Stewartry proved too strong for a young Wigtownshire team on Saturday, running in seven tries to equal their third best result against the local rivals since the Blacks reformed in 1970.
A first minute penalty for Stewartry set the tone, Cammy Fenwick converting the easy kick, but they wouldn’t get it all their own way as Wigtownshire kept possession for a good five-minute spell, picking and driving forward time and time again against a strong Blacks defence.
After 10 minutes a break by forwards McCulloch and Porteous took them to within 30 metres of the Shire line where they won a penalty.
Fenwick missed the kick but the Blacks kept the pressure on and, from a scrum, Ian Fenwick broke with Danny Boyd to put fullback John Muir in for the opening try, which Fenwick converted.
A bit of a skirmish at the next scrum saw Shire down to 13 men with one yellow-carded and another off for treatment to a cut head as Cammy Fenwick converted his second penalty.
McCulloch took possession from the kick-off and, with prop Ian McMorran, made a good 20 metres into the Shire half.
From a cleanly taken line-out by Porteous, Swalwell broke wide to set Wallace away and he found Boyd inside with a suicide pass in the Shire 22.
Stewartry kept the pressure on the stretched Shire defence and a fine backs passing move from the half way deep into the Shire half gave McCulloch the chance for a kick and chase to touch down in the corner for his first try of the season, although the conversion was missed.
Shire continued to give away a number of penalties and from a quick break John Muir was just too greedy and delayed his pass to deny a scoring chance.
On the half hour Shire, back to a full compliment of players, broke from their own line and drove upfield to the Blacks 22 before being stopped.
Ian Fenwick and Craig Mosey relieved the pressure before John Muir put in a big clearance kick just before half-time as the Blacks enjoyed an 18-0 lead.
They started the second half with Danny Burton, Mosey, Fenwick and Wallace taking the game into the Shire half, forwards Liam Henderson and Tommy Cannon driving on before a Muir kick gave Fenwick the chance to set vice captain Danny Burton in for his first try of the season, Cammy Fenwick converting.
The kick-off went straight out and Stewartry won the scrum back with Fenwick, Farquhar and replacement David Kerr making his mark with a chip ahead for John Fingland.
Wigtownshire won a penalty which was cleaned up by Muir before prop Tommy Cannon broke through the Shire defence to score for a second week in a row, the fourth try giving Stewartry their 12th bonus point of the season before Craig Mosey added the conversion.
David Kerr was keen to show what he could do, breaking with Stuart Broll and Jamie Farquhar only for Danny Boyd to be cleaned out again. Wigtownshire were still putting in some hard tackles and had the Blacks backed into their 22 before Stewartry broke away to score a fifth try – a second for wing forward Stevie McCulloch after a pass from Mosey, who then missed the conversion.
Mosey made up for the miss with a 50-metre clearance kick which saw McCulloch off chasing his hat-trick of tries.
With 20 minutes left, Shire tested John Fingland with two high kicks which he fielded and returned with interest.
Stewartry scored a sixth try when David Kerr scored a fine individual effort and Mosey added the conversion.
Shire battled back into the Stewartry 22 but they just could not finish off their chances and soon Stewartry were back just short of the line, Robert Wallace was stopped from doubling his season’s try total.
With three minutes to go Mosey kicked to the corner and from the lineout Cannon was stopped short before lock forward Liam Henderson crashed over for the seventh and final try.
Stevie McCulloch was given his first ever conversion attempt as reward for his two tries but he missed.
Stewartry ran out 47-0 winners to keep the pressure on Annan and Lenzie, who have a number of games in hand. Wigtownshire have now gone five games without a win.
Stewartry squad: J Muir, J Fingland, Danny Boyd, C Fenwick, R Wallace, C Mosey, J Farquhar, I McMorran, D Burton, T Cannon, L Henderson, R Porteous, P Swalwell, S McCulloch, I Fenwick, S Broll, A Kerr, D Kerr, M Smith. All subs used.