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Highland run in seven tries as they storm to victory in Inverness over Cartha Queens Park

By Will Clark

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HIGHLAND continued their quest for fifth place in National One when they thrashed Cartha Queens Park 47–17 at Canal Park to pick up another bonus point victory.

Highland Rugby Club v Cartha Queens Park 09 April 2022:. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Highland Rugby Club v Cartha Queens Park 09 April 2022:. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The win keeps them within touching distance of fifth place Ayr who are four points behind and three points behind Kelso with a game in hand on the top two.

Highland were involved in a fierce battle in the first half as they only managed to scored two tries through Owen McDonald and Scott Fraser who managed to convert one of the tries.

But Highland dominated the second half as they scored a further five tries through Calum Carson, Craig Findlater, Patrick Ratumasese, Andrui Muirtoki and Rory Cross, with four of those tries being converted.

Head coach Dave Carson says he was disappointed with the slow start his team made in the first half.

But he was pleased with how they took on instruction during the interval to run out comfortable winners in the second half.

“It was a slow start and we got a couple of good tries in the first half,” said Carson.

“But we spluttered and stuttered and were trying to do the miracle stuff instead of the basic stuff.

“We said if we managed to keep the ball for four or five phases and the gaps will open up and we can score the tries.

“But in the first half we were only 12–5 ahead which was quite disappointing.

“We chatted at half time and I told them to just go through the phases, keep the ball and we did that which resulted in us running in another five tries in the second half which was pleasing to see.”
Highland play their penultimate game of the season and their final home match in Inverness when they take on Boroughmuir on Saturday.

Carson in targeting five points at Canal Park this weekend and go into their final match away to Biggar aiming to pull off another victory to round off their campaign.

“We challenged the boys to pick up 15 points from our final three home games and then go down to Biggar which will be a difficult task but totally achievable.

“Biggar are out of the title running as it is either Gala or Heriot’s that are going up.

“Boroughmuir are relegated, but it could be a tricky encounter, because they are a team which have nothing to lose.

“They will do things they don’t normally do when trying to win points.”

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