. From the resulting scrum Bish where able to take early advantage of a sleeping Moffat defence, building from a stable scrum. Scrum half Ruari Taylor was able pick the ball from the bottom of the scrum and spun into action and was able to avoid the entire Moffat defence and dash over the line to open the scoring. This left an easy conversion from straight in front of the post that Catto was able to convert. 7-0 to Bish.

Haldane crosses the line for his first try of the day

Bishopton reacted strongly from the Moffat restart with Fullback Ali Peterson collecting the high ball and running it back up the pitch making ground back into the opposition half. Upon Moffat regaining the ball within their 5 and kicking to touch with the resulting Bish lineout going squint resulting in a Moffat scrum. From the scrum, there was some clear miscommunication between the half back pairing, as the pass from the back of the scrum went straight to touch. Moffat were then able to gain back some composure in order to work back some territory of their own, gaining the scrum on their own 10-meter line. From the resulting scrum Bish were able to go against the head and steal the ball with the balls making its way out to the Bish midfield where Ruaridh Catto picked up the ball and made a strong carry bustling his way up the pitch.  A strong tackle brought Catto to the deck but with strong support runs from Taylor and Kyle Haldane meant that the options were available, the first went to Taylor who in turn was able to pop to Haldane who was able to dive over the whitewash in order to put Bish further ahead. Again, the extras were added – 14-0 to Bishopton.

From the kick-off Moffat were able to gather some momentum and territory as they were able to gain a penalty in front of the post opting to kick the points and make some ground back on the scoreboard 14-3.

Upon regaining the ball from the kick-off both Moffat and Bish took part in an exchange of possession for a period of time before any further threats to either try line was made. But when it was it was Bishopton who once again made the threat in what was the most curious attack to watch of the day.  The high ball was put in to the Bishopton backs where Fullback Peterson was able to collect the ball and make the distance back up the pitch before looking to run out of space on the wing he put the chip in over the top, but it looked to be an unfortunate chip as it came off the Moffat player. But in a stroke of luck it came back into Petersons hands and he was able to pass the ball to Haldane who once again was running the support line just where it needed to be. Allowing him to walk in for his second try of the afternoon. The conversion went wide 19-3.

Before the second half came to a close Bishopton had one trick left up their sleeve as Hooker Fraser Williamson was able to quick wittedly judge the Moffat line out and make the interception between the jumper and Scrum Half. Taking the ball into contact Scrum Half Taylor once again picked from the back of the scrum and threw the dummy pass before once again working his way to the Try line. With this fantastic try started by Williamson Bishopton were able to secure the try bonus point. Making the score 26-3 and halftime was reached.

Moore rampaging with the ball in hand

The 2nd half started strong for Bish as Prop Boab Moore received the ball went full rampaging bull as he was able to shrug defenders off left, right and centre before finally being brought to deck. From the resulting ruck Chris Lee was looking to run the dummy line and received the ball, with the resulting ruck the ball was played through all the hand in the back-reaching Ali Peterson to cross the line in the corner to take the score to 31-3.

Moffat then went on the counter from the restart and made the charge on the Bishopton try line, where they were able to find a mismatch in the defence being able to send a prop up against a halfback and piling over for the score making it 31-10.

Bishopton started to build the phases up and work towards the Moffat try line once again, in a series of phases where the pressure was being put on and being 5 m out the penalty was given to bishopton. The quick tap was opted for by Catto who was able to release the pass to Taylor once again who was able to dance his way around the corner and able to dot the ball down for his hattrick taking the score to 36-10.

Taylor secures his hatrick

Straight from the Kick-off Bish were off again when Catto was able to launch the ball high and back to the opposition, Peterson was off as soon as the ball left Catto’s boot. In doing so he was able to burn everyone else for pace. With a grubber ball on towards the dead ball zone where Ryan Moore was able to fall on top of the ball to round off the scoring for Bishopton 41-10.

Peterson was dominant on the counter attack

From here Bishopton started to take the foot off of the gas, with 10 minutes to go. From here Moffat where shown a yellow card and went down to 14 men. But even with the man disadvantage Moffat were able to take make a move on the Bishopton line and with seconds left on the clock were able to cross the line with the last play of the game. Taking the final score to 41-15.

With this result Bishopton made it three bonus point wins out of three and find themselves in 2nd place in the league on points difference. Due to scoring 2 tries and being solid in the scrum and line out Kyle Haldane was named Man of the Match. This coming Saturday sees the team start their season on the road with a trip to Lanark.