Category: Men’s 2A XV News

2A’s Break 2018 Duck Against Dalziel

Hillhead Jordanhill 2A XV 17 – Dalziel 3XV 14

Saturday saw a strong Hills 2A’s side host Dalziel in repeat of the close November encounter which saw Hills overcome Dalziel 31-33 away. After the previous week’s fixture with Greenock postponed due to flooded pitch, Hughenden was fortunate to enjoy excellent playing conditions this time round.

In the opening exchanges of the game it was Dalziel who demonstrated a greater physicality and managed to keep ball tight to the pack to maintain the initial possession advantage. However it was Hills that looked more dangerous ball-in-hand with some great runs in open play from both wing-forwards and a feisty Fergus Denton at 8. The midfield partnership of Euan McMahon and Ben Chaddock had pretty lean ball in opening quarter but made some good carries and distributed well to a strong back line after an excellent break from scrum-half Dean Campbell Drummond sent Dalziel defense scrambling. Some quick hands off the ruck finally managed to connect a flying Andy Bolster who duly held his man to put William Murphy away in the corner for the first score of the game.

However Hills failed to capitalize on the score and after many punishing phases Dalziel had won their way to 5 meters out and took advantage with a pick and go to ground behind the Hills posts.

Hills appeared to be in the ascendancy again before the break and in the next phase of possession Tom Donaldson tried to capitalize on a stretched defense with a cross-field kick to wing which did not quite come off. With the score 7-5 in favour of Dalziel at the break, Hills needed to focus on providing a better platform to execute more attacking options and take advantage of our pace out wide.

The start of the second half mirrored the start of the game with Dalziel claiming opening set-pieces to find themselves winning a scrum from a knock-on 10 meters out. Hills had defended well the repeated charges of Dalziel’s pack. But a scything run from the Dalziel outhalf stretched the Hills midfield to expose a gap which allowed him to cut inside for an easy try which he duly converted (i.e. a mis-tackle in the back line allowed them to score after being bounced by our pack…).

In the next phases Hills re-grouped with the front row matching the Dalziel challenge in the scrum to work the home side inside the Dalziel half before Tom Donaldson punted a sharp and rangy grubber through a gap to force a line out behind the 22. Hills, now looking more urgent, presented multiple attacking options before Finlay McMillan crashed over the line off the back of a ruck 2m out. The conversion went through the posts to put Hills in close range with 12-14 to the guests.

The following period saw lean pickings for both sides with some broken play and steely defenses halting momentum. However this ended with an inspired and incisive try from Dean Campbell Drummond, aka Dynamite Dean, who exploited a very narrow but exposed blind side from 10 meters out. The kick stayed shy of the posts but put Hills ahead 17-14. The game closed with Dalziel throwing repeated charges down the slope to take back the score. Hills defended well and demonstrated good enough discipline to ensure there was not a point taken in the Dalziel challenge until the liberating final whistle.

Hills will now look to build on this first win of ‘18 for the 2A’s with solid defense, discipline and more confident handling as positive improvements over the last few difficult games.

This game also saw a beautiful and too rare event to go unnoticed, as Niall Houston* received his first senior front rower star. Congratulations to him!

Report: Stephen Cunniffe
Picture: Ian McLennagham

Summer is Coming, and Tartan Touch at Hughenden

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC is very proud to have been selected as a new Tartan Touch Hub this season!
This summer, The Hills will host sessions at Hughenden of this very integrative and simplified non-contact version of Rugby. Minis, junior and senior players will all mix in, and welcome any new comers to the game and the club.

The rules are very easy and designed to maximise the fun around a rugby ball; please visit tartantouch.org for a preview.

More information will come following this announcement, stay tuned for details!

Hills 2As Blown Away by Strong Marr 3XV

The 2As went into their Saturday fixture hoping to set a marker after two disappointing defeats, however, they were out played by a talented Marr 3rd XV. The 2As set off for Ayshire slightly earlier than usual at the request of a 1:30pm by Marr RFC – however, kick off was delayed to closer to 1:50pm as Marr were late to show.

