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Glasgow Hawks RFC
R Beattie, F Gillies
I Wilson, C Simpson
Sat 26 Mar 15:00 - Cup Full time

Away rule puts Hawks out


Cruel end to Cup run

HERIOT’S secured their place in the final of the Scottish Cup at BT Murrayfield on 16 April but the manner of their progress was bizarre, to say the least, with the decision on the winner not made until the lower reaches of the rulebook had been scrutinised.

The teams were locked at 10-10 after 80 minutes of play and then at the end of a further two 10-minute periods there was no change in the scoreline. Then came the devastating information for Hawks that in the event of such an outcome the away team would be ‘winners’.

“I feel genuinely sorry for Hawks. They had the same score as us and yet lost.” said Phil Smith, Heriot’s head coach, whose opposite, Peter Laverie admitted : “It was a tough way to go out, but that’s sport.”

Cup Semi Final v Heriots
37 photos

In wet and windy conditions at Old Anniesland, it was Hawks who had the first chance to claim points but with his first kick of the match stand-off Jack Steele was off target with his penalty, Steele’s side then had to put all hands to the pump as Heriot’s won two penalty-created lineouts in quick succession.

A missed penalty by Heriot’s full-back John Semple was not to the liking of his side but the Goldenacre men were soon back on the attack, deploying their favourite tactic of the rolling maul from a lineout just outside the Hawks’ 22m area that ended with an unconverted try for flanker Ian Wilson
Conceding a try was bad enough for Hawks but the referee judged that Andy Linton had illegally impeded the progress of the maul and was sent to the sin-bin. It was to be the first of two yellow cards for Hawks in the first half, centre David Milne earning one for another illegal try-stopping offence as Heriot’s attempted to crush their opponents with a further driving maul.

But at the ensuing scrum Heriot’s were penalised allowing Hawks to kick the ball into touch for the final play of the half, trailing 5-0. Despite being short-handed, Hawks struck first in the second half with a peach of a try by Robert Beattie from a pass by Steele that gave the wing a clear run to the line to level at 5-5.

A try by flanker Finlay Gillies from a driving maul gave Hawks a 10-5 lead. It looked as though the score would be enough for the hosts as Heriot’s Scotland Under-20 prop was sin-binned for collapsing the scrum. But Heriot’s found extra energy to compensate for their numerical disadvantage. From a kick by replacement scrum-half Hugh Fraser, Heriot’s scored a freak try.

Hawks full-back Pierre Mounal misjudged the ball, allowing wing Charlie Simpson to touch down and force extra time with its wretched result.

Photos marked accordingly credited to Rugby People

Key moments

Try Ian Wilson scores for Heriots
Try Robert Beattie scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
Try Finlay Gillies scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
Try Charlie Simpson scores for Heriots

Videos and photos

Cup Semi Final v Heriots
37 photos
Cup Semi Final v Heriots


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77:00 Try 10 - 10
Charlie Simpson scores for Heriots
60:00 Try 10 - 5
Finlay Gillies scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
43:00 Try 5 - 5
Robert Beattie scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
End of period 1
25:00 Try 0 - 5
Ian Wilson scores for Heriots
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As it happened

  • Glasgow Hawks RFC
  • Heriots
  • 0
  • Ian Wilson Try 25:00'
  • Robert Beattie Try 43:00'
  • Finlay Gillies Try 60:00'
  • Charlie Simpson Try 77:00'

Team selection

Yacoubian, Sean Yacoubian, Sean
Beattie, Robert Beattie, Robert
McGroarty, Brendan McGroarty, Brendan
Milne, David Milne, David
Gossman, Kerr Gossman, Kerr
Steele, Jack Steele, Jack
Boyer, Patrick Boyer, Patrick
Hill, Andy Hill, Andy
Leckey, Stephen Leckey, Stephen
Gillies, Finlay Gillies, Finlay
Redmayne, Andrew Redmayne, Andrew
Linton, Andrew Linton, Andrew
Strain, Gary Strain, Gary
Macfarlane, Jack Macfarlane, Jack
Findlay, Steven Findlay, Steven
Glasgow Hawks RFC
  • 1. Martin Bouab
  • 2. Michael Liness
  • 3. Struan Cessford
  • 4. Russell Nimmo
  • 5. Roan Van Heerden
  • 6. Jack Turley
  • 7. Ian Wilson
  • 8. Jamie Syme
  • 9. Tom Wilson
  • 10. Gregor McNeish
  • 11. Charlie Simpson
  • 12. Cameron Ferguson
  • 13. Max Learmonth
  • 14. Glenn Bryce
  • 15. John Semple
  • 16. Stewart Mustard
  • 17. Murray McCallum
  • 18. Chris Mulligan
  • 19. Clarke Smith
  • 20. Alex Henderson
  • 21. Hugh Fraser
  • 22. John Rae

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