NATIONAL ONE: FALKIRK 35-24 DUNDEE HSFP

STUART CAMERON @ Sunnyside

FALKIRK got back to winning ways at home to Dundee High and collected a try bonus point which keeps them still in with a chance of being involved in the promotion scrap at the top of the table.

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Their pack dominated the Dundee scrum and two penalty tries told its own story. However, when former international Craig Hamilton was yellow carded in the second half it proved expensive with Neil Turnbull and Blair Cochrane touching down for scores.

National One top try scorer Jacob Adamson added a couple for Falkirk including a vital bonus point clincher at the end to take his tally to 14 for the season, while second placed Isao Matacagi raised his tally to 12 for Dundee to give the Taysiders something to take home with them.

Liam Brims was in fine form with the boot collecting three penalties and three conversions for a personal total of 15 on the day, keeping Dundee at arms length.

Falkirk got off to a good start with Jacob Adamson scoring after just four minutes on the clock and Brims converting, but Ronan Joy reduced the deficit when collecting an accurate chip ahead. Two Brims penalties made it 13-5 at the turn.

Brims punished Dundee’s indiscipline again just after half-time, then converted the first penalty try when referee Graeme Ormiston lost patience with the visitors’ pack. But when Craig Hamilton was yellow carded soon after, Dundee added 14 quick points to get themselves back to within four points.

Adamson bagged his second following a kick ahead but the match was won by the hosts through a second penalty try, with Owen Dyer also being shown the yellow. Brims’ conversion made it 35-19 but a valuable bonus point for Dundee thanks to Matacaga’s last minute try gave them something to take back with them.

Man-of-the-Match: Falkirk  scrum-half Harry Russell ran the show.

Talking Point: Falkirk’s pack certainly got to grips with a Dundee eight who were not short of beef, and the influence of Craig Hamilton proved yet again what an asset he is.

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