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Studied discipline from Alex Gibbons

Hills travel miles north to win at North Inch

PERTHSHIRE RFC 14 points | HILLHEAD JORDANHILL RFC 34 points

HILLS TOOK THE HIGH ROAD to Perth to record their first away win of the season. This was a fine, resilient, battling team performance from Hills which revealed qualities some of their faithful support believed had vanished forever from the club. Hills were 7-0 down after 50 seconds which became 14-12 to the hosts after 20 minutes, but in the remaining 60 minutes of a well contested game at the North Inch, such was the visitors commitment to defence that the stuffy Perthshire side failed to add to their score.

The key components of the Hills win comprised of assured performances down the touchline from the returning Jonny Agnew (his first game in Hills colours since 2013) and from captain Conor Ferguson, and there was also an improved defensive performance in the midfield where Ciaran Callaghan was outstanding. Added to the aerial certainty was an aggressive rolling maul which provided the basis for three first half close range tries from Harry Perston, Jonny Agnew and James “Pine Tree” Reekie. The Hills’ backs also revealed their potency in attack with a well engineered try which started with Rory Harte looping his centres to creat the space for full back Angus Twaddle to burst clear from forty metres out in his run to the line. Twaddle converted two of the first half tries to see his side handily placed at 24-14 at the break.

Perthshire worked exceptionally hard to get back into the game and for most of the second half Hills were in defensive mode, but some copybook tackling in which no8 Calum McLeod excelled, and very effective use of his bench resources by head coach Graeme Blackhall kept the hosts at bay. Hills were always sharp on the counter attack and Perthshire struggled at times with the pace of some the quicksilver visiting backs. Angus Twaddle kicked a penalty goal to take his side further ahead and then in the 70th minute Scott Halliday touched down by the posts following up a kick through the home defence from Rory Harte. The conversion was a formality and Hills were now 20 points ahead. To their credit, Perthshire tried to the final whistle to add to their tally of two tries, but Hills remained resolute in defence of their line.

Hills now return to their Hughenden grounds on Saturday October 14 after the two away fixtures to play NL3 newcomers Berwick. Some 15 seasons ago Berwick were regular visitors to a very different-looking Hughenden and it will be good to renew our old rivalries. Kick off is 15:00.

Stuart Mackenzie (Clayton MOTM), Gareth Davies (Clayton captain), Ted Hardy (president of Clayton) and Kitch (aka Gary Kitchener), president of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC

The Clayton Bootleggers

HILLS HOST THE CLAYTON BOOTLEGGERS – THE SPIRT OF RUGBY

Not even the tail winds and lashing rains of the last of Hurricane Dorian were enough to dampen the spirts and enthusiasm of the Clayton Bootleggers when they called into Hughenden on Tuesday 11 September for the first game of their mini Scottish Tour.

Clayton is a town in North Carolina USA, and the Bootleggers’ suffix derives from the time during the prohibition era in the States when the area attracted attention for its production of “moonshine“ beverages. Their performance in this friendly was however, very authentic and they ran out convincing 41-19 winners against a Hills squad big in size and experience, but perhaps a little lacking in game time and fitness. Indeed master mariner scrum half Iain Jamieson’s plimsoll line appeared to be several inches lower than in previous seasons, while  Hills mighty mouse prop Ronnie Bell revealed all the evidence of his recent investment in walking rugby as a leisure pursuit.

After the match, both sides enjoyed a post match meal and some craic in the club’s function room. Following welcome speeches from the Hills honorary president and then president, there were the well-established exchanges of club shields, flags and ties. Thanks to Keith Telford of Cartha Queens Park RFC for officiating well in an end-to-end game. Clayton now visit Dumbreck to play Shawlands RFC in the second and final game of their tour.

Pictured smiling in the main group image (left to right) are Stuart Mackenzie (Clayton MOTM), Gareth Davies (Clayton captain), Ted Hardy (president of Clayton) and Kitch (aka Gary Kitchener), president of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. Pictured below, Dougie Elder with Ted Hardy.

