End of National Cup Run for the Hills

Hillhead/Jordanhill 10 points     St. Boswells 27 points

For parts of this second round BT National Cup tie, particularly in the first half, Hills were very much the equal of their visitors from the Borders, but unfortunately the spells of continuity rugby they were able to generate were limited. St. Boswell were much more adept at taking their chances and indeed were ruthless, seizing on some frailties in Hills defence on three occasions to score tries. The first was from a close range driven line out ; the second was from a charge down of a brave attempt to kick out of defence, while the third came from poorish first up tackling.

St. Boswells fourth try and final score of the evening which, astonishingly, came in the 38th minute of the first half resulted from an opportunistic break from the visitors twenty two right down the middle of the field with a final chip kick over the despairing Hills defence for the touchdown. Among all of that, Rory Harte displayed his faultless line kicking from hand, making prodigious ground when St. Boswells offended at the breakdown. Unfortunately, Hills could not kick on quickly enough from these field positions. Dan Williams scored a wonderful solo try, his first for the Hills, from the base of a ruck and Euan Brown added the conversion to his earlier penalty goal.

Kicking down the slope in the second half, Hills, seventeen points adrift, would have expected to take the game to their visitors, but apart from some typical dashes from Jimmy Griffith on the right wing, some effective ball carrying from replacement prop, Ross Fergusson, and occasional bursts of aggressive scrummaging, nothing changed on the scoreboard. Even when St. Boswells were reduced to fourteen for a technical offence, Hills huffed and puffed but failed to make any significant inroads into a resolute Borders defence. St. Boswells,without too much difficulty, held onto their second half lead to see them comfortably through to round 3 of the BT National Cup on the 10th February 2018. Hills will play St. Boswells again on the 9th December but this time away in the Borders. Before then, however, they are on the road to Haddington when the National league programme resumes on the 2nd December.

Hills 1st XV: Craig Colvin, Jimmy Griffith, Scott Halliday, Euan Brown ( Scott Busby ), Arnaud Bauchet, Rory Harte ( Euan Brown ), Dan Williams, Ross Jackson ( Ross Fergusson ), Harry Singh ( Preston McGoldrick ), Maurice Adams ( Ryan Williamson ), James Acheson, Chris Warnock, James Reekie, Ryan Reilly, Owen Gemmell ( C ) ( Scott McMillan ) Subs all used.