Hills Try Hard But Ultimately Outgunned
Hillhead/Jordanhill 5pts Biggar 56 pts
A very bright opening from the “Hills” found then camped in the visitors twenty two for some five minutes, but the breakthrough would not come and it was Biggar who set the scoreboard moving with a fine try involving both their backs and forwards. To their immense credit, “Hills” took the game back to their opposition and thanks to the promptings of no. 8, Owen Gemmell, and scrum half Ross Thomson, space was created for loose head George Stephenson to rocket over the line for an excellent try. Unfortunately Hills would not trouble the scoreboard operator again in this game , hard as they tried.
The first phase ball from the scrummage which was won was never of “slot machine” delivery quality ; and the line out functioned well only on the odd occasion. The outcome of these difficulties was manifest in “Hills” having to play most of their rugby behind the gain line and on those rare occasions when there was some territorial gain the Biggar defence was unyielding in their knocking back of the “Hills” attackers.
Yet “Hills” were not too far away after the end of the first period which had Biggar ahead by twenty two points to five. But when you are unable to play consistently through the phases and are rarely in the opposition half, the weight of the opposition attacks will eventually cause a team to buckle, and that was “Hills” fate for the final twenty five minutes of this game. Biggar controlled most of the possession and made “Hills” suffer by running in a further five tries. “Hills” acts of defiance were rare but well actioned via the all action Conor Duignan on the wing, Rory Harte at full back and the gallant Ross Thomson at scrum half. Ultimately, however, the hard lesson is the team which controls the ball wins the game and the prize went deservedly to Biggar on this fine autumnal afternoon.
“Hills” will look for more consistency next week when they make the very short journey to Old Anniesland to play second top GHK ; kick off 14.30.
“Hills 1st XV Rory Harte ( C ), Conor Duignan, Scott Busby, Scott Halliday, David Vallance, Clement Tranier ( Jamie Maddox ), Ross Thomson, George Stephenson, Harry Perston ( Harry Singh ) , Kenny Harper ( Daryll Elvin ), Alec Cameron, Don McAdam, Scott Whiteford ( David Webster ), Owen Gemmell, Ryan Reilly. All subs used.