Langholm run out of time

Langholm 10

RHC Cougars 26

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

JOHN SMITH reports from Milntown

RHC proved formidable opponents and deserved their win, but the Langholm cause was not helped by a spate of injuries to an already depleted team.

The visitors started in storming fashion and won an early penalty chance, but Euan Morrison was off-target. RHC then lost possession on the line when they seemed certian to score. Eventually, they were rewarded with a try from lock Drew Hicks, converted by Morrison.

Langholm pulled back into the game and produced some good handling attacks, but failed to breach the defence. Home flanker Lewis Miller continuously caught the eye with some scorching runs. One wonderful attack saw the majority of the team involved in a handling spree and it took a determined visitors’ defence to hold them out.

Niall Cubbon kicked a penalty for Langholm after 31 minutes and it remained 3-5 up to the break.

RHC started to cut loose after the restart, centre Stuart Morrison running 40m to score, Morrison converting. Then flanker Daryl Warrander burst through for another try before sub Murray Hanning scored in the corner, Morrison converting both, and it was virtually all over with the score at 3-26.

Home skipper Cubbon burst through at the posts for a try and sent over a drop goal conversion from the other side, which is something not often seen, but time ran out for the Milntown men.

Langholm: C. Jardine; A. Cavers, D. Irving, N. Cubbon, L. Miller; K. Davidson, M. Young; J. Radcliffe, S. Devlin, C. Little, A. Tyler, C. Hislop, J. Reid, L. Miller, S. Graham. Subs: S. Jardine, R. Taylor, S. Potts.