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G Hunter
G Hunter
Sat 7 Nov 15:00 - Club Championships - BT Premiership Full time

Hawks lose at Millbrae


League leaders more composed

AYR 23


GLASGOW Hawks gave it their best shot, but, they were unable to prevent Ayr from extending their lead at the head of the BT Premiership to nine points, after a messy, but hard-fought battle in the Millbrae mud.

If defences win titles, then, should they prevail in the league this season, Ayr will be able to look back with pleasure at the massive defensive effort which downed the Hawks here. There was never a chance of a repeat of the Ayr side's opening day, five tries to nil demolition of their visitors; indeed, had they shown Ayr's composure, Hawks might have shaded this.

They ruled at the touch lines, but their breakdown work suffered from the early loss of Fin Gillies with a head knock, while, with ball in hand, the Ayr backs were sharper. Also, Kiwi stand-off Frazier Climo gave a master class in tactical kicking after the break.

"Frazier's control was crucial in the second half," said Ayr coach Callum Forrester.

"Hawks had a terrific first half, but, once our pack got going, Frazier began to run things, while I was very pleased with our defensive play. This was the sort of positive performance I was looking for and we have to carry this forward.

"Our next two games are against Boroughmuir and Melrose, the two teams to have beaten us, so, we are naturally keen to win these ones".

Peter Laverie of Hawks was naturally frustrated – for the squad who put so much into the game.

"We played really well in the first half, and should maybe have turned round in front, but, after the break, Climo kicked incredibly well while we put ourselves under pressure and Ayr took advantage, however, we dug in well, but in the end, it wasn't enough".

The rain eased before the kick-off, but, both sides struggled with the greasy ball in a first-half war of attrition which saw Hawks' Fin Gillies and Ayr's Scott Sutherland taken off injured. Tries seldom looked on and, at the break the only scoring had come from penalties – Gregor Hunter opening for Hawks, Climo responding for Ayr.

Climo kicked Ayr in front early in the second period, only for Hawks's skipper Brendan McGroarty to restore his side's lead with an unconverted try, after a fierce spell of pressure from the visitors.

Ayr immediately responded, Hawks repulsed a series of pick-and-go thrusts from the home pack, before George Hunter finally got over. Climo converted and Ayr had a five-point cushion.

Five became eight after another Climo penalty, before Grant Anderson made amends for his first-half yellow card with a telling burst, carried on by Haddon McPherson, who sent Climo in for a try which he converted.

Hawks sorely tested the Ayr defence in the final 15 minutes, but, only once did they unlock it, when Erland Oag got over, after an attack initiated by Gregor Hunter's recovery of his own clearing kick. The stand-off converted, but, the clock beat Hawks as Ayr denied them even the consolation of a losing bonus point.

Scrum control played a huge part in Ayr's Old Anniesland win back in August. Here, the scrums were much closer, indeed, several times, the ball sat in the middle of the tunnel, neither side able to move the other

initially, but, with five Warriors' props on the park, it was hardly surprising.

Mention must be made of referee Mike Adamson. Not that long ago, he was playing in this fixture, at stand-off for Hawks, but, on Saturday, his control was absolute, he was on top of everything in a near-faultless display.

Ayr: G Anderson, H McPherson, R Curle, D McCluskey, C Taylor, F Climo, D Armstrong; George Hunter, D Young, D Rae, R McAlpine, S Sutherland, A Dunlop, W Bordill, P McCallum. Replacements: S Fenwick, J Sebastian, B Macpherson, J Preston, A Russell.

Tries: George Hunter, F Climo; Conversions: Climo (2); Penalty goals: Climo (3).

Glasgow Hawks: R Houliston, P Ramsay, B McGroarty, J Steele, R Beattie, Gregor Hunter, P Boyer; G Strain, J Macfarlane, B Cullinane, A Linton, A Redmaybe, J Eddie, F Gillies, A Hill. Replacements: G Stewart, J Yanuyanutawa, M Smith, S Yacoubian, E Oalg. Tries: B McGroarty, E Oag; Conversion: Gregor Hunter (1); Penalty goal: Gregor Hunter (1).

Referee: Mike Adamson.

Key moments

Penalty Gregor Hunter kicks a penalty for Glasgow Hawks
40:00 +10:00
Try Brendan McGroarty scores for Glasgow Hawks
40:00 +35:00
Try Erlend Oag scores for Glasgow Hawks
40:00 +35:00
Conversion Gregor Hunter kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ayr
  • Glasgow Hawks
  • 0
  • Gregor Hunter Penalty 25:00'
  • Brendan McGroarty Try 40:00 +10:00'
  • Erlend Oag Try 40:00 +35:00'
  • Gregor Hunter Conversion 40:00 +35:00'

Team selection

Houliston, Robbie Houliston, Robbie
Beattie, Robert Beattie, Robert
McGroarty, Brendan McGroarty, Brendan
Steele, Jack Steele, Jack
Ramsay, Paul Ramsay, Paul
Hunter, Gregor Hunter, Gregor
Boyer, Patrick Boyer, Patrick
Hill, Andy Hill, Andy
Gillies, Finlay Gillies, Finlay
Eddie, James Eddie, James
Redmayne, Andrew Redmayne, Andrew
Linton, Andrew Linton, Andrew
Cullinane, Brendan Cullinane, Brendan
Macfarlane, Jack Macfarlane, Jack
Strain, Gary Strain, Gary
Glasgow Hawks
  • 1. Gary Strain
  • 2. Jack Macfarlane
  • 3. Brendan Cullinane
  • 4. Andrew Linton
  • 5. Andrew Redmayne
  • 6. James Eddie
  • 7. Finlay Gillies
  • 8. Andy Hill
  • 9. Patrick Boyer
  • 10. Gregor Hunter
  • 11. Paul Ramsay
  • 12. Jack Steele
  • 13. Brendan McGroarty
  • 14. Robert Beattie
  • 15. Robbie Houliston
  • 16. Grant Stewart
  • 17. Jerry Yanuyanutawa
  • 18. Matt Smith
  • 19. Sean Yacoubian
  • 20. Erlend Oag

League round up

Other BT Premiership results

Stirling County


# Team Pl Pts
1. Ayr 18 68
2. Currie 18 59
3. Heriot's 18 56
4. Melrose 18 54
5. Boroughmuir 18 46
6. Glasgow Hawks 18 45
7. Hawick 18 43

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