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Heriot's Rugby Club
Glasgow Hawks RFC
Tries
R Beattie, L Brims, S Dow
Conversions
L Brims (3)
Sat 3 Nov 14:00 - Club Championships - Tennent's Premiership Full time

Frustrating day at Goldenacre

Offside Line report

IAIN LEGGAT @ Goldenacre

A RUTHLESS second-half performance from Heriot’s was enough to push past Glasgow Hawks, who once again showed promise throughout the match, deserved to take home something for their efforts, and were disappointed not to get a losing bonus, while after last week’s 50-point win over Hawick, Heriot’s fell just short of making it a century of points from the two weekends.

After an edgy first half in which the game was in the balance, however, home coach Phil Smith was simply happy to see his side dominate the second 40. “That’s now a few first halves we’ve been really poor, and it’s a trait we don’t want,” he said.

“When you see what we can do second half, and we actually did some good bits first half, but the ball wasn’t with us at the vital moments because we did something silly. So it’s a great second half and that’s what we will try and recognise and keep working off that.


“Hawks are not a bad team. People will look at the score and maybe have expectations, but it wasn’t like that. They are a good team and we had to work really hard to get the end result.”
Both sides came out the blocks blazing with an open and fast-paced running game, and although the Hawks defence initially although struggled to keep up with the frantic pace of the Heriot’s back line, it was the visitors who took the lead. Robert Beattie collected an excellent chip through, and Liam Brims added the extras.

The Heriot’s reply was immediate, as Ruairidh Leishman collected the restart on the bounce and made a daring run through the defence, Ross Jones converting. The home team kept up the pressure, and after the ball was flung from wing to wing, Charlie Simpson cruised down the line then popped the ball over the heads of the defence with a quirky pass into the hands of Alex Ball.

Jones converted to put the hosts seven points ahead, but the lead lasted barely a minute before Brims made his way through a yawning gap in the Heriot’s defence to drive over the line despite having two defenders on his back. The home team had the last word in the first half, however, with Simpson himself scoring off quick delivery and Jones again converting.

While that score was costly to Hawks, the real damage came with the sinbinning just before the break of lock Andrew Kirkland. They managed to claw themselves back into contention straight from the restart, with the Heriot’s defence being caught sleeping as Gavin Wilson powered over for a try converted by Brims. But, from 21-21, Heriot’s quickly made full use of the man advantage, dominating the rest of the match.

First, substitute Ali Johnston gave them the lead off a powerful lineout drive, and then Ball got his second with an easy run in to the line. Johnston’s second put the issue beyond doubt, and then Callum Marshall rounded things off with the seventh and final try.

Hawks head coach Finlay Gillies, frustrated at his side’s second-half showing, said the yellow card was enough to turn the game in Heriot’s favour. “We just didn’t control the second half at all. We should have been really confident coming out – we had the wind, we had been playing really well, we had stuck to our task.

“But another yellow card, another 10 minutes with 14 men, doesn’t help us. I think that’s our 13th or 14th yellow card this season, which is not good enough.”

Heriot’s: D Steele; R McMichael, R Jones, S Edwards, C Simpson; D Martin, A Ball; A McMillan, M Liness, S Cessford, C Marshall, R Leishman, M Hughes, J McLean, I Wilson©. Subs: A Johnston, S Mustard, A Sinclair, C Jupp, C Robertson

Glasgow Hawks: J McCready, M New, R Beattie, M Priestly, J Couper, P Boyer, L Brims; G Strain (c), J Gemmell, L Skinner, A Kirkland, F Hastie, S Dow, G Wilson, G Adams; P Henderson, D York, R Thompson, E Oag, M Godsman

Referee: D Sutherland.

Scorers –

Heriot’s: Tries: Leishman, Johnston 2, Ball 2, Simpson, Marshall. Cons: Jones 5.

Hawks: Tries: Beattie, Brims, Wilson. Cons: Brims 3.

Scoring sequence (Heriot’s first): 0-5, 0-7, 5-7, 7-7, 12-7, 14-7, 14-12, 14-14, 19-14, 21-14 half-time, 21-19, 21-21, 26-21, 28-21, 33-21, 35-21, 40-21, 45-21.

Yellow card: Glasgow Hawks: Kirkland.

Man of the Match: Heriot’s scrum-half Alex Ball excelled once again, backing up his hat-trick of tries against Hawick with a double this week. Orchestrating the back line well, he kept the tempo high to punish the languid Hawks defence.

Talking point: The Andrew Kirkland yellow card was the crucial turning point of the match, with the man advantage being enough for the Heriot’s back line to take control.

Key moments

10:00
Try Robert Beattie scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
10:00
Conversion Liam Brims kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks RFC
30:00
Try Liam Brims scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
30:00
Conversion Liam Brims kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks RFC
41:00
Try Struan Dow scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
41:00
Conversion Liam Brims kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks RFC

Highlights

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41:00 Try 0 - 19
Struan Dow scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
41:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Liam Brims kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks RFC
End of period 1
35:00 Yellow Card
Andrew Kirkland is yellow carded for Glasgow Hawks RFC
30:00 Try 0 - 12
Liam Brims scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
30:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Liam Brims kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks RFC
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Robert Beattie scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
10:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Liam Brims kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks RFC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Heriot's Rugby Club
  • Glasgow Hawks RFC
  • 0
  • Robert Beattie Try 10:00'
  • Liam Brims Conversion 10:00'
  • Liam Brims Try 30:00'
  • Liam Brims Conversion 30:00'
  • Andrew Kirkland Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Struan Dow Try 41:00'
  • Liam Brims Conversion 41:00'

Team selection

Couper, James Couper, James
Priestly, Max Priestly, Max
Beattie, Robert Beattie, Robert
New, Mark New, Mark
Mccready, Jack Mccready, Jack
Brims, Liam Brims, Liam
Boyer, Patrick Boyer, Patrick
Adams, Gary Adams, Gary
Dow, Struan Dow, Struan
Wilson, Gavin Wilson, Gavin
Hastie, Fraser Hastie, Fraser
Kirkland, Andrew Kirkland, Andrew
Skinner, Lewis Skinner, Lewis
Gemmell, Jack Gemmell, Jack
Strain, Gary Strain, Gary

League round up

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Melrose RFC
21
10
Hawick RFC
Stirling County RFC
8
14
Watsonian FC
Ayr RFC
29
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Edinburgh Academical FC
Boroughmuir
41
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Currie Chieftains

League table

# Team Pl Pts
4. Currie Chieftains 12 39
5. Watsonian FC 12 38
6. Boroughmuir 12 33
7. Stirling County RFC 12 30
8. Hawick RFC 12 14
9. Glasgow Hawks RFC 12 13
10. Edinburgh Academical FC 12 4

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