Andy Bolster, utility back, marked a return to Hills starting at scrum half after heading out to New Zealand for the Lions tour, only to find out he was 6 months too late. Don’t worry though he took plenty of selfies and fell off a bridge with a helmet cam. Sean Smith was also making a return after a friendly fixture at his former club (Clydebank RFC) ended in a nasty ankle injury. Yet more returns, this time Dr David Webster (congratulations on passing your VIVA)  and Jake Hayden returning to his usual role at centre. Last, but not least. Fergus Denton returns from suspension after receiving a red card in the early year success against Accies reserves.

Back to business – the team began their warm up familiarising themselves with the 3G surface and enjoying some touch, utilising their new found ability to run without running the risk of loosing a boot in the mud! Team Managers and club stalwarts Ian Mclennaghan and Hector MacIntrye then began running the team through their routine. Hector took the back to work on some set pieces while Ian and Sean worked the forward through their lineouts and drills. The team came together for their team runs, which ran with ease that the team were pumped and ready to go, high on confidence. However, kick off was then delayed by 20 mins.

It was remarked at how pivotal the strong winds would play in the first 40 minutes, noting that starting with the ball and playing down wind would set the foundations for a victory. Fergus Denton, Captain for the day, lost the toss and Marr opted to play down wind. Marr immediately put the wind to their advantage and ran in a few tries with their 7 and 8 catching the attention of all Hills attendees with the sharp running, physicality and strategy. Tragedy then struck after a string on high tackles by Marr led to Jake Hayden having to leave the pitch and be taken to hospital by Hector (rumour has it that he is a nurse and his wife is an engineer) our would be ambulance driver – to later find he had sustained a broken nose. The ball struggled to make it through the hands in the loose with the wind playing havoc on any kind of open play. Marr were unrelenting with their kicking game. Blair Johnston, fullback, made a great run from a retrieved kick, making a good 40 metres before another high tackle left him being taken off the pitch due to a concussion worry – he was replaced by Sean Smith. The referee did not reach for his pocket, but would soon be forced to do so minutes before half time for yet another high tackle by Marr. Peter Davidson, wing, was subbed for William Murphy shortly after the showing of card. Grant Payne then sustained a big hit, landing on the firm 3G and injuring his back, he continued on until half time where he was subbed off for Graeme Cannell who went to outside centre with NIck Watson moving to flanker.

Half time and Hills were down 28-0. Despite a well functioning scrum, the pressure set by Marr and the wind battered the squad.

Hills hoped the change in playing direction (now with the wind) would also change their fortunes. Sadly this wasn’t the case, Marr’s forward continued to carry well and their backs made a nuisance of themselves. Soon a try followed, without conversion, and Hills were on the back foot. Toby came off the wing in place of Iain Stewart. Marr continued to press and another 2 tries followed soon after. Grant Payne returned to the field to sure up the leaky wing, soon after Nick Watson made an inspired run, carving up Marr and dotting down between the cross. Bolster made sure not to miss this one like the Lions tour and slotted it between the post – shortly after the referee called time on Hills windy and down trodden day out.

Marr RFC 3XV 47 – HJRFC 2AXV 7

Report: Grant Payne
Photo: Courtesy of www.marrrugby.com

Hills 4XV Re-Born

Last Saturday, 6th of January, Hillhead Jordanhill lined up a 4th Men XV to answer Cartha’s Veterans invitation. A good range of Hills notorious players answered the call and dug out their boots for the occasion.

The match started at a frantic pace and, with only 3 minutes into the game, a perfectly weighted pass from David Paterson put Ally Jamieson through under the posts for a stunning first score. Cartha responded well and some great defensive tackling from Hills, notably Mark Orr, calmed the storm.

It was then a great 40 meters break from Mark Orr again which ended with Chris Tulloch running in from 20 yards for Hills second try. Shortly after that, Ally Jamieson added his second following a great break and pass from David Paterson. Mark Orr was then rewarded for his great yardage gains and tackles to finish a great Ally Jamieson break. Just before half time John Malakotey drove over for a deserved Cartha try, following an elegant play through the phases. Hills then lost Andrew Robinson on the half time whistle through a shoulder injury.