Douglas Elder (Hills MOTM) with Ted Hardy

CRAIG COLVIN CLEARS FROM A STATIC BREAKDOWN 7 SEPTEMBER 2019

The sun shines on the Hills

HILLHEAD JORDANHILL 1st XV 32 pts | Murrayfield Wanderers RFC 15 pts

ON A PERFECTLY STILL DAY stolen from the height of midsummer, Hills overturned a 5 points to 7 half time deficit to eventually defeat a dogged Murrayfield Wanderers side by 32 points to 15 to secure a bonus point win in the opening league game of season 2019/2020.

The victory was based on sound defence and a willingness to run the ball from anywhere in the field. Hills were given a good lead by both the defensive and attacking skills of their back row in which Calum McLeod excelled in attack along with Conor Ferguson, while Olly Davidson was a very effective ball carrier in the loose. The physical strengths of the visitors pack foundered on the static strength of Hills tight head Nick McAuley, but the hosts were second best on the touchline despite the best efforts of Blair Colvin and captain Conor Ferguson.

There was little between the sides in the first half with Angus Twaddle touching down in the corner and Murrayfield coming back by means of an interception in the Hills twenty two. After the break, Angus Twaddle eased his side ahead with a penalty goal and Hills then looked to take the upper hand with the catalyst being stand-off Rory Harte’s mercurial skills and in particular his side step. He literally led the visitors’ defence a dance, and no- one could put a hand on him. Somewhat unusually for the modern game, the Hills stand-off scored three tries, each of which fullback Angus Twaddle converted. The fullback added a penalty goal to his tally, but Murrayfield could add only a try and penalty goal to their half-time scores.

Hills then ran out winners from this absorbing contest and, by virtue of their four tries, added a bonus point to their four points win. Hills kept going well in what were enervating conditions for the first match of the season, and they will need to maintain their fitness reserves in what will be a long and occasionally unforgiving season of travel.

Next Saturday 14th September, Hills travel to Forfar for their first ever fixture with the newly promoted Strathmore side, KO 15:00.

HJRFC 1XV

15Angus Twaddle Full Back
14Craig Colvin 9 Wing
13Damien Genocchio Centre
12Jack Harris Centre
11Graham Davidson Wing
10Rory Harte Fly-half
9Andrew Blair 19 Scrum-half
1Daryll Elvin Tighthead prop
2Preston McGoldrick Hooker
3Nick McAuley Tighthead prop
4Blair Colvin 16 Lock
5Ciaran Stormouth Lock
6Calum McLeod Flanker
8Olly Davidson No. 8
7Conor Ferguson Flanker
16Harry Perston 4 Hooker
17Harry Singh Hooker
18Ross Robertson Wing
19Finlay Keegan 9 Fly-half
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

Iain Cameron 1925-2019

An Appreciation

This short appreciation of Iain’s life can only make passing mention(s) of his many achievements : a quiet and reserved family man, an outstanding rugby player with Jordanhill College School FP’s and later administrator at SRU level, a primary school headteacher in Helensburgh and latterly as a dedicated supporter and Vice President of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC . But perhaps Iain’s major accolade was the recognition paid by the French government of his role in Normandy in 1944 when he was awarded the Legion d’ Honneur by the French consul in 2016.

Iain Cameron, was a machine gunner in the Royal West Surrey regiment, within the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats). During the D Day landings the regiment was held back by storms in the Channel and landed at Arromanche on 12th June 1944. Iain was injured near Lisieux within a few weeks of arriving in France and was hospitalised near there. At this point his family back in Glasgow received a telegram to say that he was missing in action, but later discovered he was in a field hospital.

On his recovery he was sent to rejoin his unit, by then fighting their way through Belgium.The 7th Armoured Division was involved in the liberation of Ghent in September 1944. Iain was again badly injured near Eindhoven during this campaign, he carried the scars of the shrapnel wounds in his back and shoulder. He was invalided back to England and latterly to a convalescent home in Scotland. By the time he had recovered from this injury, the war was drawing to a close and he was (fortunately for his family!) given a desk job with the army until the war ended.

