Cougars take the spoils – but only after killing the game off as a spectacle

RHC Cougars 30

Langholm 10

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

LANGHOLM made it tough for the Cougars, who only sealed the match in the latter stages, writes John Smith.

The Milntown men started strongly with some positive play and as the home side continuously killed ball to slow things down, a penalty was awarded to the Milntown men. Skipper Niall Cubbon struck the kick sweetly between the uprights to put Langholm in front.

The Muckle Toon men continued to attack, but were unable to build momentum as the Cougars continually slowed recycling from the rucks.

Langholm scrumhalf Mark Young went near to scoring from a kick and chase before RHC set up their first attack after 15 minutes, and there followed a period of boring play with repeated collapsed scrums.

On the half-hour mark the heavy home pack eventually scored from a pushover, which they failed to convert.

The Cougars then added a good try when from line-out possession the ball was fed along the backs and the winger went over on the overlap, with the conversion points added.

The home side kicked a penalty and Cubbon was narrowly off-target with a similar effort for Langholm and the score was 15-3 at half time.

Langholm started strongly after the break and, although down to 14 men when Young was yellow carded after a tap penalty infringement, Cubbon was fed from the scrum by Richard Mackay and crashed over at pace for a try which he also converted to narrow the gap to 15-10.

Cougars kicked a penalty, then with five minutes remaining barged over for an unconverted try from a five metres scrum.

Another converted try was awarded to the home side before the final whistle although Langholm hooker Stephen Devlin appeared to have prevented the prop from getting the touchdown.

Langholm: C. Jardine; L. Miller, J. Reid, A. Cavers, R. Mackay; N. Cubbon, M. Young; D. Divers, S. Devlin, C. Little, A. Tyler, J. Ratcliffe, J. Ashton-Smith, S. Howatson, S. Graham. Sub: S. Jammeh.