Battling qualities come to the fore in Caledonia Shield success
Orkney RFC battled their way to Caledonia Shield success this afternoon, beating Dunfermline 17-7.
In a match of few try-scoring opportunities, Orkney’s determination and steely resolve saw them edge their Fife opponents in a stuffy encounter to pick up their first piece of silverware since 2015.
Two James Linklater penalties saw the hosts go 6-0 up at the break before Dunfermline turned the match on its head with a converted try.
Matt Jackson maintained his composure to kick the ball to the touchline and score Orkney’s only try to go back in front at 11-7.
Two more Linklater penalties — including one which hit the bar — saw Orkney crowned Caledonia Shield winners and send Orkney’s supporters home delighted.