HILLS HANG ON FOR HARD FOUGHT WIN IN THE CAPITAL
Murrayfield Wanderers 16 points Hillhead Jordanhill 20 points
Fortunately by the time the game started, Pluvius, who had made his presence felt at the west end of the M8 corridor, had diverted elsewhere, allowing the game to proceed with few interruptions on the wonderfully upgraded Roseburn Park turf. However, this was a hard watch for the faithful few who followed the Hills to the Capital. There was little of the champagne rugby, which had seen off Greenock Wanderers the previous week ; instead it was an 80 minute struggle, full of resilience, for the callow Hills against the physically more mature Murrayfield side with little, if anything between the squads. The pattern of scoring across the game is indicative of its tight nature : 0-7, 5-7, 8-7, 8-10 ( half time ) , 8-13, 15-13, 15-16, 20-16 ( Hills first ).
Hills had 100% return on their own line out and parity in the scrum with occasional dominance, but too often ran laterally in open field play, except when inside centre, Scott Halliday, crossed the gain line to set up frontfoot ball. But continuity rugby was in short supply, as handling errors proliferated and water tight defences remained strong. On the first occasion Hills moved the ball wide into open field play, right winger Graham Davidson scored a fine try which was disallowed due to a foot in touch. Other opportunities were limited, apart from a try scored by Hills hooker, Harry Perston after a series of close range drives. Rory Harte added a penalty goal, but for such a reliable place kicker, he had a poorish afternoon off the “ tee”.
Hills had few chances in the second half to put the outcome of the game beyond doubt. However they did become dangerous when they managed to put some phases together. Scrum half, Craig Colvin, broke well in the home 22 and after 3 rucks, sub Preston McGoldrick squeezed over the line for a try which Rory Harte converted. But Murrayfield would not lie down and it took a fine team try to take Hills 4 points ahead with 10 minutes to go.
A pin point accurate kick from stand off Rory Harte in open field to his right winger, Graham Davidson was gathered on the full. His run from half way was just stopped 5 metres short of the home try line, but excellent follow up work from Calum Griffiths and then Harry Perston saw the Hills hooker score his second try of the game. The final 10 minutes were very nervous and eventful for all involved. Hills could not lift the Murrayfield pressure effectively when they had the chance, but elsewhere dug very deep to keep their line intact. They achieved that thanks to a fine, spirited display from all 19 players involved.
Hills next play Perthshire RFC at Hughenden on Saturday October 9th with a 15.00 KO.
Hills Squad Russell Tong ( Finlay Keegan ), Graham Davidson, Ciaran Callaghan, Scott Halliday, Ruiri Taylor, Rory Harte ( C ), Craig Colvin, Darry Elvin ( Michael Degnan ), Harry Perston, Ross Jackson, Blair Colvin ( Davide Sanders ) , Fraser Hepburn, Davide Sanders ( Preston McGoldrick ), James Reekie ( Calum Weir ) and Calum Griffiths.
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