Creiff and Strathearn’s first XV saw off Dundee Medics last weekend with a convincing 27-17 victory in front of their home crowd.

The home side’s victory followed on from an excellent win over Stobswell the previous weekend and saw them advance to the second round of the regional bowl.

This tie proved to be a tougher challenge than the host’s previous game despite the fact that the Dundee students arrived at Braidhaugh with a depleted squad.

In sunny but blustery conditions, the first ten minutes were played in a frantic fashion as both sides tried to gain the upper hand.

It was the visitors who got the first breakthrough of the match after a great move allowed them to score in the corner but they were unable to convert the try.

Such is the determination of the young Blue and Golds squad, that this setback only galvanised them to strike back immediately.

Andrew Tainsh, with his electric pace, ran in a coupl of tries, with his borther Gavin chipping in with two conversions and two penalties to put the home side firmly in command of the match.

The second penalty kick by Gavin seemed ambitious, being tsken from just inside the medics half, but the younger Tainsh slotted the monster thump to secure his nomination as the well deserved man of the match.

The medics responded well and some slack passing from the home backs allowed them to score two more tries but again the visitors were porr from conversions and could only convert one of the two tries.

The second half was a much tighter affair but the Blue and Golds dug deep to play against the wind and were rewarded for their efforts with a well worked try to pull ahead and clinch the match 27-17.

Next up for the Crieff and Strathearn first team is a trip to Grangemouth 2nd xv for their first league match of the season.

Meanwhile, Crieff;s U16 side fielded a good mix of S3, S4 and S5 boys as they ran out comprehensive 87-17 winners over Waid in the first league game of the season.

As Waid arrived with a man short, a game of 13-a-side was contested last weekend.

The home team took full advantage of a hesistant opposition and started to run tries through good passing and some strong running from the backs.

The hosts led 57-0 at the half time break but despite the one-sided nature of the first half, the Waid players to their credit, asked to continue and certainly came back strong at Crieff.

But in the end Crieff ran out comfortable winners with the final score of 87-17.

For more information contact rugby development officer Stuart Guntley on Stuartguntley@hotmail.co.uk or call 07557300736