Edinburgh University Blues 5
NATIONAL DIVISION ONE
JOHN SMITH reports from Milntown
A COMMITTED performance by Langholm saw them turn an earlier season 40-5 defeat in Edinburgh into a winning one at Milntown.
The University men started with real intent. Their powerful running was proving difficult to stop and the home defence was under considerable pressure.
Langholm buckled down to the task ahead and the forwards put in a power of work to win considerable ball in ruck and maul. The home scrum was under pressure at times and the line-out was a bit of a mess, but Langholm were giving the students plenty to think about.
After 20 minutes, a period of University pressure had Langholm on the ropes and the visitors took a quick tap penalty, with David Arnott going over to score, the conversion missed.
The home forwards really stepped up the work rate and flyhalf Keith Davidson put pressure on with useful positional kicks.
One could sense the match was swinging in favour of Langholm as the backs set up forays into Uni territory, with Alasdair Cavers and Niall Cubbon making ground.
A home attack had the students stretched and the ball was fed wide, and although the passing was a bit loose, full-back Colin Jardine gathered to go over for a good try, which Cubbon failed to convert from out wide.
Langholm applied more pressure and scrum-half Rory Anderson fed back to Davidson who sent a sweet drop goal between the uprights.
The home forwards continued to press, and the reward was a penalty, which Cubbon slotted to give Langholm an 11-5 lead at half-time.
The students battled back after the interval, but the Muckle Toon men applied much more pressure and almost scored on several occasions.
The only points of the second half came from a Cubbon penalty, and Langholm were worthy winners.
Langholm: C. Jardine; R. Mackay, A. Cavers, N. Cubbon, L. Miller; K. Davidson, R. Anderson; D. Divers, S. Devlin, C. Little, A. Tyler, S. Nicol, J. Reid S. Howatson, S. Graham. Subs: B. Wilson, J. Ratcliffe, J. Ashton-Smith.