On a soft pitch, with little wind, a strong-looking Titans team had a rare chance of playing on the main pitch at Mayfield, and made the most of the opportunity, running in a total of 12 tries.
Dundee kicked off and were first on the attack, the scrum showing early signs of superior strength. Insecure handling, however, prevented an early break-through, but, in the event, Dundee opened their account in 7 minutes, after a line-out drive from the 22 reached the line. The ball was held up, but Dundee drove the resultant scrum over the line for a touch-down by Pete Redmayne. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
3 minutes later, Dundee increased their lead after a break from a scrum by Pete Redmayne enabled a feed to Christian Avis, who scampered through under the posts for a try which he converted with a drop-kick.
The second of two successive penalties against Dundee allowed Cartha to aim for goal and their stand-off reduced the deficit with a long-range effort: 12 – 3 after 13 minutes.
Dundee had the better of the play for the next quarter of an hour, with several half-breaks by individuals, but it took that long for the next score. When Cartha were penalised on their 22, Dundee took a quick tap and the ball was worked left for Paul Ritch to dart over for an unconverted try. 29 minutes played and Dundee were17-3 ahead.
Dundee gathered possession from the kick-off, but handling errors prevented further pressure on the visitors’ line. Then, when Dundee pushed Cartha off a scrum ball in the Dundee half, Andrew Clarkson broke and passed to Neil Turnbull who made the 30 metres to the line for a try, converted by Maciu Saulailai. 32 minutes: Dundee 24 – Cartha 3.
Two minutes later and another scrum drive gave Callum Bowie the chance to break and he found Christian in support, with Pete Redmayne on hand to take the scoring pass and dot down under the posts, giving Maciu a straight-forward conversion. 31 -3 after 34 minutes.
With Dundee temporarily resting on their laurels, Cartha won possession after the re-start and worked the ball right for their winger to cross the line, for a try converted by the stand-off. 36 minutes played and the score moved to Dundee 31 Cartha 10.
Two further penalties against Dundee ended with a chance at goal on half-time, but this time the Cartha stand-off missed the target.
Half-time: Dundee Titans 31 Cartha QP 2nd XV 10
Dundee were obviously looking the stronger side, but were not dominating totally. Building phases, with strong support running was the message for the second half.
A good break by Ollie Davidson set Dundee on course after the re-start, but handling errors, followed by a lost line-out ball, let the Titans down. Dundee won back possession, however, and Christian threaded through attempted tackles to score. Maciu added the extra 2 points and Dundee were on their way again. 38-10 after 43 minutes.
Dundee won possession again after the resumption and Pete Redmayne broke from inside his own half to make the line, with Maciu converting. 45 -10 after 45 minutes.
Dundee kept up the offensive and the ball was worked back well down the right, ending in an unconverted try out wide by Stuart Barlow. 49 minutes played: Dundee 50 Cartha 10.
To their credit, Cartha kept at it, and a quickly-taken penalty led to a drive which resulted in their No 5 crashing over for a try, converted by the stand-off. 56 minutes gone: Dundee 50 Cartha 17.
Dundee’s next score followed in another four minutes, Christian breaking from well inside his own half and sprinting clear to score between the posts, for a try which he converted with another drop kick. 60 minutes gone: Dundee 57 Cartha 17
Dundee were moving the ball well down the right and, making the most of indifferent Cartha tackling, a try for Stuart Barlow followed three minutes later, with a good conversion from Maciu. Dundee 64 Cartha 17.
Another quick penalty opportunity four minutes later was seized by Pete Redmayne, who ran about 70 metres to score, with Maciu again converting and Dundee were 71 – 17 ahead. Dundee won possession from the kick-off and a big break by Pete led to the ball being passed to Christian, who raced over between the posts for another try and drop-kick conversion by himself. 78 – 17 with just over ten minutes remaining.
With a careless element entering Dundee’s play, the match then petered out without further scoring.
Full time: Dundee Titans 78 Cartha QP 2nd XV 17
In spite of a fair share of handling errors and being significantly on the wrong side of the penalty count, it was a mostly dominant and hugely pleasing performance from the Titans, featuring a number of strong individual performances, against a game, but ultimately fragile, Cartha side.
Tries: Pete Redmayne (4) Christian Avis (4) Stuart Barlow (2) Paul Ritch, Neil Turnbull
Conversions: Maciu Saulailai (6) Christian Avis (3)