SHORT of a few key players injured last week, Alloa RFC were outgunned at Earlsfield by last season's divisional champions Dundee University Medics.

The home side fell behind to an early penalty before Lee Cairney squeezed over in the corner for the game's opening try.

The students were showing ominous signs in attack especially off turnover balls and racked up four tries to merit the bonus point within the first 25 minutes.

They stretched further clear before Alloa pulled a score back before the break, Stuart Milligan picking up and driving over from close in.

The score stood at 10-34 at half time with the second act very much following the pattern of the first half.

Alloa fell off tackles while Dundee were clinical in finishing once they got behind the home defence.

The only moment of joy for the home side was a second try by Cairney which the Alloa winger converted himself.

Alloa were well served by their finishing back row of Dale Foster, Gary Taylor and Daniel McGookin and centre Dan Small made some good breaks in midfield.

Despite the disappointing scoreline, Alloa did play well in phases.

However, they will rue not converting chances close to the Dundee try line and will look to improve on coughing up the ball in the contact situation the Dundee side profited on to good effect.

In the end, Dundee left the Wee County 17-67 winners.

The home squad will need to dig deep while hoping the injuries improve as they travel away to Carnoustie on Saturday.