Islanders Swept

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For the first time in a long while (perhaps ever), the far-flung men of Lewis set foot on the pitches of fortress Woodend, for the second game of the new Caledonia 2 league.

Deeside had the weather against them in the first half, kicking off into a strong headwind, but it did not take long to take up position in the Stornoway 22, when a penalty kick to touch gave them the opportunity for a 5m lineout. There was only one option from that distance and Deeside formed a strong maul with Chris Simpson at the back, who scrambled over through an absent Stornoway fringe defence to score Deesides first within minutes.

Several other tries followed in the first half. Scrum half Paul Harrow muscled over from close. Winger Michael MacLugash had similar luck when the try-line appeared below his feet after a lovely run in and he dotted the ball down. Both tries were converted by full-back Jamie Stephen who bagged 5 kicks in total from the day. Stephen also scored a try late into the second half from a lovely inside ball from the hooker Sam Cooper. The first half ended 24 – 0.

Another try came from number 8 Tobias Cochrane-Dyet who spotted a small patch of turf over the try-line and quickly dived over to dot the ball down. His backrow colleague, Chris Simpson, managed to bag another two tries from great support play and finished the game with a hat-trick.

After a moments play which involved loose head prop Melvin McAskill bouncing a ball of his own players face and catching it again resulted in a ruck and a poorly defended Stornoway blindside, which was spotted by the forwards, who took full advantage, and a slick flick off the deck sent captain Sam Cooper racing down the wing and finishing in style.

The soggy day ended, much to the delight of the crowds, 50 – 0 to Deeside and everyone quickly hurried away to dry off.

Full time - 50:0.