Uddingston sweep aside opposition at festival

Uddingston Rugby Club S2s celebrate winning the Glasgow Festival
Uddingston Rugby Club S2s celebrate winning the Glasgow Festival
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Uddingston Rugby Club’s S1/2 side enjoyed a clean sweep at last Sunday’s Glasgow S1/2 Festival at Clydebank.

Not only did the Villagers take the trophy by winning all their matches without conceding a try, they also went home with the fair play award.

Uddingston were drawn in a strong-looking pool with Oban Lorne, Clydebank/Bishopton, Kilmarnock and Cumbernauld for the opening series of eight-minute matches.

Oban were beaten 2-0 in the first game, with Ruairidh Anderson making the breakthrough in just three minutes before doubling his tally three minutes later to secure victory.

Hosts Clydebank/Bishopton were Uddy’s next opponents, and the Villagers knew they would be up against it after their opponents had enjoyed an opening victory over Kilmarnock.

However, just as it was beginning to look as though a draw was on the cards, Ruairidh Anderson finally squeezed over the line with less than a minute left for the only score of the game.

Another 1-0 victory followed in their next match against Kilmarnock – with Ruairidh Anderson once again getting the vital score to maintain Uddingston’s 100 per cent record.

Uddingston’s final group match was against Cumbernauld, who were despatched 3-0.

Marcus Frame finished off a fine move to score his first try of the day, while Adam Dempsey evaded the Cumbernauld defence to put Uddingston 2-0 up with three minutes left on the clock.

Ruairidh Anderson then completed the scoring with his fifth try of the day as Uddingston went through at the top of their pool without having lost a try in 32 minutes of very intense rugby.

Their opponents in the final play-off were Lenzie, who were caught unawares when Ruairidh Anderson burst through to score inside the opening 30 seconds.

And only a minute later, Marcus Frame went over for his second try of the day, with Ruairidh Anderson adding another soon afterwards.

Lenzie were shell-shocked by this, and Marcus Frame claimed the fourth try before Logan Cameron went over just before time up to complete a 5-0 win.

As well as winning the festival trophy itself, Uddingston’s disciplined display of teamwork and sportsmanship also saw them receiving the Fair Play award, which was presented by Ali Kellock of Glasgow Warriors.

And individually, Ruairidh Anderson picked up the Most Valuable Player award for the group stages, whilst Marcus won the prize for the final.