Rugby juniors out for revenge

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Stornoway RFC’s junior squad have a chance to avenge their senior club mates worst defeat of the season later today (Saturday) when they face off against Aberdeen Wanderers under 15s, at Bayhead Park, at 10.45am.

The Stornoway RFC Senior’s went down, hugely disappointingly, 39-7 to a Ross Sutherland side who have been described as being ‘very ordinary’.

In previous weeks it had been felt that the Islanders had turned a corner after a poor start to their Caledonia North 2 campaign.

“I really thought we had made significant steps forward in our last two games,” said coach Angus Mackay, who was bitterly disappointed with his sides lack lustre performance.

“We completely lost the attitude we had built up over the last couple of fixtures, there was very little sign of team work out there today.”

The Islanders welcomed back a number of key players, absent in recent weeks with various other commitments and were confident of securing their first away win of the season. Alas this never looked on the cards despite a promising opening from them.

The home side ran in three first half tries, one converted, and a penalty. Stornoway replied with their only real scoring chance of the game, through a Darren Beattie try after a well worked line out from the forwards.

Stornoway certainly weren’t out of things as they turned 20-7 down at half time as the Ross points had been somewhat gifted to them by the visitors poor defence.

Unfortunately there didn’t seem to be any change after the break with the home side notching another three scores and Stornoway drawing a blank.

Stornoway never managed to get in to the game in any real respect. Any rare period of continuity was quickly thwarted by an over officious referee who seemed hell bent on penalising the Islanders at every opportunity.

“There’s not an awful lot of positives to come out of today’s game, it’s one step forward and two back,” said Mackay who must now think seriously about how to rectify these problems.

“We now have a week off and I would hope the guys might use it to reflect on what went wrong last Saturday, a number seemed distracted and were miles off the pace of the game.”