Iain was born on 12th January 1925 and attended Jordanhill School in the 1930s, before being evacuated to Cally School near Gatehouse of Fleet. After the war he played rugby for Glasgow University, London Scottish and Jordanhill FPs and was instrumental in setting up the FP club premises and grounds at Kilmardinny.

His funeral takes place at the Glasgow Crematorium on Tuesday the 11th June at 15.15.

Acknowledgements to Jordanhill School and Iain’s family to reproduce some of the above.

LOUISE MCMILLAN FLIES HIGH vs AYR 14 APRIL 2019

Hills shine to book Silver Saturday place

Ayr Ladies 0 points | Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies 70 points

UNLIKE THEIR QUARTER FINAL CUP TIE against Stirling County where they started slowly, Hills Ladies were on the front foot from the kick off in the semi final tie of the Sarah Beaney Cup at Millbrae. Despite playing against a bitingly cold east wind in the first half, Hills Ladies dominated most of the first and second phase possession and little was seen of the their hosts in attack. Ayr held out bravely for most of the first quarter, but when Hills’ scrum half Mhairi McDonald darted through from fifteen metres out to score, it seemed likely that the hosts would struggle to contain their visitors. That was proved with further first half scores being recorded by Emma Barlow with a trademark powerful run down the left flank, then Phillipene Mias from close range and just before the end of the first half from the tireless Hannah Telling. Mhairi McDonald converted one to leave the score at Hills twenty two points ahead.

Hills were bigger and stronger, and the tiring Ayr Ladies experienced considerable difficulty in their first time tackling, particularly when Louise McMillan and Flic Syfert were ball carrying at speed. Distribution from the eventual breakdowns was very effective with both Hills half backs, Mhari McDonald and Phillipene Mias, being exemplary in their passing and continuity play. Tries came at regular intervals in the second forty minutes with Abi Evans touching down twice and Lucy Mills, Hannah Telling, Amy Watkins, captain Louise McMillan, Jemma Forsyth and Hannah McHugh all adding to the score with tries. With the wind now at her back, scrum half Mhairi McDonald added a further four conversions.

Hills victory margin of seventy points was well deserved and was built on a solid all round team performance with each member of the squad of twenty one ladies making an effective contribution. This win takes the Hills to the Cup Final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday the 27th April with a 17.15 KO when they will play Watsonians. Ticketing details will be posted on all social media sites when available.

Head Coach Aird Jardine now has the unenviable task of selecting the starting fifteen for the final. With Hannah Smith hopefully returning to fitness, competition for places will be fierce. Certainly given the occasion and the fact Watsons play in a similar way to Hills always seeking to move the ball at every opportunity, a full squad of players will be required for what promises to be an outstanding final. 6 Nations referee Holly Davidson will be in charge and that also adds to the occasion.

HJRFC Women 1XV

15Lucy Mills Full Back
14Emma Barlow 20 Wing
13Hannah McHugh Centre
12Amy Watkins Centre
11Bex Francis Wing
10Phillipene Mias Fly-half
9Mairi McDonald Scrum-half
1Heather Lockhart Loosehead prop
2Francesca Wood 16 Hooker
3Aimee Johnston 17 Tighthead prop
4Flic Syfret 18 Lock
5Kendall King Lock
6Jemma Forsyth Flanker
7Hannah Telling 19 Flanker
8Louise McMillan No. 8
16Stella Kyalikunda 2 Hooker
17Rachael Kerr 3 Tighthead prop
18Jenny Johnston 4 Lock
19Erin Davie 7 Flanker
20Abi Evans 14 Wing
HillJills vs Stirling

HillJills win cup tie after early fright

Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies 54 points | Stirling County Ladies 22 points

IT WAS AN INAUSPICIOUS START by Hills in this Sarah Beaney Quarter Final cup tie at Hughenden. After some twelve minutes of play, Stirling County were already seventeen points up and showing considerable enterprise in their running and handling skills to score three tries. Hills, for their part, looked nervous and sluggish and made many uncharacteristic errors. Head Coach Aird Jardine reacted accordingly and brought on three bench replacements, one of whom was the returning Hannah Smith from the International 7’s in Hong Kong. The remainder of the first half saw Hills inching their way back slowly into the game against the well organised and lively visitors. Hills scored three tries in the second quarter of the game with Stella Kyalikunda, the feisty Dani Cormier and the pugnacious Emma Barlow each touching down.

