Uddingston land title in style

The Uddingston celebrations get under way
The Uddingston celebrations get under way
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Uddingston Rugby Club secured the RBS West Division3 title in style with a comprehensive demolition of Lanark on Saturday.

The Villagers ran in 13 tries at a muddy Porterswell for a 85-0 win which clinched their second piece of silverware this season.

Uddingston had already claimed the RBS West Regional Bowl in December and did the double in style.

Knowing that they needed a good start to take the wind out of the visitors, Uddingston set about their task with focussed determination, and were rewarded after only two minutes.

Richie Murray breezed through the gap for an opening try which Stewart Mackay converted.

The Villagers cranked up the pace and by the 17th minute they had already secured the four try bonus.

Try scoring honours went to Craig Ferguson, Mikey McKeown and Chris King with Mackay nudging over two out of three conversions to give the home side a comfortable 26-0 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.

The Villagers continued to dominate, carving open the Lanark defence, and a further two tries from Andy Paterson and Chris King, with Mackay converting King’s score, took their lead to 38-0 by half-time.

It was a similar story after the break with three early tries from McKeown, Paterson and Murray and two more Mackay conversions stretching the advantage to 57-0.

With 25 minutes still to play the visitors were visibly tiring and the Villagers drove home their superiority with a further four tries.

Keith Bradley, Liam Quinn and David McKelvie all claimed their first scores of the match, Paterson completed his hat-trick and four more Mackay conversions pushed the score to 85-0 .

Shortly after, the shrill blast of the referee’s whistle signalled the end of the contest and an outbreak of celebrations from Uddingston’s muddy warriors.

As they gathered at the touchline, SRU Council member and Uddingston lad Jim Stevenson presented the cup to a triumphant Uddingston captain Jamie McPherson.

An outbreak of singing and champagne corks followed as the faithful home support made their way back to the clubhouse to start the celebrations.

As the party got under way, club president Andy West congratulated the players and coaches on their excellent achievements this season - but also reminded them that the focus now must turn to the National Bowl semi-final at the end of March.

Uddingston have a day off this Saturday, due to the Six Nations, but are back in action on March 1 with a trip to Kilmacolm to face Birkmyre in a rescheduled league match.