HILLS PREPARE TO SCRUM v WEST OCTOBER 19 2019

Hills Triumph at Burnbrae

WEST OF SCOTLAND FC 12 points | HILLHEAD JORDANHILL RFC 24 points

APART FROM AN EARLY FLOURISH when the Hills should have kicked a close range penalty goal and right winger Graham Davidson might have scored in the corner at Burnbrae, there was little excitement to disturb the after dinner nap of those Hills supporters who attended the pre-match lunch. Certainly there was some animation in discussing the clubhouse evacuation following a fire alarm at the end of the lunch, but apart from the fine footballing and harrying skills of scrum half Alex Gibbons, play had been largely uneventful. Half time came and went with the score stuck firmly at 0-0.

But West were first to emerge from the torpor which hung over this game when they scored and converted a fine try, but this served only to stir the visitors out of their collective trance. Some fine lead up play from Calum “Duracell” McLeod forced a breakdown penalty and Angus Twaddle, with his first goal kick of the day, converted from some 35 metres. Better was to follow when after some textbook forward driving play close to the host’s goal line, super sub Nick “DJ Veggie” McAuley crossed for a try which full back Twaddle converted. Then stand off Rory Harte, who up until that point had had a mixed game, showed good footwork to score from close range with Twaddle again converting for full points. West then reminded their support that they could play a bit as well. After some concentrated attacks with both backs and forwards prominent, they broke through a previously tight  Hills defence to touch down for their second try of the afternoon. With the score now 17-12 for the visitors the next score would be critical to the overall outcome of the game, and fortunately it fell to Hills. The longer the game progressed, the more Hills midfield began to get the better of their opposite numbers, and from a fine break down the 13 channel, Ciaran Callaghan crossed the line, taking two defenders with him. Angus Twaddle’s fourth successful kick of the afternoon brought the scoring on the day to an end. There was still time for Hills to cement a try bonus point and West to get closer to their visitors and a losing bonus point, but the first half stalemate returned and the game played out with no further alarms

Hills now have a gap in their schedule as there is no game on the 26th due to round 2 of the National Cup occupying that date. The National League 3 programme resumes on Saturday November 2 when Caithness make the long journey down the A9 to Hughenden.

All players and supporters are asked to note that the November – January kick-off times have now moved back to 14.00 hours.

HJRFC 1XV

# Player Position Captain T C P DG
Angus TwaddleFull Back 0000
Graham Davidson Wing 0000
Scott HallidayCentre 0000
Ciaran CallaghanCentre 0000
Finlay KeeganWing 0000
Rory HarteFly-half 0000
Alex GibbonsScrum-half 0000
Daryll Elvin Loosehead prop 0000
Harry PerstonHooker 0000
Ross Jackson Tighthead prop 0000
James ReekieLock 0000
Alec Cameron Lock 0000
Calum McLeodFlanker 0000
Olly DavidsonFlanker 0000
Conor FergusonNo. 8 0000
Adam Eakin Prop 0000
Nick McAuley Prop 0000
Ross Robertson Wing 0000
Robbie Thomson Flanker 0000