RORY HARTE and CRAIG COLVIN vs GHK

Yellow fever weakens Hills’ cup performance

HJRFC 1st XV 14 pts | GHK 1st XV 38 pts

DESPITE ALL THE RECENT DELUGES, the playing surface at Hughenden was in excellent order for this west end derby in the preliminary round of the National Cup. Playing with the breeze and up the slope in the first half, Hills competed well, reaching the interval only one score behind at 14 -19. But GHK bossed the second half to run out convincing winners 38 -14, although Hills handicapped themselves by having both Blair Colvin and Rory Harte in the sin bin.

The first competitive game of season 2019-20 was notable for the return of two Hughenden favourites, the mercurial Angus Twaddle at full back and the gargantuan Nick McAuley at tight-head prop. Both franked their performances with influential roles in Hills first points. Alex Gibbons at scrum half harried well to pounce on loose ball, Rory Harte threw out a massive miss pass which McAuley gobbled up to barrel over the line. Angus Twaddle converted brilliantly from tight on the left hand touchline and the Hills were 7 points up. But GHK were stung into action and came back strongly to lead by 12 points to 7 after 30 minutes. Then some Rory Harte magic opened up the game with a clever kick into open space which Graham Davidson played football with to dribble across the line and score. Angus Twaddle converted to take “Hills” 2 points ahead but GHK hit back with a fine converted try just on the break.

The second half was tough going for the Hills even with a full complement on the field. The hosts defended well however, being seen only rarely in attack, but frailty again on the touchline mitigated against some promising field positions.

This was a well contested game against a side from a higher league, and the additional match fitness gained should help Hills when they play their opening National 3 league game vs Murrayfield Wanderers at Hughenden on Saturday 7th September with a 15:00 KO. We hope to see you there.

HJRFC 1XV

15Angus Twaddle Full Back
14Craig Colvin Wing
13Ciaran Callaghan Centre
12Rory Harte Centre
11Graham Davidson 20 Wing
10Finlay Keegan Fly-half
9Alex Gibbons 19 Scrum-half
1Ross Jackson 17 Loosehead prop
2Harry Singh 16 Hooker
3Nick McAuley Tighthead prop
4Blair Colvin Lock
5Ciaran Stormouth 18 Lock
6Alec Cameron Flanker
7Preston McGoldrick Flanker
8Olly Davidson No. 8
16Harry Perston 2 Hooker
17Daryll Elvin 1 Tighthead prop
18Nathan McCann 5 Lock
19Andrew Scott 9 Scrum-half
20Ross Robertson 11 Wing