ON A brisk sunny day at Whitecrook, Clydebank 1st XV hosted Cambuslang and opened proceedings with a bang as a first-half five try salvo which paved the way for a 43-29 bonus point win against the league leaders of West Division 2.

Graeme Kyle bagged a hat-trick of tries but it was David Warden who was the star of the show with some impressive power running from the number eight who also scored two of his own.

The Red and Black’s forward pack went on the front foot immediately and within 10 minutes they were two tries to the good.

Kyle broke away from a driving maul to burrow over from close range, and then showed some impressive power running himself after some more good build up play from the forwards.

Vice-captain Jamie Boyd was rewarded with some great support play as Warden took the direct route from a lineout in midfield, gaining 30 metres and deftly offloading to his back-row partner Boyd who was on hand to finish off close to the posts.

There were only 15 minutes gone at this point but Bank had the upper hand in both possession and territory.

The pack was regularly shunting back the away side with some impressive scrummaging.

Warden capitalised on this dominance to get the fourth and bonus point try within 20 minutes as he powered through.

David McLintock then scored Bank’s fifth try of the match with a finely taken score to extend the lead to 33 unanswered points with Jack McCombe kicking four conversions.

Cambuslang had the last say of the half when they replied with two quick-fire tries of their own to remind the home side that they were top of the league for a reason.

A quick throw-in caught Bank by surprise and a scything run through the absent midfield defence by their full back gave them a glimmer of hope going into half time with the scores at 33-14.

After throwing away a 17-point lead in the reverse fixture, Bank were wary of a Cambuslang comeback and endured a nervy second half as they did just that.

Some poor defence allowed the visitors a sniff at some chances and they scored three tries in a defiant comeback, with a length of the field try from a scrum the highlight of their scores.

With 10 minutes left Kyle scored his third and Warden completed his double to put the game out of sight for the Red and Black’s.

The match ended 43-29 with both sides claiming a try scoring bonus point.

The win leaves Cambuslang still perched on top of the league with Bank remaining in fourth.

The 2nd XV endured a tough day out, beaten 76-12 by a strong East Kilbride.