Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 50 points | Perthshire RFC 8 points
IT TOOK HILLS APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES to emerge from their mid-winter hibernation in this league game – their last competitive match was December 7th – during which time Perthshire scored a fine try to take the lead. Perhaps that was the nudge the Hills squad required as, after that reverse, they totally dominated their plucky visitors to score a total of eight tries, three in the first half and five in the second with their irrepressible fullback, Angus Twaddle, converting five of these. The half time score was 19-8 and the fourth, bonus point try, was scored in the 43rd minute.
Hills much superior tight five gave their opposite numbers a day they would wish to forget, as they were continually driven back, at times several metres at each set scrum. There was no relief for the beleaguered visitors either when gargantuan tight head Nick McAuley and loosehead Darryl Elvin were replaced in the second half by the two solid Ulstermen, Adam Eakin and Ross Jackson. Both Hills second rowers, Jonny Agnew and Blair Colvin, were also in belligerent form, particularly in their ball carrying duties, where every hit was clearly felt by the opposition. The Hills backs therefore enjoyed shoals of possession.
Of the 8 tries scored, 3 were claimed by the forwards, two in the first half. Hooker Harry Perston crossed the line after a delightful piece of interplay involving stand off Rory Harte and left winger Ruairi Taylor, while the unstoppable Nick McAuley struck from 2 metres. Rory Harte’s first try was a classic piece of old-style rugby stand off wizardry. The no. 10 looped his outside centre to cut through the fragmented defence to touch down at the posts.
The fourth and bonus point try was another throwback to moves hardly seen in the modern game. Rory Harte, some 10 metres inside his own half, put up a towering up and under and such was its rapidly accelerating altitude that you immediately felt for the player who had to field it, as the ball was certain to have been covered in ice when it fell back to earth. Predictably the ball was fumbled and Hills centre Damien Genocchio (aka the Ginger Flash) was the beneficiary as he raced to the line to touch down. Hills other second half scorers were Scott Halliday with a hard direct run to the line, right winger Ross Robertson following a fine cross field passing move, Ruairi Taylor finishing off after a Rory Harte 60 metre dash to the line, and Blair Colvin crashing over from close range. After no side the Hills 1st XV squad and committee members gathered in an on field huddle to make a presentation to their dynamic, and sadly departing, openside flanker Calum McLeod, this being his last game for the club before he heads to a new life in Canada.
The HJ family would like to extend their very best wishes to Calum on his travels.
Hills now travel next Saturday (January 25th) to Fort Matilda to play Greenock Wanderers in a league game postponed from December 14th. Hills will wish to take Saturday’s form with them, as Greenock have enjoyed a very good season so far on their return to National League rugby. Kickoff is 14:00.