Crieff & Strathearn welcomed Howe of Fife 2xv to Crieff last Saturday and again the match was moved to the Community Campus due to flooding at the Braidhaugh.

The Cupar side had clinched the league title the previous week but the Blue and Golds still had an outside chance of promotion if they could win their last two games.

Perhaps it was this thought and the fact that the local side were playing the League Champions that the Blue and Golds gave the visitors a two try start and it took this to fire the hosts into action with Andrew Tainsh scoring.

However Howe are not champions for lack of discipline and fought back to retain their lead. And so pretty much of the match followed in that style.

Crieff & Strathearn kept attacking and scoring try’s and Howe responded with their own scores. For the neutral in the crowd it was a delight to watch such an attacking, high scoring game and the local team received many plaudits on their style of rugby.

In particular Man of the Match Gavin Tainsh who stepped into the scrum half position and hardly put a foot wrong.

However in the end the visitors were too strong and are worthy winners of the League. Final score was Crieff & Strathearn 40-57 Howe of Fife 2xv.

The local side shouldn’t be too discouraged as Coach Alan Webster is doing a fine job with his relatively young squad and the future is bright for this maturing team.

Next and last league game is now not until 29th March v Kirkcaldy 2’s due to Six Nations rugby.

Meanwhile, the Under 16s were also in action and on Sunday, welcomed Montrose.

Due to flooding at Braidhaugh, the games were played on the Strathearn Community Campus pitches.

The Blue and Golds were well up for the game on the back of a disappointing result the previous week and clearly committed to put wrongs to right.

The forwards were hunting as a pack, clearing rucks efficiently and running hard at their opposition.

There was great service coming from the scrum-half and the centres were finding gaps in the Montrose defence.

These line breaks were well supported by the back three and tries were scored.

All in all, a very entertaining game but especially a brilliant performance from a team that now appears to be gelling well and starting to be rewarding from the effort put in at training.

The hosts won 46-10 as Man of the match, Ruaridh Kay scored a hat trick, closely followed by skipper Findlay Watson with two tries, one for second row Louis Leger, one for Callum Cowie on the wing and one for Stuart Smith, who fronted particularly well on his first game.