The margin of defeat for Garioch RFC at Kellands Park to Aberdeen Wanderers on Saturday was disappointing. When the teams met earlier in the season the match had been a low scoring affair with only one try. This time eight tries were scored, but only one was by Garioch and the home side were eventually well beaten by 10 points to 46.
The day had started well for Garioch - after only four minutes they took a seven point lead when Shane Clarke dived over from short range and Andy Gowrie kicked the simple conversion. Unfortunately the lead was to last just five minutes. Garioch were looking likely to add to their lead when they had an overlap out on the right wing, but the Wanderers winger’s intercepted the final pass to race away unopposed to score under the posts. Mid-way through the half, the visitors took the lead with a penalty kick from 25 metres out and immediately from the kick off they stretched this lead to ten points. Then just before half time Garioch attacked down the right only for a dropped pass to fall to the Wanderers winger and for him to comfortably run in unopposed for his second try. With the simple conversion kicked, the half time score was 7-22.
It was vital that Garioch scored first in the second half and this they did. After 12 minutes Gowrie slotted a good penalty over from 30 metres but this was not the start of a fight back. In the last twenty minutes Garioch faded badly and Wanderers ran in a further four tries, two of which were converted. This left the Garioch players and coaches plenty to think about as the final whistle blew with the score at 10-46.
Garioch’s Man of the Match, for his tireless efforts and excellent line out catching, was flanker Stuart “StuMo” Morrison.