PICTURES: Moray Rugby Club 106 Aberdeen Wanderers 0 - Four tries apiece for Lewis Scott and Neil Alexander in 16-try romp for Morriston side
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A complete all-round display by the Moray 1st XV saw them comprehensively defeat Aberdeen Wanderers by 106 points to nil in a Caledonia League Division 1 fixture at Morriston last Saturday.
The Elgin side opened the scoring in the fifth minute when, after some good driving play through the middle, the ball was spread wide to wing Lewis Scott to make the line. Full-back Rory Millar converted for 7-0.
Three minutes later, a break by No 8 Neil Alexander took him into the 22, to a ruck. The ball was moved quickly wide for Scott to score his second. Millar landed the kick for 14-0.
In the 10th minute, Alexander got on the score sheet when he picked up at the back of an attacking ruck and made the line. Millar converted for 21-0.
Wanderers began to compete more in the game but without creating any threat to the home line. In the 25th minute, Moray added their fourth and the bonus point try. Following an attacking line, eight metres out, and after a number of driving phases for the line, the ball was moved to stand-off Johnny Haslam who switched the ball back inside to second-row Hugh MacRae to make the line. Milled landed the extras for 28-0.
Around the half hour mark, a flowing backs attack from the half-way saw the ball reach Scott. He went for the line before stepping back inside and through the last defender for his third try, an unconverted try and 33-0 lead.
In the 37th minute, the home side scored their final try of the half. The visitors held up an attack over the line. From the goal-line drop-out, the ball was run back at pace, through hands, and centre Ben Taylor received the ball out wide and scored. Millar landed the difficult kick for a half-time score of 40-0.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half Wanderers couldn’t get any possession and Moray ran in five more tries.
The first and Alexander’s second came from a pick-up at an attacking scrum five and the other four scored by wing Ewan Simpson (2), Taylor (his second) and Scott (his fourth) all came from good continuity and handling attacking play. Millar converted four of these tries for 73-0.
In the 65th minute, Kris Morrison got on the score sheet. Strong running took the Elgin side to a ruck deep, in the 22. Ball was moved blind to the wing-forward and he barged his way over the line for an unconverted try and 78-0.
Four minutes later, Alexander added his third, when he finished off an attacking passage of play in the 22 by barging through three defenders to score. Millar added the extras for 85-0.
In the last eight minutes of the game, the home side added three final tries.
The first was scored by Millar when he took a great line and split the defence to score. The second, and his third, was scored by Taylor after a flowing backs move from the half-way. The final try and his fourth of the afternoon was scored by Alexander when he finished off a driving and popping play in the 22. Millar converted each try for a final score-line of 106-0.
It had been a complete all round attacking display by the Moray side in which they scored 16 good tries. Once again, a great kicking display by Rory Millar saw him landed 13 conversions as well as adding a try for a 31-point haul for the day.
This Saturday Moray 1sts and 2nds are at home to Mackie and Skye respectively. Kick-off for both is 2pm. Moray Women are away to Highland, kick-off 2pm.