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HAWKS - Match centre

Stirling County
Glasgow Hawks
Tries
J Macfarlane, G Horne, R Beattie
Conversions
G Hunter (2)
Penalties
G Hunter (2)
Sat 19 Sep 15:00 - Club Championships - BT Premiership Full time

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Thanks to Kevin Robertson

Stirling County lost their third BT Premiership match of the season to Glasgow Hawks, as the Bridgehaugh side slumped to second-bottom of the league table.

County captain Struan Robertson (right) came back into the team at blindside flanker in place of the injured Lewis Wynne, and scrum-half Luke Earle-Wright regained his place on the bench alongside forward Ed Howgate. Otherwise the starting XV was the same as the side that narrowly lost at Hawick the previous week.

Both sides tested each others’ defence in the early exchanges in ideal conditions for rugby in front of a healthy crowd at Bridgehaugh. Jonny Hope missed a long-range penalty attempt for County after 10 minutes, and his team-mate winger Matt Lamb went close only to be tackled in touch with the try-line beckoning.

Hawks opened the scoring with a try on 20 minutes, following a break from midfield by winger Robert Beattie, who was tackled deep in the County 22 before the ball was quickly recycled for hooker Jack McFarlane to touchdown. The try was converted by Gregor Hunter to give the visitors a 0 – 7 lead.

Loose play by County handed possession and territory to Hawks, and with visiting pack gaining the upper-hand in the set-piece, Hunter increased their lead with a successful penalty on 28 minutes, after County collapsed a retreating scrum on their 22.

Three minutes later County’s Hope (left) kicked a penalty goal from in front of the posts to reduce the leeway to 3 – 10, after Hawks were penalized for playing the ball on the ground.

Too many unforced handling errors prevented any cohesion to County’s play, combined with lack of discipline, saw the home-side on the back-foot. County won a relieving penalty, which was taken quickly, but no advantage was gained, and inexplicably the referee allowed Hawks to play-on and scrum-half George Horne scored an unconverted try for the visitors in the right-hand corner just before the break.

Half-time: Stirling County 3 – Glasgow Hawks 18.

County brought on Billy Dineen for Garry Mountford in the front-row, but it was Hawks who continued to dominate play after the re-start, and the visitors were held-up over the County try line before Hunter increased the lead to 3 – 18 with a straight-forward penalty goal after 43 minutes.

Three minutes later and Hawks effectively secured their victory with a try from winger Beattie, who sprinted unchallenged from half-way through a weak County defence to score a try under the posts, converted by Hunter to give the visitors a 3 – 25 lead.

County responded and winger Dylan Taikato-Simpson (right) scored an unconverted try in the left corner after 56 minutes.

Following a series of County replacements with Mike Dewar, Luke Earl-Wright and Ed Howgate entering the fray along with the returning Mountford, home outside-centre Danny Gilmour eluded the Hawks defence with ten minutes remaining to score a try under the posts, converted by Hope.

Final score: Stirling County 15 – Glasgow Hawks 25.

Scorers: Stirling County - Tries: Taikato-Simpson, Gilmour. Conv.: Hope. Pen.: Hope.
Glasgow Hawks - Tries: McFarlane, Horne, Beattie. Convs.: Hunter (2). Pens.: Hunter (2).

Stirling County: Jonny Hope (capt.), Matt Lamb, Danny Gilmour, Nick Grigg, Dylan Taikato-Simpson, Shaun Treweek, Alex Black; Colin Hutton, Reyner Kennedy, Garry Mountford, Ruaridh Leishman, Callum Hunter-Hill, Struan Robertson (capt.), Shaun McDonald, Vaka Manu. Replacements: Billy Dineen, Blair Gilchrist, Ed Howgate, Mike Dewar, Luke Earle-Wright.

Glasgow Hawks: Jack Steele, Tom Steven, Brendan McGroarty (capt.), Ally MacLay, Robert Beattie, Gregor Hunter, George Horne; Steven Findlay, Jack MacFarlane, Gary Strain, Andrew Kirkland, Andrew Linton, Andrew Redmayne, Angus Neilson, Andrew Hill.
Replacements: Callum Kerr, Chris Barnes, Matt Smith, Paddy Boyer, Pierre Mounal.

Referee: S. Grove-White.

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Key moments

20:00
Try Jack Macfarlane scores for Glasgow Hawks
20:00
Conversion Gregor Hunter kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks
28:00
Penalty Gregor Hunter kicks a penalty for Glasgow Hawks
38:00
Try George Horne scores for Glasgow Hawks
43:00
Penalty Gregor Hunter kicks a penalty for Glasgow Hawks
46:00
Try Robert Beattie scores for Glasgow Hawks
46:00
Conversion Gregor Hunter kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stirling County
  • Glasgow Hawks
  • 0
  • Jack Macfarlane Try 20:00'
  • Gregor Hunter Conversion 20:00'
  • Gregor Hunter Penalty 28:00'
  • George Horne Try 38:00'
  • Gregor Hunter Penalty 43:00'
  • Robert Beattie Try 46:00'
  • Gregor Hunter Conversion 46:00'

Team selection

Steele, Jack Steele, Jack
Steven, Tom Steven, Tom
McGroarty, Brendan McGroarty, Brendan
Maclay, Alastair Maclay, Alastair
Beattie, Robert Beattie, Robert
Hunter, Gregor Hunter, Gregor
Horne, George Horne, George
Hill, Andy Hill, Andy
Neilson, Angus Neilson, Angus
Redmayne, Andrew Redmayne, Andrew
Linton, Andrew Linton, Andrew
Kirkland, Andrew Kirkland, Andrew
Strain, Gary Strain, Gary
Macfarlane, Jack Macfarlane, Jack
Findlay, Steven Findlay, Steven
Glasgow Hawks

League round up

Other BT Premiership results

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25
34
Boroughmuir
Heriot's
36
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Hawick
35
36
Ayr
Currie
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League table

# 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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