Hillhead/Jordanhill 15 pts Aberdeenshire 54 pts
After forty minutes of play, although “Hills” were down by fourteen points to five, there was still all to play for in this NL 2 game at Hughenden, but an Aberdeenshire surge in the third quarter when they added some twenty six unanswered points saw off the gallant “Hills”, whose late response was too little to make any impact on either the final outcome or any losing bonus point.
In the first half “Hills” fired fitfully, being unable to derive much from an uneven contest on the touchline or an occasionally retreating scrummage. Yet the ball did pass through the hands on the occasions “Hills” won useful possession with half backs Duignan and Robbins, both prominent and inside centre, Scott Halliday, full of running. Full back and captain, Rory Harte, was also very attack minded, but it took the predatory skills of Bradley Robbins at stand off to open the scoring when he intercepted an attacking move from the visitors to scamper some seventy metres to score the opening home try. Thereafter in the first half “Hills” were mostly on the defensive, but their application to the tackle and the breakdown was exemplary and the first period finished with the visitors just ahead.
The third quarter was, however, one where the “Hills” players were at the receiving end of wave after wave of “Red and Black ” attacks, and, despite innumerable attempts to stem the tide, “Hills” eventually had to give way. Credit is due to the visitors for the way they advanced across the “gain line”, kept the ball alive and forced gaps in the “Hills” defensive lines. “Hills” then had to bear the sight of Bradley Robbins having to leave the field with a very serious ankle injury sustained innocuously in open field play with no-one near him. After seventy two minutes, “Hills” were to all extent “dead”, but not quite buried as Rory Harte nipped over from a smart backs move, and then Clement Tranier intercepted on his ten metre line and was chased by two visitors , but just managed to make the line to score the “Hills” third and final try.
This was another sobering afternoon for the players, coaching staff and the “Hills” faithful but there can be no criticisms of the endeavour of the players as they worked hard throughout to keep up with a well drilled opposition. Next Saturday, “Hills” play West of Scotland at Burnbrae, the fixture having a 14.00 hors KO.
“Hills 1st XV Rory Harte (C), Darren Knox, Dan Williams, Scott Halliday, Clement Tranier , Bradley Robbins, Conor Duignan (Ross Thomson) , George Stephenson, Callum Kettles , Carlos Celsis (Darryl Elvin), Rory Dewar, Scott Whiteford, Owen Gemmell, Ryan Reilly, Harry Cordner, (Fraser Gow) . All subs used
Bernie “The Bunnet” Mitchell