ON A DAY that was more suited to flying a kite than playing rugby, a Hillfoots 2nd XV were defeated 22-14 by an Aberfeldy side which are yet to be beaten this season.

Aberfeldy started strongest and, playing into the strong wind, kept the ball in hand and were trying to play some rugby.

The ‘Foots defence was keeping them at bay but the attack was relentless. Eventually, space opened up out wide and the winger crossed the line to score in the corner with just under 10 minutes played.

This seems to kickstart the Rams into playing and they were starting to play some rugby. A strong run from Alex Cameron nearly resulted in a try for the visitors but some last ditch defending stopped any score.

The remainder of the half was very much a defensive effort from the Rams. Aberfeldy managed to score three further tries in the first half with only one being converted.

Coach David Stirrat emptied the bench at the break to bring on some more experience heads and fresher legs. This seemed to give a new lease of life to the Rams with Iain Anderson, Aaron Anderson and Jason Morgan all making yards.

‘Foots did manage to score about 15 minutes into the second half through Iain Anderson.

In a tactical move, Aidan Kerr was moved to scrum half and this seemed to move the Rams up another gear. Kerr controlled the pack well, fed the backs well and looked dangerous on the snipe.

It was the latter in which ‘Foots’ second try was scored. Spotting a gap at the side of the ruck, Kerr picked himself and ran in from 20 metres to score next to the posts, continuing his fine try scoring form. He added the extras himself.

The Rams kept pushing until the end of the match but were unable to add any further scores before the final whistle, with the final score 22-14.

Credit must be given to Aberfeldy for keeping the visitors out but ‘Foots definitely left some tries out there, with them failing to capitalise on having extra numbers out wide.

The bench made a major impact and the stand outs for ‘Foots being Aaron Anderson and Aidan Kerr in particular.

However, it was Iain Anderson who was awarded man of the match for his many probing runs whenever he received the ball.

The 2nd XV are in action again this Saturday away to Tay Hawks while the 1st XV play host to Blairgowrie.