“Hills” Poor Second Half Display Proves Costly

Hillhead/Jordanhill 10 pts Murrayfield Wanderers 38 pts  

It was a glum lot of “Hills” supporters who trudged off at final whistle to the warmth of the Hughenden Clubhouse. “Hills” were well beaten by a rampant Wanderers side who played a lively brand of rugby in their second half display. Hopes were high, however, after the first half which saw the “Hills” down by ten points to nineteen but still to hit down the slope to the Gartnaval end of the ground . The promise of the first half soon evaporated though, as Murrayfield tightened up in all areas of the game to run in nineteen unanswered second half points.

A Strong First Half

“Hills” played some good rugby in the first half with Euan Brown kicking an early penalty. He then continued to run the “show” from standoff to score a fine individual try. After good build up play, a deft grubber kick was placed through an advancing defence by Brown who picked up and then touched down under the posts. Brown was injured in grounding the ball but Darren Knox converted the try to take “Hills” ten points to seven ahead after twenty five minutes. “Hills” continued to have further chances through Rory Harte’s counter attacking skills. On another night, these might have yielded scores, but the visiting defence held sway. Elsewhere, “Hills” were profligate on two separate occasions by ignoring overlaps and instead opting for cross kicks. The visitors were certainly on the back foot for parts of the first half but were well contained by fine defensive work by Scott Halliday in the centre and Alex Armstrong and Scott McMillan on the flanks.

“Wandies” Kick On In The Second Half

The second half saw “Hills” disappear as an attacking force. Jimmy Griffith was pugnacious in a final frantic last five minutes when the ball was worked to the wing. However, it was really too little too late. By then, Murrayfield Wanderers had run in three fine tries and generally dominated all phases of the play. The “Hills” players did not lack for effort, but the overall game experience was a chastening one for all who had been in such ebullient form at the North Inch in the middle of February .

This coming weekend sees all three Men’s XV’s in action again. The 1XV take on Dalziel away at Clelland, the 2XV are at Hughenden against Cartha Queens Park 2XV, with the 2A’s taking on Cumnock 2XV away.

“Hills “ 1st XV Darren Knox, Rory Harte , Scott Halliday , James Reekie ( Scott Busby ) , Jimmy Griffith, Euan Brown , Dan Williams , Ross Jackson ( Mark Barrowman ) , Harry Perston , Ross Ferguson ( Maurice Adams ) , James Acheson , Bill Kenny ( Charlie Smillie ) , Scott McMIllan, Owen Gemmell ( C ) ( Bill Kenny ) Alex Armstrong Subs all used.

Words: Bernie Mitchell

Pictures: Hamish Adamson