HILLS PLAY POORLY IN SECOND CONSECUTIVE HOME LEAGUE DEFEAT
Hillhead Jordanhill 12 points Howe of Fife 26 points
Judged on any criteria, this was a desperately poor performance from Hllls, who have now lost consecutive home matches against Clubs in the top half of the National league 3 table. On this occasion, visitors Howe of Fife deserved their victory by 3 goals and one try to one goal and one try. At no stage in this game, played with bags of intensity but replete with handling errors, were Hills ahead.
Hills played with the slope, but against the wind in the first half and were predominately on the back foot in defence. Despite having a clear advantage in the set scrum, little could be made of the ball that was won due to slow, poorish distribution, apart from when Scott Halliday made some hard yards in attack in the 12 channel. There was a tendency for over elaboration in the line out, particularly with the ball thrown to 2 from the touchline; yet Fraser Hepburn provided a reliable source of ball from the middle of the lineout. Elsewhere over the 80 minutes at least 3 try scoring opportunities were scorned in either 2 v1 or 3v2 situations. It was not a happy watching experience for the home crowd, but they livened up whenever back rower, Calum Griffiths, had the ball in hand. His quick thinking in running 2 tap penalties set up the field position from which Scott Halliday drove over for Hills first score which Rory Harte converted. That brought the first half to a close with the score 12-7 for visitors Howe.
A good start in the 3rd quarter was vital for Hills, but sloppiness and poor communication in defence was to cost them dear with Howe being gifted their third try which they converted. The next score was critical and thanks once again to the physicality and determination of Calum Griffiths it came from the back row forward with his unstoppable close range driving. At 19-12 Hills were back in the game, and, for a good 10 minute spell, camped in the visitors 22 with a series of pick and go drives. Unfortunately these were all one dimensional, always favouring the open side rarely trying to bring left winger, Ciaran Callaghan, a fine finisher, in from the cold. The inevitable happened; Hills lost the ball; and Howe made their way downfield, running well through several despairing tackles to score the decisive try to win the game, comfortably and emphatically in the end by 26-12.
Hills coaching staff and their 1st team squad now have to lift themselves for their next home game this coming Saturday, November 13, vs Perthshire. ; adherence to a simple game plan, based on a less fluid format, might be the way ahead. The game is scheduled to KO at 11.00, given the 13.00 start at BT Murrayfield for the South African International.
|November 6, 2021
|Tennent's National League Division 3
|HJRFC Men 1st XV
|Howe of Fife RFC 1XV
HJRFC Men 1st XV
Howe of Fife RFC 1XV