Aug 12 2010 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
CARLUKE Tigers won the Co-operative Rugby League Conference Grand Final following a tense 18-10 triumph over Edinburgh Eagles.
Playing in perfect conditions at GHA’s Braidholm, Carluke won the toss and kicked off.
The game was played at a ferocious pace, with neither side giving an inch for the first 25 minutes, and possession changing hands after every set of six.
Carluke made the breakthrough with a link of quality passes releasing Kyle Matheson on the right wing to score under the posts, with Ross Bryan converting to secure six points.
Tigers scored again when Jamie McAulay battered through to fall over the Edinburgh line five minutes later, but Bryan failed to convert.
The game stopped for 10 minutes after Giles Lomax collided with Chris Howieson, with the latter fracturing his cheekbone.
The remaining five minutes of the half continued as a stalemate and Tigers led 10-0 at half-time.
Eagles pulled four points back when a succession of penalties allowed them to camp within 10 metres of the try-line and Mike Wallace charged through on a tight angle, cutting through the defence to crash over 10 metres to the left of the uprights.
Gregor Porteous failed to convert.
Edinburgh were keen to pull the score back further but got caught in possession, allowing Kyle Matheson to gather and dart 80 metres upfield, dancing through the defence before offloading to Ross Bryan, who scored under the posts, but was unable to convert, leaving the score at 14-4.
Eagles responded with a flurry of skilful play that released Gregor Porteous to run 30 metres before scoring under the posts, converting his own try and bringing the score back to 14-10.
Tigers stretched their lead in the 36th minute of the second half when Bryan received an offload two metres short of the line but managed to force his way over. The conversion was missed by Carluke led 18-10.
Edinburgh responded but were denied a comeback by strong Carluke defending, forcing the Eagles to knock-on and prompting the final whistle.