With Hills now playing down the slope in the second half, the score began to rise inexorably for the home side with tries from Hannah Smith (two), Emma Barlow and Jemma Forsyth, one of which was converted by Mairi McDonald. More tries came from Amy Watkins, Lucy Mills and finally Mairi McDonald. The last score from the Hills’ elfin scrum half showcased some wonderful rugby skills: a fast pick up from the base of the scrum, a break into open field and dummy with a swerve to score between the posts. For good measure, Mairi converted her own try. Stirling were mostly on the back foot for most of the second half, but they did recover temporarily to record a good try. Hills ran out deserved winners by fifty four points to twenty two, but they were made to work hard for their victory. Hills’ forwards were well served by the tireless Hannah Telling at open side wing forward and props, the experienced veteran Heather Lockhart and youngster Aimee Johnston who scrummaged powerfully and carried effectively in the loose.

HillJills vs Stirling Team Photo

Hills now have an away semi-final tie at Millbrae against Ayr on SUNDAY the 14th April, 14.00 KO. Captain Hannah McHugh will require to organise her team to play on the front foot and get in their stride quickly from the first whistle if they are to have any hope of reaching another cup final on Silver Saturday at BT Murrayfield on the 27th April 2019.

HJRFC Women 1XV

1Heather Lockhart Loosehead prop
2Stella Kyalikunda Hooker
3Aimee Johnston Tighthead prop
4Juliet Ross Lock
5Kendall King 17 Lock
6Erin Davie 16 Flanker
7Hannah Telling Flanker
8Jemma Forsyth No. 8
9Mairi McDonald Scrum-half
10Phillipene Mias Fly-half
11Bex Francis Wing
12Amy Watkins Centre
13Hannah McHugh Centre
14Emma Barlow 19 Wing
15Lucy Mills 18 Full Back
16Dani Cormier 6
17Flic Syfret 5
18Hannah Smith 20 Backs
19Ainsley Beaton 14
20Rieni Muldoon 18
LINE OUT ACTION AT MEMORIAL FIELD APRIL 2019

Season finale lacks sparkle at Memorial Field

Ardrossan Academicals 42 points | Hillhead Jordanhill 14 points

AT THE END OF THE FIRST QUARTER of their final league game of the 2018/2019 season at Ardrossan’s Memorial Field, Hills seemed to be comfortable at fourteen points all with their Ayrshire rivals. They had opened the scoring through a close range drive from Chris Warnock, Hills’ best player on the day by the proverbial Irish country mile, and a second score added by Rory Harte with a characteristic Strictly Come Dancing-style soft-shoe shuffle which dazzled the home defence. Harte converted both but his second conversion brought an abrupt end to Hills efforts in troubling the scoreboard. In the second quarter of the game, Ardrossan simply blew Hills away with some wonderful forwards and backs interpassing which left the visitors shell shocked and unable, apart from a brief Jimmy Griffith charge, to stop the home sides incessant attacks. Certainly Hills contributed to their own downfall with some woeful work on the touch lines which led directly to two of the hosts three tries. At half time, Ardrossan had moved to a commanding try bonus position of thirty five points to fourteen ahead with all five of their tries being converted by their fly-half Lewis.

The second half showed a small-but-welcome improvement in Hills’ fortunes with their defence tightening up and performing more coherently to restrict Ardrossan to only one further score. Scott Halliday ran well in the centre and back row sub James Acheson had two good runs in broken play which should have led to Hills being able to peg back their hosts, but the necessary support was not available. Hills were frustrated all afternoon in dealing with Ardrossan’s rush defence and their hosts certainly protected their first phase ball much better than their opponents did.

After well deserved home victories against Caithness and Orkney, the defeats at Murrayfield and Ardrossan meant that the end of season building of momentum was less than hoped going into season 2019/2020. That being said, those strong home performances saved Hills’ national league status for 2019/2020.

In the age of Curriculum for Excellence, an end of term report card might read “Tried hard, but can do better”.