Following the break, Joe McCabe broke from halfway to go all the way under the post – he certainly enjoyed scoring against his club. The Jamieson Bros hatrick was completed following the best move of the match when Jimmy broke through three tackles to get across the white line. Hills were then pushed back on the defensive and following a great turnover Chris Tulloch launched a no-nonsense 40 yard spiral kick into touch deep into the Cartha half.
Cartha came storming back at Hills and great tackling from Murray Bell, Mark Orr and Paul Sheerin continued to keep them from threatening the line. However, Hills finally succumbed to a second try from John Malakotey.

Hills then came back at Cartha to ensure no comeback was on the cards. A driving maul led to Murray Bell breaking away from 15 yards out for the crucial try. The game continued to be an end to end spectacle in the sunshine and with Hills down to 14 men, Cartha scored the final try of the match. It was fitting that Cartha’s leader Andy Moran was the scorer.
The match was competitive till the end, best summed up by Paul Sheerin’s brilliant tackle on the final whistle.
Final score Hills 45, Cartha 17

After Saturday’s success our Veterans are aiming for a round robin fixture on the 3rd March 2018. Please contact Hector MacIntyre for details and join the squad.

Coaching, Pictures & Report: Hector MacIntyre

2A’s Harvest on the Last Play

Dalziel 3rdXV 29 points Hillhead/Jordanhill 2AXV 33 points

This was a very enjoyable, closely contested game played on a very firm pitch at the Clelland estate in Motherwell. For most of the game, Hills struggled again a much more physical home pack who were well drilled in the short range line out driving mauls. Indeed, Hills had to exist on scraps of first phase possession. Legendre was the main source of line out balls, while scrum half, Bolster, struggled at times with an uneven heel from the set piece.

It didn’t look good for the Hills at halftime, despite some strong running from Stevens which produced a penalty try and then a close range effort from Michaud. Dalziel, ten points up at the interval (22-12), had benefited from numerous penalties, using their number 10 long-range kicking to bring them in range for their mauling game. Dalziel continued to drive hard at the Hills, but the superior conditioning of the visitors paid off eventually in the final quarter.

Thanks to the wonderful surgical skills of flyhalf Crome, who carved up the home midfield with a fine defence splitting run, Hills were able to establish some attacking options in the Dalziel half. Quick movement of the ball through the hands allowed both visiting wingers to extend the home defence, but the searing pace of Mitchell and “Bambi” Davidson proved too much for Dalziel and both scored fine tries, with Davidson converting both to take the score to twenty nine points to twenty six with only sixty seconds left to play.

During the last play, Mitchell switched his line of running to set up an attacking ruck in the Dalziel twenty two. Veteran replacement prop, Richardson, officiating in second row, tidied up, then picked and drove at the splintered Dalziel fringe defence laying back a superb ball for Andy Bolster to uplift and scamper unopposed to the line. Winger Davidson added the extras and the final whistle blew. The Hills squad was ecstatic, while the Dalziel squad were dejected, having just lost a game they had been ahead in for seventy nine minutes. Fair result ? Maybe “Aye”, maybe “Naw”. The beauty and aesthetic of sport!!

CloudCover Joins HJRFC Sponsors Team

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC were delighted to welcome Lance and Alasdair Gauld from Cloud Cover IT last Saturday for the unveiling of their pitch side advertising hoarding board. The company representatives got the opportunity to share the pre-game brunch and strike a pose with the victorious players of a tough game.

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Fiery 2A’s Under the Lights

This was a fine game played under the Hughenden lights on a perfect night for running rugby. There was plenty of excitement to keep a sparse crowd well entertained with a very close first half which the home side just shaded by nineteen points to fifteen, coming back from a ten nil deficit after fifteen minutes. But the second period of play saw the Hills side move up the gears to consolidate their winning position by adding a further three converted tries with visitors Marr recording a consolation effort just before the final whistle.

