On Saturday Mackie FPs 2nd XV welcomed Garioch 2nd’s for their first home game of the season following a solid opening win away to Peterhead.
It was this great early work from the Mackie pack that led to a clever kick from scrum half Potter into the Garioch 5m line, which was the catalyst for a turnover and ultimately a score in the corner by full back Dave Garden courtesy of quick hands by winger Kieran Ferguson.
Mackie’s tails were up and the second score came within a blink. Quick recycling at the breakdown saw fly half Alex Thurlow speed the ball out via straight hands from his backs for Ferguson to sniper into the corner after a brief juggling act!
Real buoyancy was now evident in Mackie’s play and they were on a roll. Thurlow who had a blinder of a game was controlling the play with great poise and launched the next attack when he took the ball to the line to release inside centre Dan Lane down the right and break through the Garioch defense with his tigerish running to set up Garden for his second score of the match under the posts.
Number 8 Mark Coull then powered over from 5m with a pick and drive from the back of the scrum and hooker Andrew Mitchell duly followed suit when he outsprinted the Garioch defence courtesy of a quick tap and go from Potter.
Mackie finished the half with another score after good rumbling work from second rowers Newell and Kindness in the midfield that saw another zigzagging run from Lane allowing Potter to score under the posts.
The champagne rugby continued in the second half as the whole team played a part in setting up outside centre Chris Kay to score two quick tries in succession. Try machine Mark Beadie got in on the action with a brace of tries to continue his good form. His first try in particular was a delight and gained a roaring applause from the Redcloak faithful. Lane finally got his name on the score sheet after a blistering run from inside his own half beating 5 men on his way to the line and cap off a brilliant return to the Mackie fold.
Prop Gareth Walker cascaded his way over the line to score his maiden try for the club after taking a clean ball off the halfbacks. Soon after Garden glided over for his hat-trick and Coull bagged his second try of the match after some great support work from Kay and Lane.
Constant peppering from second rower Newell and honesty calls between the players saw Mackie up their game again for the closing 5 mins and the relentless pressure once again in the Garioch half allowed Beadie to nab his second try of the match and close the game out 78-7.
This was a great all round performance and Mackie now sit 2nd in Caledonian League 3.