Warmest thanks must now go to all the players, coaching and medical staff, committee members and supporters who have worked so hard throughout the season. We look forward to seeing you all again in season 2019/2020!

HJRFC 1XV

15Ciaran Callaghan Wing, Full Back
14James Griffith 18 Wing
13James Hamilton-Potter 19 Centre
12Scott Halliday Centre
11Ash Rajasooriya 13 Wing
10Rory Harte Fly-half
9Alex Gibbons Scrum-half
1Harry Perston Loosehead prop
2Preston McGoldrick Hooker
3Blair McKenzie 16 Tighthead prop
4Bill Kenny Lock
5Chris Warnock Lock
6Chris Crome 17 Flanker
7Hy Moncere Flanker
8Conor Ferguson No. 8
16Daryll Elvin 3 Tighthead prop
17James Acheson 6 Flanker
18James Maddox 14 Wing
19Callum Weir 13 Centre

Hills end-of-season revival continues

Hillhead Jordanhill 31 points | Orkney 12 points

ON A FINE SPRING MORNING, watched by a sizeable crowd of former players attending the 30th anniversary lunch, Hills end of season revival continued in their defeat of a spirited Orkney side by three goals and two tries to one goal and one try. Hills excelled in the first half with their willingness to play an open game, playing up the slope to the clubhouse end. Although Orkney enjoyed scrum domination in the first forty minutes, they were unable to stitch together many periods of continuity play such was the commitment and first time tackling of the Hills midfield and fringe defences. Scrum half Alex Gibbons was the catalyst for Hills first score when he stole Orkney ball at the base of a scrum to initiate a long range attack with the ball being handed well by the three quarters to take play into the Orkney twenty two. Open side Scott McMiillan then drove on, offloading to no. 8 Conor Ferguson who then expertly fed inside for rampaging second row Chris Warnock to crash over the line unopposed. Rory Harte’s conversion rattled the post, but the Hills were up and running. Their second try was not long delayed and Rory Harte was the prime mover here, first of all feeding the insatiable Chris Warnock who made a large dent in the Orkney defensive line. Quick repossession from the ruck allowed Rory space on the blind side to float a long pass to unmarked right winger Ash Rajasooriya to score in the corner. Rory Harte added the goal points with a fine conversion across the face of the posts. Some slack play from the Hills pack in their own half then allowed Orkney into the game and they scored a rather easy try to the left of the posts but missed the conversion. This stung the Hills back into action and several sweeping movements up the slope with Preston “Mighty Atom” McGoldrick, Craig Colvin and the ubiquitous Chris Warnock all influential allowed Scott Halliday sufficient room to squeeze over the in the left hand corner to score. On the balance of play, the half time score of seventeen points to five was fair.

Any hopes that Orkney harboured of narrowing the gap between the sides quickly evaporated at the start of the second half. An intense Hills attack in the visitors’ twenty two with “The Mighty Atom” and Scott McMillan prominent produced some desperate defensive work from Orkney. A clearance kick was charged down by the alert Rory Harte who picked up the loose ball to score and then convert his own try. Hills now had their four try bonus point, but they continued to chase hard for more points. Once again quick distribution stretched the visitors defence but Jonny Hamilton-Potter still had some work to do before he could touch down for his side’s fifth and final try of the game. Rory Harte added goal points to take his side to thirty one points to seven ahead with the game entering the final quarter. Orkney however remained determined to make some mark on the game and finally found some form to put together some pleasing phases of continuity play to pressurise the home defence. Hills did not help their cause with two players being sent to the bin, but although Orkney added a try which they converted, the Hills were out of sight and the game finished with referee Greg Cameron’s whistle blowing up with a score of thirty one points to twelve in their favour.

This was a much happier Hills performance than those served up during the bleak midwinter months when nothing seemed to go right. Now the 1st XV squad and their coaches, Dean Kelbrick and Graham Blackhall, can look forward with some confidence to the final two games of the 2018/2019 season, both away. On the 30th March the 1st XV play Murrayfield Wanderers at Roseburn Gardens while on the 6th April they play at Memorial Field against old rivals, Ardrossan Accies.

