HJRFC Men 1st XV vs Berwick RFC 1st XV




Hillhead Jordanhill 1st XV 22 points Berwick 1st XV 32 points

This fixture,  the first for Hills in 3 weeks of “ Covid disrupted “ rugby, was as good and intense  a domestic  game as you would wish to see.   It was a clash of two differing cultures with the home side anxious to play high octane rugby at every opportunity,  while the visitors  were more direct,   operating  to a simpler format with fewer errors.

Hills were ahead for only some 8 minutes in the whole game when they moved 5-3 in front with  a well orchestrated  Ciaran Callaghan try on the right wing, after fullback  Ruari  Taylor made space from a line entry from full back.  Berwick were soon back in front with a converted try from a forward rumble,  but Ruari Taylor finished well from a typical flowing lls f;owing three quarter Hills three quarter  movement to level the scores at 10-10.  Just prior to that  try, no. 8  Johnny Agnew had a wonderful try disallowed, the match referee ruling stand off Rory Harte’s pass was  marginally forward.

The first 25 minutes of the second  half belonged  to the visitors.  The sting was taken out of Hills attacks,  as the steady  stream of line ball from Johnny  Agnew evaporated and Berwick grew in confidence.  While the Hills scrummage  remained very solid, Berwick dominated  the breakdown area despite  the best  efforts of Calum Griffiths who had an outstanding 80 minute game in the loose  for the Hills.   Berwick advanced to 22-10 with some ease, silencing  even the most optimistic of the home support.  Yet  somehow  Hills came back into it, driven on  by the performance  of their pack who exerted  tremendous pressure on their opponents.  The “ Covid comeback kid” tight head prop , Darryl  Elvin, excelled to score 2 close  range tries, the second of which Rory Harte, who elsewhere  had for him a poor return off the kicking tee, converted.

The score  stood at 22-22 and there  were only some 5 minutes left to play.     The cognoscenti  among the  home support thought Hills would  retain their new found momentum,  but no-one had  considered that the Berwick players, their travelling support  and coaches ills wd retain the new fopundf moemtum  would have different ideas.      Unfortunately some slackness in the  Hills defence allowed  Seb Trotter, Berwick’s wily  no 13,  to put  Andrew Rosie on his way for a 40 metre run to the try line.  The Berwick stand off, the steady Webster, converted  and then rubbed salt into  the Hills wound by kicking a breakdown penalty to deny Hills a losing bonus point.

The full range of emotions  on the continuum from Triumph to Disaster were experienced  by the Hills players and their vocal support.     A single try bonus on the back of their 4 tries was a poor return from a game they might have won with just some more poise, but didn’t due  to Berwick’s fighting spirt and their refusal to concede,  when on many occasions they looked down and out in trying to repel Hills frequent attacks.

Hills now have to dig deep and find some resilience to take to Memorial Field when they play Ardrossan away with a 12.30 Kick off on Saturday 30th October, If they wish to maintain a title challenge  in Tennents Light National league 3.


Date Time League Season
October 23, 2021 TBD Tennent's National League Division 3 2021-22


32 Hughenden Rd, Glasgow, Glasgow City, G12 9XP, UK


HJRFC Men 1st XV22
Berwick RFC 1st XV32

HJRFC Men 1st XV

Position T C P DG

Berwick RFC 1st XV

Position T C P DG

Leave a comment

Other News