Depleted 2nd XV Earn Point in Kinloss Defeat
By Ciaran Marshall
A 14-man Jolly Boys side travelled to Kinloss to face league title challengers the Kinloss Eagles.
Due to injuries, unavailability, and deserved call ups to the 1st XV for some of the 2s best performers from the season so far, the 2nd XV had an experimental look to it with an all-prop front 5 and several players out of position in the backline. Kinloss kindly provided a player so that both sides took to the field with a full 15.
Despite all of this, the 2s got off to strong start and spent much of the first half inside the Kinloss 22, though struggled to make a break through against some determined defence. Kinloss scored the opening try from a fine breakaway and added a second shortly after. The Jolly Boys put pressure on Kinloss once again deep in their half and this started to show with several penalties conceded by the home side. Yellow cards followed for an intentional knock on and a no arm tackle, and Harry Loakman finally got the Jolly Boys on the board after sniping from a ruck. However, a poor exit from the 2s saw Kinloss end the half with another try to leave the score at 19-5.
The 2nd half saw the 2s play a much wider game and this paid off with wingers Callum Inglis and Jamie Wills scoring in the corners, the latter being an exceptional finish after picking up a dodgy bouncing pass and beating/running over several men. Inglis scored again to secure a bonus point after he and Angus Kerr linked up for a long distance score. However, Kinloss had continued to punish any mistakes and their Fijian contingent linked up to score a fine try with only minutes to go, pushing their lead to 43-20.
Not disheartened by the score, the Jolly Boys worked their way downfield and got the last points of the afternoon after Captain Creepy aka Ewan Cameron drove over the line.
Final Score: Kinloss Eagles 43 - 25 Jolly Boys
The 2s left Kinloss in good spirits despite the loss, having achieved a point on the road with their depleted team. Massive thanks to Kinloss Eagles for lending three players during the course of the match, especially after Angus Kerr thanked their second player by splitting his head open. We wish them all the best for the rest of their season.