HJRFC v West of Scotland 18th Jan 2019

Hills’ struggle to kick-start 2019 continues with West reverse

Hillhead Jordanhill 7 points | West of Scotland 61 points

THIS WAS NOT A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE for either the players or supporters of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. Three Hills players received head knocks forcing their retirement from the game and one of these, right winger Ash Rajasooriya, required hospitalisation. Happily he was discharged at 18.00 on Saturday evening from hospital but, like his two other colleagues, he is now subject to return to play protocols. Even allowing for all the disruptions to the Hills, local visitors West were stronger in most facets of the game with the only area where Hills achieved any parity being on the touchlines, where lock James Acheson and back-row Conor Ferguson retained all their own ball. West seemed to be able to employ higher gears to spread the play and always seemed able to put men into space on the outside channels which Hills could not cope with.

In a very one-sided first half, West raced to a 34 points lead scoring six tries, one a penalty try, before Rory Harte with a wonderful sense of timing intercepted another West attack to race eighty metres unchallenged to score. A half time margin of 34-7 in favour of West was, frustratingly for Hills, a fair refection of the flow of the game.

In the second half, Hills showed much more spirit with second rower Bill Kenny at the heart of most of the attacking plays. Some continuity of phases was put together but the West defence held firm. It was left to James Hamilton-Potter to show the way across the gain line but his two fine breaks fizzled out due to lack of support. Certainly West had to work a bit harder for their second half tries, but only a myopic Hills supporter could deny the visitors their success in finishing sixty one points to seven ahead.

It is to be hoped that there will be a huge turnaround collectively for the next league game against PERTHSHIRE at the NORTH INCH on SATURDAY 26th JANUARY. Hills are now edging uncomfortably close to the basement trap door to Regional Rugby, which a win next week would help the team avoid.

HJRFC 1XV

15Craig Colvin Full Back
14Ash Rajasooriya 19 Wing
13Scott Halliday Centre
12James Hamilton-Potter Centre
11Rory Harte Wing
10Hugo Gesta Fly-half
9Alex Gibbons Scrum-half
1Daryll Elvin 17 Loosehead prop
2Preston McGoldrick 16 Hooker
3Martyn Low Tighthead prop
4James Acheson Lock
5Bill Kenny Lock
6Conor Ferguson Flanker
8Alec Cameron No. 8
7David Vallance 18 Flanker
16Harry Perston 2 Hooker
17Adam Eakin 1
18Fergus Denton 7 Flanker
19Ciaran Callaghan 14 Wing