Hills owed their superiority to a fine forward and midfield defence and to the predatory instincts of their half backs, Fionn Whyte and Tom Donaldson. Both ran well individually, but importantly made space for others to keep the forward momentum. The forward pack scrummaged and ruck effectively to provide a fine platform for no. 8 Steven Kay run well from the base and Fionn to distribute the ball.

The try of the game was scored by scrum half Fionn Whyte whose solo run had several Marr defenders grasping fresh air, as he weaved his way to the line from thirty-five metres out. His half back partner, Tom Donaldson, made several breaks, three of which produced tries for himself. Additionally his running lines and well-judged offloads produced space for Toby Mitchell and Alasdair Turnbull to cross the line unopposed. Sean Smith at full back had a good game with his boot, converting five of the tries, he partnered well with Blair Johnston who was efficient again, this time on the wing.

A five pointer against Marr is an exceptional result and the outcome can be referenced Hills improving and enlarging group of players. Keeping on this path the 2A’s can seriously target the top of their league. They travel to Dalziel 3rd XV next Saturday.

Hillhead Jordanhill 2AXV 40 points Marr 3rdXV 22 points

6th October Squad: Ariel Fertonani, Iain Cardno, Michael Sinclair, Charlie Duncan, Andrew Park, Alistair Mclaren, Stephen Cunniffe, Steven Kay, Fionn Whyte, Tom Donaldson, Blair Johnston, Euan MacMahon, Toby Mitchell, Iain Stewart, Sean Smith, Martin Wilson, William Murphy, Anurat Phuntungpoom, Alasdair Turnbull, William Murphy, Andrew Ross.

Coaching: Hector McIntyre & Ian McLennaghan

McCrea’s and HJRFC Renew Partnership

As announced today, Hillhead Jordanhill RFC are delighted to share the news of the sponsorship renewal from long standing partners McCrea Financial Services.

McCrea’s support throughout the years have benefited rugby development for all our teams at Hughenden. The continuation of this partnership is a fantastic news for all Hills players and supporters.

Hills President Andy Scott commented: ‘I am delighted we are renewing our ongoing partnership with McCreas who have been a great supporter of HJRFC. Everyone at the club is looking forward to developing our relationship further through imaginative activity.’

Hills 2AXV Win in the Whitecraigs Sun

Whitecraigs 2XV 26pts Hillhead/Jordanhill 2AXV 44pts

Following a debated draw in the 2A’s league opener last week, this bonus point win at Whitecraigs was well deserved. It came about due to some excellent teamwork under the watchful eyes of newly appointed manager Ian McLennagham and the travelling touch judge, Andrew Scott (snr), who patrolled the pitch side with his customary efficiency. For his next tour of duty, the Club will endeavour to ensure Andy carries his flag with him.

There were some good individual performances. Up front, returning Douglas Elder was very accomplished, running well with ball in hand and working hard in all phases of the game. His three tries were just reward for a fine afternoon’s toil away from the demands of Curriculum for Excellence. Sean Smith at stand off led the line well with good distribution from hand and, early on in the game, steady goal kicking.

Hills benefitted from a good understanding of the structures of the modern game although those on the touchline, unfamiliar with some of the team calls, remained bemused as to the number of wild beasts that were believed to be wandering in the open fields of Renfrewshire.

It was a good outcome then for this squad, at this level of the domestic game. It is those players with the better fitness levels who will prevail throughout the season. The improved attendance at training does undoubtedly help.

Freshers: Play Rugby at HJRFC!

New students are welcome to play rugby at Hillhead Jordanhill RFC!

We operate three senior men’s and a women’s team and we welcome all new members. New student members benefit from our special student membership rates along with access to our excellent training facilities and recently refurbished members bar.

Our club has a long association with Glasgow’s colleges and universities, so if you’re new to the city and would like to join an open, friendly and ambitious club, head for the HIlls!

Students are welcome at Hillhead Jordanhill RFC