Our scribe and president has been on double time this weekend, so here’s his report on the Friday Night Lights game at Hughenden. We’d be delighted to publish a report on all 2nd XV matches if someone would like to write one – any volunteers?
Hill Jills v GHK Twos – 29 September 2017
Coach Gribben’s Mighty Twos got the OA rugby weekend underway with a fine victory under the lights at Hughenden. A side that contained youth and experience and even more experience had too much firepower for a combative Hill Jills outfit.
A very decent crowd had not been deterred by the flash flood conditions and they were rewarded with some excellent rugby played out on a remarkably fine surface despite the fairly relentless downpours.
GHK looked to attack from everywhere and, with mobile forwards providing ball and then combining well with speedy backs, the home defence was stretched early on. Gaps were created and scores came at regular intervals. A combination of misted spectacles and tries being scored on the ‘wrong’ side means that all the try scorers cannot be identified.
However it was the familiar figure of Marc Taylor, gathering a cross kick from another well kent face Mike Martin, who opened the scoring. A couple of further quick tries put daylight between the sides and when coach Gribben himself touched down for the bonus score there was almost a feeling of job done.
Hill Jills kept at it and were rewarded with a try of their own in the second half. By that time, Mel Scott had added to the GHK account. Trialist scrum half Aird capped off a fine evening’s work with a sniping score. Both sides kept it going right to the end demonstrating outstanding levels of fitness and no little skill in very challenging conditions. Fraser Waddell scored the last try of the evening showing some Lionel Messi footwork as he made his way under the posts.
Full time Hillhead Jordanhill 7 – GHK 52
All players involved deserve great credit for serving up such a decent game in the conditions. For GHK, the experienced players slotted in and performed as if they had never been away. They were ably supported by their young back up team whose energy and ability to stick to a game plan was good to watch. Winger Ross Codona showed up well and centre Adrien Coquelicot made a lot of ground. Angus Lindsay took the game to the opposition and back rowers Duncan Campbell and Robbie Harvey (who seemed to have a monopoly on claiming restarts) were non stop action throughout.
It looks like this league is going to be very competitive and GHK should be equipped to compete at the top end of the league. Well done Coach. Well done Team.