Dundee HSFP and their full back Rory Lamont had much to celebrate after a stunning bonus-point win over Currie in the RBS Premiership match at Malleny Park that may prove a crucial psychological lift for both the Mayfield club and the Scotland cap.
For Lamont, pictured, who has been out of the game for almost a year, yesterday was his first tentative step back to regaining his place in the Glasgow team. “It was nice to get some game time under the belt. It’s been a difficult 11 months,” he said, adding: “It was better for me to be involved with a dominant team. I felt today that the intensity was huge. I was blowing a bit because I’m trying to build up my fitness.”
Watched by both Scotland coach Scott Johnson and his Glasgow boss Gregor Townsend, Lamont played for 60 minutes but it was an hour’s worth of rugby in which Dundee for the most part had control of the game with solid set-piece play, wonderful mobility from their forward pack, and tight defence behind the scrum where the Currie backs found their space closed down.
To their credit, Currie picked up the tempo in the second half, with Andy Binikos coming off the bench and injecting pace into the attack. But, by then, the Malleny Park men were chasing the game having handed Dundee a handsome early lead.
Dundee were 14 points clear with a try from their impressive No.8 Richie McIvor and three penalties from centre Jack Steele before Currie made an impression with a try from an interception by James Johnston and the conversion by Gregor Hunter.
Then, after prop Steve Longwell had barged through the Currie defence, Lamont was on hand to finish the move, Steele’s conversion giving Dundee a 21-7 half time lead.
An opportunist try by replacement lock Richie Hawkins and Steele’s conversion put Dundee further ahead but an unconverted try by Malcolm Peacock gave Currie hope, quickly dashed as Dundee wing Andy McLean made the running for the bonus-point try scored by stand-off Branden Laursen, again converted by Steele for an impressive win.