Mammoths stay on top of Brechin
By John Kelly
Fresh from their successful European Tour to US Monflanquin the Mammouths took the short trip south down the A90 to Strathmore to play their first ever floodlight match against old foes Brechin for the Brucemore Trophy.
Short on numbers but high in spirits the Mammouths found their numbers boosted by a few Strathmore and Brechin lads. The game started and the Mammouths found themselves on the front foot with some sterling work by Neil McNaughton winning the first ruck, the ball was soon put through the hands and the first try was scored under the posts.
The game was restarted by hooker Paul Kelly who's restart kicks where excellent all night putting good height and distance on his kicks. This again put Brechin on the back foot and soon the Mammouths had the ball down over the try line this time from some excellent work from both the forwards and backs.
The first half had a good few scrums, mainly due to poor hands from both teams, whilst uncontested as usual when playing Golden Oldies rugby both front rows were having a real good time and it was a constant battle throughout the match with John Kelly having a right ding dong at tight head against a strong and committed Brechin loosehead.
Half time soon came and the Mammoths went into the break leading but two scores 10-0. Half time team talk revolved around continuing the good work done by the forwards and to continue giving the scrum half and Tommy Gilchrist at stand off good clean ball.
Second half kicked off and Brechin took control of the game with some fluid play by their forwards and soon found themselves deep into Mackie territory, unfortunately for them they knocked on and scrum to Mackie. The next passage of play was probably the nightlight of the match with some excellent play by the backs then forwards and Mcnaughton blasted through two tackles to score a great try.
The game was really opening up now and those younger players from both sides were beginning to find gaps in the defensive lines and both teams came close to adding to the score. However it was Mackie who scored the next two tries to lead by 25-0. With the game nearing full time the Bruce wing managed to breach the Mammouth defense to score a consolation try for the home team.
The referee blew for full time and the Mammoths were worthy winners of the Brucemore Trophy.
Final score Brechin 5 - 25 Mammoths