Injuries and unavailability forced Quintan Sanft to field a thoroughly inexperienced line-up against a strong Aberdeen side, anxious to progress into the top four. Almost from the kick-off the Rubislaw men controlled the ball and the Blues ended on the wrong end of a ten try hammering.
In the Kirkcaldy back line only centre Cameron Goodall remained in the position he had filled the week before with Sanft having to move to inside centre. Making their first start in senior rugby were teenage twins Conor and Kurt Littlejohn.
Aberdeen won a penalty in their own half in the first minute and found touch deep in Kirkcaldy territory. Winning the ensuing line-out easily, they retained possession through several phases until full back Steven Aitken made the most of some flimsy Kirkcaldy tackling to score near the posts to give Rob Lawson a straightforward conversion.
On the resumption there was no hint of the avalanche to follow as Kirkcaldy glided past the Aberdeen defence to set up a ruck near the visitors’ 22 at which they went offside. Sanft’s kick made the score 7-3.
Cameron Goodall came closed to the try line for the Blues
With the Kirkcaldy side running back into position, Aberdeen hooker Billy Russell took a smart re-start kick into empty space in the Kirkcaldy 22. All the Blues could do was to put the ball out of play again. From the line-out Grammar moved the ball swiftly to the left, releasing centre Sam Ryan who strolled in for the first of his three tries, again converted by Lawson. This setback hardly deterred the Blues and from an aggressive restart forced another penalty, again kicked by Sanft making the score 14-6 after 14 minutes.
This was as good as it got for the Blues and for the remainder of the game they had to endure wave after wave of attacks, especially from first phase possession. Aberdeen were comfortably able to play through the ten minutes winger Colin Phillips spent in the bin without any real Kirkcaldy challenge.
They should have extended their lead well before the 39th minute when they scored their third try through No 8 Murray Douglas Their hands had let them down several times against a rapidly stretched Kirkcaldy defence and it seemed a matter of time before they ran away with the game. Their bonus point try came in stoppage time from Niall Shannon which made the half time score 24-6.
Seldom can a Kirkaldy side been so badly outplayed as they were in the second half when Grammar scored six more tries, leaving the Blues as little more than onlookers.
Jamie Watson heads a Kirkcaldy attack
Ryan had three more tries and further scores from Fraser Lyall, Chris Allan, Rob Lawson and Martyn Faville emphasised their side's overwhelming superiority. Perhaps it was fortunate for the Blues that only four of the ten tries were converted.
C Harvey, C Littlejohn, C Goodall, Q Sanft, J Watson, G McKenzie, K Littlejohn, J Brown, G Wallace, G Mangalo, S Orr, K Fraser, D Turner, R van Rensberg, M Harvey
Replacements:- A Marshall, W Gray, S Mitchell, G Hannah
S Aitken, C Phillips, S Ryan, F Lyall, G Walker, R Aloe, R Lawson, N Fraser, B Russell, C McConnachie, S Smith, M Faville, S Warnock, T McGuinness, M Douglas
Replacements:- S Knudson, A Dickson, N Shannon, C Allan
F Balharry (Arbroath)
FFP STAR CHECK
3 Camerton Goodall
2 Matt Harvey
1 Shaun Orr
8 Thomson, M Harvey
5 L Neilson
3 Dunnett, Turner
2 G Wallace
1 Oliver, McConnell, van Rensberg, Orr