Mackie 36 Orkney 17
Mackie bounce back to winning ways
Mackie bounced back from last week's defeat against Highland with a convincing win over a well-drilled and physical Orkney side.
Orkney started brightly, scoring two early tries, before the Mackie side even got into their stride. Unlike last week however, Mackie did not let their heads go down and they showed great team spirit to turn themselves around and get back into the game with three tries of their own before half time.
Mackie's scrum was in fine form again, with Wood and Tweedie in the boilerhouse, and it is becoming one of their main assets, providing a solid lauchpad from which the backrow can launch themselves into the fray.
Once again the forward effort was led by Berrisford who tackled ferociously all afternoon, and by man of the match Beeton whose direct running lines broke many an Orkney tackle, and whose ball presentation skills provided scrum half Leitch with plenty of ball to work with to control the flow of the game. Leitch showed great game sense, picking when to release the backs and when to bring the forwards into the game, to great effect.
The backs showed more steel this week and proved to be a hard nut to crack in defence, with some aggressive tackles from centres Kirkwood and Elphinstone and fine covering work from Fotheringham and Mair. Orkney were only able to score once more in the second half to Mackies three, bringing the final score of 36 to 17.