Perthshire 2nds ............ 19

Crieff & Strathearn ....... 35

A LUNCH TIME kick-off at the North Inch saw 2nd placed Crieff seeking another win against their fierce rivals Perthshire 2s.

The opening 10 minutes where dictated by Crieff and after several good phases, winger Ewan Wilson drew first blood for the away team as a good offload out off the tackle found the number 11 and he athletically leapt over the try line.

It didn't take long for the Eagles to respond and they hit back immediately, their dominant forwards ploughed up the pitch and eventually found the line to draw the scores even.

With the Crieff team showing disappointment after conceding they soon gave something for the travelling fans to cheer for. The Strathearn team, minus injured Fullback Ryan Flett's sizeable boots, were left to be filled and the fit was just right for stand-in 15 Euan Harrington who put Crieff back in front.

Heavy pressure on the Perthshire backline saw number 10 Stuart Guntley guiding the ball into the youngster's hands who went over the line with a successful kick to follow.

With both teams running in tries in an open first half, you wouldn't doubt on another before the break and it was the Crieff team who provided some breathing space.

Quick hands led to big ball carrier George Steadman showing another side of his game by delicately passing onto winger Rory Hart who touched down in the left corner to increase the lead.

The Crieff team started the second half brightly and with several good phases and crunching tackles from the back-row, the Blue and Golds looked to be firmly in control.

A quick turn over from the Eagles saw sudden pressure being pounded down on the Crieff line leading to a flurry of penalties and they looked destined to go over the whitewash, however determination and staunch defence held up the mighty Perth pack.

The Shire backs began to pick up their game and an injection of pace saw the home team's fullback nearly in for a cracking solo try until brought down metres from the line by try scorer Ewan Wilson in what was a fantastic cover tackle.

With Crieff looking determined to keep out their rivals, thumping hits from Marcus Fenton and Charlie Leckie pushed back the home side.

The North Inch shook as the seemingly unstoppable force of the Perth loose-head was brought crashing to the ground by the immovable object of Crieff's George Davis. A true clash of the titans.

George Steadman's reenactment of the famous rampaging Lions winger George North led to fast ball combined with good hands by centre Gavin Tainsh to put substitute winger Greg Coull flying down the wing as he bagged another try for the Strathearn men.

Crieff pushed on in pursuit of another bonus point win, a few short forward phases on the right hand-side unravelled into a smart backs move with Robbie Robertson switching wings onto the left and then slipping through a gap to dot down securing his second try in two matches.

Perthshire didn't go down without a fight, their number 8 cutting through the Crieff backline after a chic pass meant that the home team hoped for an epic comeback.

With Crieff running away with the match, the away team quickly nullified any threats and they popped the cork allowing the champagne rugby to flow with their expansive rugby leading to the away teams final try of the afternoon.

A late consolation penalty try to Perthshire from a strong driving maul didn't dampen the away teams spirits and the final whistle blew to finalise Crieff's thumping victory over their neighbours at the Inch.