Shawlands RFC – 12
Tries; Ruari Taylor, Ryan Moore
Conversion; Max Catto
Penalty; Max Catto (3)
For the second time this season bishopton made the short trip to Cartha to play Shawlands, and the team were out looking for revenge after the disappointing defeat in the bowl that was suffered at the end of September. Before the game started there were some last-minute changes to the line-up as long time absentee Sandy Glassford moved from the bench into Fullback, and Euan Hay came into mark his first start for the club in the Back Row. Also making their first starts for the club were Winger Iain Kerr and Prop Jack Burns. So, it would be a hard match for these players making their first starts.
Catto got the game under way with a well-placed kick and Shawlands were the first to make a mistake as they had a penalty given against them as they were not releasing the ball. Bish took full advantage of being near the posts and took the 3 points to nudge them ahead. 0-3 to Bish.
From the restart Bishopton again looked the stronger of the two teams gaining a lot of territory and going from touch line to touch line with the ball showing the wide range of passing that they have. However, after a large tackle was put in and losing the ball to Shawlands the ball was then knocked on as a huge hit was put in on the player resulting in a Bish scrum. The Bish scrum that was broken up all too frequently a month before hand was resolute in keeping its footing today however as they were able to push the opposition back several meters setting up a good platform for scrum half Ruari Taylor. Who was able to dart from the back of the scrum running in 15 meters to get his first score of the month as he continues an outstanding try scoring run. Catto added the extras to make it 0-10 to the Bish.
It was from this strong position that things started to unravel for the Bish as Shawlands were able to win a penalty and kick their way up to the 5 and secure a line out, from the resulting line out they were able to maul over the whitewash and dot the ball down. 7-10
From here Bish would lose Scrum Half Taylor to an ankle injury that ended his afternoon after a strong start, due to this injury a reshuffle was on the cards as Glassford stepped in to take his place and the back three was reshuffled with Peterson going to Fullback and Maybury onto the wing.
With the team unsettled after an unexpected injury Shawlands were able to take advantage. Finding a gap on the wing allowing them to run in for the 5 points. The conversion was not to be however as the place kicker stopped midway through his approach allowing Glassford to charge the kick down. Thus, limiting the lad that they now had to 2 points, 12-10 Shawlands.
The charge down was what bishopton needed to settle the nerves and put them back on the right path again as they when into a momentum of phase building and keeping the ball in possession. And it started to pay off as Ryan Moore was able to get his hands on the ball and went on to bore his way through the Shawlands defence, before he was able to bump and twist his way into the corner for the try! The Conversion attempt from the wing drifted across the posts and was not to be. 12-15 to Bish as the clock went red and half time was reached.
The second half was a hard though event with both teams refusing to let the other cross the line for the try – though on two occasions the Bish were held up by the Shawlands defence. With the advantage on one of these occasions and the dominance that they were showing Bish opted to take the points being in front of goal, knowing that they would be back down in this area later in the match and it was the smart move to keep the scoreboard ticking over. 12-18 to Bish.
Shawlands were able to gain their own penalty up the pitch but the kick into the wind that had picked up did not make the posts and was pushed back towards where it came from. Soon after they were able to gain another penalty but the decision was reversed by the referee and the penalty was awarded to the Bish. Max stepped up at the halfway line and was able to launch the ball into the 5 to give Bishopton the line out. Bish win the knock on from the line out and gain the scrum and again are able to bully forward gaining the advantage in the process of crashing over the line but the Referee ruled that the ball was held up. Again, Bish took the penalty in front of the posts taking the score to 12-21 to Bish.
Before the match came to an end Shawlands would see a man sent to the bin after Stephen Hogan was able to make the intercept and charge up the pitch before he was tackled and brought down but his pop up was in vain when the Shawlands man took out Iain Kerr before he was able to take the pop pass. Bish were not able to take advantage of the extra man for the remainder of the match, but were after a period able to win a final penalty as the clock went red and knock the ball out to end the match.
Max Catto was awarded Man of the Match for a commanding performance at Stand-Off kicking for good territory and his goals.
Next week sees us take on the Isle of Mull before the international break comes into full swing for the rest of the months so we will be looking for a big victory to take us into December!