Ross Loose On the Road
By David Kennedy
Ross put firsts points on the board but loose on the road
Things started brightly for Ross Sutherland in Stonehaven last Saturday, when Jacob McCormick finished off a sweeping move to score the opening try of the game and his first for the club. With John Mann’s conversion pushing them into a 7 point lead, it looked like the long bus journey and short warm up had been quickly overcome.
However the tide quickly turned with Mackie putting four converted tries past the visitors to lead 28-7 at half time.
Too many missed tackles and turnover ball gifted Mackie control of the game. Stern words at the break from skipper Ali Kennedy saw the Stags start the second half with renewed vigour but it the hosts romped in with an early try to make the possibility of a comeback even more difficult.
The forwards play was very competitive and with Mackie conceding territory and possession the inevitable penalties started to come the Stags’ way. Quick thinking from Mann got him over the try line and soon after he had another, benefitting from more good play by the forwards which had them camped inside the Mackie 10m line.
Mackie hit back again but that didn’t dampen the Stags’ spirit and determination to score again. Pushing hard for a bonus point try, the game was halted with only minutes left to play when Ross forward Lee McLellan suffered a neck injury.
Although taken to hospital by air ambulance, he was discharged later that evening to return home with the rest of the team.
The game itself was switched to Mackie’s junior pitch but there was to be no further score.
Fulltime score: Mackie 42 -19 Ross Sutherland
Commenting on the performance team captain Kennedy said “We were strong up front today but we let ourselves down with poor defending. The score didn’t really reflect how close the competition was. Fair play to Mackie though, they forced a lot of turnovers and took their chances well.”