Biggar v GHK, 27 January 2018
Might as well get the cliché out of the way right at the start. It was your actual ‘game of two halves’ at Biggar on Saturday. Sadly for GHK we didn’t win either.
With the benefit of a serious gale at their backs, the hosts were able to control where the game was played for large parts of the first period. Early pressure and plenty possession tested the Glasgow defensive duties. A lot of close driving and intrusions by a physical presence in the centre was a foretaste of what was to come.
After seven minutes, from a scrum close to the GHK line, number eight Andrew Orr, who had an outstanding afternoon and was rightly voted Biggar man of the match, barrelled over for an ominous try. At this stage GHK were indeed finding real difficulty in managing the wind with a few passes and line out throws being carried far from the intended target.
Biggar kept the pressure on and after a series of scrums the referee awarded a penalty try, even though, on that particular occasion, the only ‘offence’ appeared to be retreating. It looked like being a long afternoon.
However, the visitors then enjoyed a decent spell of possession and they were starting to get to grips with how to play the game in a wind tunnel. Cammy Hughes cut some good lines. Hugo Anderson sniped and darted, linking well with skipper Parker. Questions were being asked of the Biggar defence and it was their turn to look occasionally awkward in the conditions.
From a Biggar handling faux pas, Danny Campbell collected the loose ball and was too quick for the floundering defence. 14-5 to the hosts with not too much longer for them to take advantage of that wind. A dangerous tackle saw Biggar number four off for ten. Despite a few late breenges, the GHK line held out and half time was reached with no addition to the score. In the circumstances not that bad a half’s work at all.
Turning with the gale to assist, GHK did manage to put boot to ball and get a few decent early positions. However, a penalty attempt was pulled wide. This was the last scoring effort for a good while as it was Biggar’s turn to play the driving game. They bossed possession and started to work a few midfield gaps. Smart support play from their back three stretched the GHK defence. Two tries in the space of five minutes secured the bonus point and seemed to have disheartened the OA side for whom things had looked encouraging in those early second half minutes.
Before Blair Forsyth touched down for a well worked score wide right for GHK, the hosts themselves had added try number five. The wind was dropping a little but to be honest by this time it didn’t matter that much. A further score in the dying minutes set the seal on what must have been a very satisfying day’s work for the home side.
Final score Biggar 34 GHK 10
Congratulations to Biggar on a fine win. Thank you to all at Hartreemill for the usual very warm welcome and hospitality. Despite the result we had a fine day.
GHK competed well for spells in the match and looked to have possibly got themselves in to a good position after half time. However, Biggar upped the intensity and scored just when GHK would have hoped to be making inroads in to the half time advantage. It was not to be. Hopefully GHK will learn from this and take some encouragement from competing well and making the hosts work hard for their points.
GHK man of the match – Hugh Parker – a very fine eighty minutes from our captain (and all that in a weekend when he was moving house).
Next week West at OA – early kick off prior to the Wales v Scotland which will be shown on the multiple screens in the clubhouse. It promises to be an exciting weekend. Get yourself to OA for a double dose of rugby. There is also talk of Sandy Kennedy, one of our sponsors, organising some top of the range bar food to sustain us through the afternoon. Come on down! You know you want to.