ARFC V Whitecraigs
Posted on March 27, 2017
National League 3 Jack Nixon
Whitecraigs 41 Aberdeenshire 61
Aberdeenshire kept its hopes of a top four finish alive in National League 2 in Glasgow where they ran in nine tries,eight of which were converted, giving them a maximum haul of five points with three home games remaining.
''We scored some quality tries, overcoming two early yellow cards, and once again had kicker and centre Paul Paxton in fine form, though he will have been disappointed to have missed one kick at goal. It was entertaining game to which Whitecraigs made a huge contribution, scoring five tries of their own, making the final score 61 - 41. Having a full strength squad made a huge difference,'' said Alex Duncan, the Shire director of rugby.
The Woodsiders did not have things all its way, and were pushed all the way by a determined home side who were well in contention at only 26 - 22 in arrears at half time.
In the second half, the visitors demonstrated a greater cutting edge, as its back division cut loose, adding a further five converted tries to their first half tally of four.
Centre Nat Clough was instrumental in setting up tries for his fellow backs, including winger Luke Taylor who grabbed a brace, as did scrum half Scott Simpson, while Clough got in on the try scoring with a gem of his own.
The other touchdowns came from Magnus Henry, captain Greig Ryan who was as ever in the thick of all things good for the Aberdeen side. Lewis Govenlock and Gareth Magaw completed the try scoring for the visitors.
Shire now has a run of the home games to complete its campaign for the season, starting with an attractive fixture against league leaders Cartha Queens Park on Saturday.