McLeod on top form in bonus point result

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THE YM juggernaut continued on Saturday at Stewartry as their unbeaten record remained intact.

But they were made to work every inch for their bonus point victory at Castle Douglas thanks to their stuffy opponents and a dubious official.

It was an unassuming start to the first half, which was dominated by the man in the middle. All the scoreboard could boast was a solitary Stewartry penalty, before the YM finally got their noses in front with a great try from full-back Chris Ritson who went in at the corner after exploiting an overlap.

Stephen Hill and Dean McCracken were both harshly shown yellow cards for a marginally late hit and dissent respectively, but the Redskins held on well despite the numerical disadvantage to go in at half-time with a slender lead.

The second half saw more of the same but the visitors managed to get three excellent tries by Craig Robson, Hill and Ryan Halliday, two of which were converted by Armstrong and Ritson.

Stewartry scored their consolation try in the last minute.

Man-of-the-match, chosen by the supporters, was outside centre Scott McLeod for the second week in a row.

Coach Jammy McFarlane said: “To get a bonus point win was brilliant.

“Up front I thought Alistair Turnbull was magic, he’s a workhorse and a tackling machine.”