An away win

Strathmore chartered a plane to take the squad of 18 players, the management team, supporters and sponsors up to Orkney for the first league game of the new season.

Strathie knew they would find it difficult against an experienced Orcadian team and this coupled with the high winds and rain meant the men in black were unable to play their open fast style of rugby.

However, the team dug in defensively and kept Orkney on the backfoot for much of the first half due to an impressive work rate.

Two Stewart Ross penalties were the difference at half-time as Strathie earned a well deserved 6-0 lead.

The second half started at a furious pace with the black forwards making the hard yards and some good runs from the backs cutting apart the home defence.

A debut try from Fraser McKay came as a result of the pressure with the Montrose man almost walking through a stretched and confused Orkney defensive line.

The last 15 minutes of play was end to end action as both teams through everything at the opposition for the win, thankfully Strathie’s superior fitness and never say die attitude secured a fine away victory.