Honours Even for 2XV at Hughenden

Hillhead Jordanhill 2XV 19 points Hamilton 3XV 19 points

This was a fine advert for West Reserve league 1 rugby with both sides showing a willingness to play running rugby on the very firm surface of the Great Western Road pitch at Hughenden. Hills were given a stirring lead both in the line out and in open play by captain and second rower, Toby Mitchell. who ran himself into the ground for his side’s cause. The home scrum was also dominant throughout, but the Hamilton defence was effective in keeping the Hills attackers at bay for almost all of the first half until Mitchell burst through on a fine line from within the twenty two to score at the posts. Stand off Hugo Gesta converted, but the visitors hit back just before half time with an unconverted try to leave Hills two points to the good at the interval.

Hills piled further ahead in the second half with two further tries, one converted by Gesta. For the first of these, full back Daniel Hespe broke well from deep in his own half, but was pulled down some thirty metres short of the try line. Quick re- possession from the breakdown and fine fingertip passing from the French midfield trio put hooker Callum Kettles into space some five metres out and he plunged over for his score. Hills second score in the half was down to very good continuity rugby from backs and forwards which put open side flanker, Berthomé in the clear some ten metres out and there was no stopping him.

With a fourteen point cushion and play just in the final quarter, Hills relaxed and the stuffy Hamilton side began to win more fifty/fifty ball to press hard in the Hills twenty two. After seventy five minutes, their pack drove hard for the line and scored with the conversion a formality. Hills could not take the play out of their own twenty two, and with the final move of the game, the Hamilton scrum half ran laterally taking the rush defence with him and then reverse passed to his intruding full back who crashed over to score. The visitors’ scrum half piloted the conversion home and fulltime honours were even. Great game for the players, spectators and referee, Neil Wood.

Hills 2nd XV – Daniel Hespe, Callum Weir, Hugo Defienne (Sean Smith), Alban de Chaillé, Anoosha Rajasooriya, Hugo Gesta, Andy Blair (Alex Gibbons), Martyn Low (Michael Sinclair), Euan Ramage (Callum Kettles), Daryll “Kitschoff” Elvin, Toby Mitchell (C), Loïs Legendre, Chris Crome, Chris Brooks (Matthew Pettigrew), Firmin Berthomé. Subs All used

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