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Inverness Craig Dunain 0 Moray Seconds 101: Seventeen tries for visitors in gigantic victory for Moray in Highland capital


By Graham Stables

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MORAY Seconds' latest Caledonia League Division Two North fixture saw them record a resounding 101-0 victory away to Inverness Craig Dunain on Saturday.

The Elgin side, playing into the wind, took a 5-0 lead after only three minutes when wing-forward Ed Walling made the line after being put into a gap by stand-off Blair Garrick.

Five minutes later it was 10-0 when after a break by wing-forward Kris Morrison, the ball was moved wide to wing Iain Stuart to score the unconverted try out wide.

In a three-minute spell around the quarter of an hour mark, Moray scored two further tries, securing the bonus point.

Chris Robottom gets tackled. In the background are Daniel Davidson and Fraser Ireland. Picture: James Officer
Chris Robottom gets tackled. In the background are Daniel Davidson and Fraser Ireland. Picture: James Officer

The first was scored by wing Bruce Darling after he received the inside pass from full-back Rory Millar following a break up the wing. The second followed a break by number eight Lewis Small which saw the ball moved wide to centre Euan Willetts who broke the defensive line and scored. Millar converted both for 24-0.

The Elgin side were in total command and in the 26th minute, a quick tap and go penalty by Small took him to a ruck 15 metres out. The ball was moved to Millar out wide to score an unconverted try for 29-0.

In the final eight minutes of the half, the visitors add three more tries, two converted, first a half-time score of 48-0.

The first saw Stuart score his second when he intercepted deep in his 22 and ran the length of the pitch to score. The second saw Walling score his second when, after a prod through, he arrived first, secured the ball and had the strength to make the line.

Ed Walling celebrates scoring a try. Picture: James Officer
Ed Walling celebrates scoring a try. Picture: James Officer

The third came from a chip over the defence by Garrick with Millar getting to the ball first, regathering and scoring.

The domination continued and in a five-minute spell early in the second half, three more tries were added.

A break down the right was offloaded to scrum-half Cameron Ireland and he made the corner for an unconverted try. The next came from an attack through the middle with the final pass reaching hooker Chris Robottom to force his way to the line.

Chris Robottom gets tackled. In the background are Daniel Davidson and Fraser Ireland. Picture: James Officer
Chris Robottom gets tackled. In the background are Daniel Davidson and Fraser Ireland. Picture: James Officer

Stuart scored his third when Willetts drew two defenders and slipped the ball to the wing to score. With kicking conditions difficult due to the wind, only one was conversion was landed by Stuart taking the score to 65-0.

Three more tries were scored in quick succession around the 60-minute mark. A good handling attack saw second-row Hugh MacRae stopped five metres out but he was able to pop the ball to supporting wing-forward Lee Adams to score.

Next, Walling picked up loose ball in the home 22 before offloading to Robottom to score his second.

Lastly, a break from inside their own half saw an exchange of passes between Stuart and centre Cameron Hughes with the latter dotting down the try in the corner. Stuart landed one out of the three conversions for 87-0.

In the final minutes of the game, Moray added two final tries to round a very good afternoon off. A wayward pass by the home side in their 22 allowed prop Mark Taylor to prod the ball through, regather it and score a try converted by Stuart.

To cap it all, a good handling backs moved saw Darling delay the final pass before releasing Stuart to score his fourth and Moray's 17th try out wide. Willetts landed the wide kick for a final score of 101-0.


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