HJRFC 1XV

15Craig Colvin Full Back
14Ash Rajasooriya 19 Wing
13Scott Halliday Centre
12Damien Genocchio Centre
11James Hamilton-Potter 18 Wing
10Rory Harte 11 Fly-half
9Alex Gibbons Scrum-half
1Adam Eakin Prop
2Preston McGoldrick 16 Hooker
3Martyn Low 17 Prop
4Chris Warnock Lock
5Bill Kenny Lock
6Conor Ferguson Flanker
7Scott McMillan Flanker
8Hy Moncere Flanker
16Harry Perston 2 Hooker
17Mylo Connell 3 Prop
18Hugo Gesta 10 Fly-half
19James Griffith 14 Wing

Hills take five valuable points

Hillhead Jordanhill 33 points | Caithness 6 points

IN A MUST-WIN GAME for the home team, Hills responded to poor weather conditions and a stuffy visiting Caithness side to record a fine thirty-three points to six victory and thereby secure five valuable league points in their quest to maintain national league rugby status at Hughenden. The first half found Hills playing up the slope and they were quickly into their stride with captain and full back Craig Colvin showing the way with some excellent broken play running. Bill “The Ballyclare Bruiser” Kenny drove play into the visitors twenty-two where, after three quick recycling activities, Captain Colvin crossed for the opening try with right winger Rory Harte converting.

The dynamic opening, combining hard running with ball in hand and quick repossession from the breakdown, was a prominent feature of Hills play for most of the opening forty minutes and little scope was available to Caithness to counter-attack. When they did, Hills’ first up tackling, particularly around the fringes of the breakdown, was imperious with Alec Cameron the chief defensive enforcer. Scott Halliday added a second close-range try with Rory Harte converting and the mercurial right winger added a third when he ghosted through an all-but-invisible gap in the Caithness defence to score between the posts. The conversion was a formality and Hills were twenty-one points up and seemingly cruising, but Caithness, in a very rare excursion to the Hills’ danger area, opened their score with a well-struck penalty goal on the stroke of half time.

The third quarter saw Hills lose two players to the bin and subsequently assume a siege mentality to keep the visitors out. Once again Hills defended wilfully, but Caithness kicked another penalty goal and tensions began to mount on the field and among the animated home support. The return to a full complement and a change in the shape of the midfield engineered by deputy coach Douglas Grove restored equilibrium. Rory Harte took over the pivotal role at 10 and Jonny Hamilton-Potter added direction to the HIlls attack. The fourth try relied exclusively on Rory Harte’s field craft. An attacking play took the game into the Caithness twenty two when the stand-off looked up, saw a gap in the visitors cover, chipped ahead into the space and beat the defenders to the touch down. His magnificent conversion, across the face of the wind from the right hand touch line, was an impressive further contribution to his personal triumph. Hills then saw out the rest of the final quarter in some degree of comfort. Caithness were by now visibly tiring, and Hills held on to the ball well. Some excellent box kicking from scrum half Alex Gibbons kept the visitors in their twenty-two and from a series of rucks in which replacement Moncere was prominent, Gibbons scored the teams fifth try in the corner.

This game produced the first four try bonus point for Hills since the 16th November, some seven national league fixtures ago. Hills winter of discontent is, however, far from over. Three games remain and the situation is so tight at the foot of NL3 (three clubs are relegated) that two of these three games carry the same significance as this in being must-win fixtures. Hills next game is against ARDROSSAN ACADEMICALS at Memorial Field, Ardrossan, on the 16th March with a 14.00 KO.

Hills 1st XV

15 Craig Colvin (C)

14 Rory Harte (Ash Rajasooriya)

13 Scott Halliday

12 Damien Gennochio (James Hamilton-Potter)

11 Albain De Chaille (Damien Gennochio)

10 Hugo Gesta (Rory Harte)

9 Alex Gibbons

1 Adam Eakin

2 Harry Perston

3 Martyn Low (Mylo Connell)

4 Alec Cameron (Hy Moncere)

5 Bill Kenny

6 Conor Ferguson

7 Scott McMillan

8 Preston McGoldrick

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