Saturday the 3rd of November 2018 was Stewartry’s first visit to last years relegated Dalziel in the league since the Blacks won 23-18 back in 2004.
DALZIEL RFC 22pts STEWARTRY RFC 29pts.
Stewartry battled hard to get the bonus five point win that the Blacks had planned for a first away win this season scoring two tries in each half.
Not to be out done Dalziel picked up two bonus points with four tries scored and a losing bonus point in the 22-29 defeat.
Stewartry’s newcomer this season Jason Forsyth enjoyed breaking his try scoring duck when he charged through the Dalziel defence in only ten minutes. Craig Mosey converted the score. Stewartry with the wind behind them continued to take the game into the Dalziel 22 where three good scoring chances were lost to knock on’s by the Blacks.
Dalziel took their chance and their centre backs made openings through the Blacks defence for their number 13 to coast in for their opening try. The conversion missed. 5-7 Stewartry.
The Stewartry scrum was holding its own and suppling the Backs with a good amount of ball giving winger Andrew Wilson the break to outsprint the Dalziel defence to score in the corner. Mosey added his second conversion. Half time and Stewartry were leading 14-5 in a tight game.
Dalziel kicked the restart long and deep into the Blacks 22 they continued with the long kicks tactics resulting in a number of lineouts as they kept pressing for score. Dalziel’s tactics proved successful with two lineout wins and drove over the Stewartry try line for two tries one of them converted. 17-14 Dalziel.
Stewartry started to tighten their play and take the game towards the Dalziel line with Taylor leading the way and McGuire throwing some fine lineout to McCulloch and Steele with the ball quickly dispatched to the Blacks backs John Muir taking advantage of a gap in the Dalziel defence for the third try. Mosey converted to put Stewartry back in the lead 17-21.
Twenty minutes to go and the Dalziel number 13 found his way through the gaps in the Blacks defence to go over for a fourth try Dalziel one point ahead the conversion missed. 22-21.Dalziel.
Stewartry had to come back from behind again and it was this seasons top try scorer John Muir who scored the fourth bonus point try and his seventh of the season. The conversion missed 22-26 Stewartry. The Blacks Craig Mosey added a long range penalty to give the Stewartry a seven point lead and they battled to keep possession in the forwards to run the clock down to full time and a first away win of the season 29-22 Stewartry.
This Saturday in Tennents West One League eighth placed Stewartry are at home to fourth placed Garnock with a 12.30pm kick off.
Followed by Scotland v Fiji ko 2.30pm.
Sunday 11th November Tennents Womans Premier League B. Stewartry Sirens v Annan Warriors kick off 2.00pm.