Mar 13 2009 by Clair Fullarton, Kilmarnock Standard
KILMARNOCK travelled to Marress on Saturday to take on close neighbours Irvine, having already comprehensively beaten them at home earlier this season.
Despite this, and the confidence of the Kilmarnock side, nothing was being taken for granted, and discipline and control were the watch words from the outset.
Driving rain and strong winds meant that there was every chance of a scrappy game, but Kilmarnock defied the conditions to race to a 17-0 lead within the first ten minutes, scoring three excellent tries, one of which was converted by captain Tom Steven.
The well-drilled Kilmarnock side displayed some excellent driving through their forwards, with Cammy Muir to the fore, setting up a continual supply of ball for the slick backs to utilise.
It seemed only a matter of time before Kilmarnock extended their lead, but a couple of lapses in concentration allowed Irvine back into the match, with two tries being scored against the run of play, both of which were converted.
However, order was restored and Kilmarnock ran in another two tries before half-time, one of which was converted by Tom Steven. Half time 29-14 to Kilmarnock.
With the wind at their backs, Kilmarnock completely dominated the second half running in 31 unanswered points and taking their try total to 10 in the process.
It was particularly impressive, given the weather conditions, that four of the second half tries came from quick transference of the ball through several sets of hands.
This was a clinical and powerful display by the Kilmarnock side against a dogged and resilient Irvine team who never gave up to the last, and credit must go to both sets of players for providing such an entertaining match in poor conditions.
Kilmarnock’s try scorers were Cammy Muir (3), Tom Steven (3), McKenzie Pearce (1), Ryan Moffat (1), Andy Redmayne (1) and Fraser Woods (1). Tom Steven slotted five conversions.
There were too many excellent individual performances to elect a single man of the match but Cammy Muir, Tom Steven, Mackenzie Pearce and Fraser Woods were the cream of the crop for Kilmarnock with Irvine’s Chris Butler a stand out for the home side.