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Sat 26 Jan 15:00 - Club Championships - Tennent's Premiership Full time

Matt Vallance reports

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MATT VALLANCE @ Millbrae

AYR will finish top of the regular season Tennent’s Premiership table, and will thus be number one seeds with home advantage in the play-offs, following this emphatic win over a game Hawks side at Millbrae.

As you might expect from a West Coast derby, the exchanges were feisty, but English exchange referee Joe James impressed and played his full part in providing an entertaining game in difficult conditions, even if he perhaps allowed more “advice” from the respective captains than a Scottish referee might have.

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“They were clinical when they had to be,” said Hawks’ coach Fin Gillies, remarking on how every Ayr try came off turnover ball. However, as Gillies, whose ability to remain cheerful this season has been a lesson to all, also conceded: “They were bigger, better in a lot of departments and they had a physicality we could not match.”

Gillies’ young side, as ever, left nothing out there, but, were simply out-gunned.

Ayr’s Peter Murchie had little to say, beyond: “Job done in tricky conditions.” Well, when you both attack and defend as well as this Ayr team does – week-in, week-out – there is little point in saying anything else.

Paddy Dewhirst took man-of-the-match honours with a first-half hat-trick . Frazier Climo set him up for the first with a great break; Danny McCluskey‘s ruck piracy set-up the third, but the second, a 75-metre slaloming run, was all his own work.

Climo converted two and, although Liam Brims had briefly made it 7-3 with an early penalty, at 19-3 at the break, things looked bad for Hawks.

A stream of replacements took some sting out of the third quarter, before Ayr wrapped-up the bonus-point with Paddy Kelly touching down after a great McCluskey break. Climo converting.

Replacement David Corbenici then sprinted 30-metres off another turnover, before, in a spirited final quarter display, Hawks were rewarded by a Kaleem Barreto try, off that rarity, scrum ball against the head, Brims converted but, right at the death, Ayr broke out of their own 22 and Grant Anderson sent replacement Dutch scrum-half Amir Rademaker over for the final score of the game.

Teams –

Ayr: G Anderson; P Dewhirst, P Kelly, D McCluskey, J Bova, F Climo, H Warr; R Sayce, A McGuire, S Longwell, A North, L Morrice, T Spinks, P McCallum, B Macpherson. Replacements: S Collier, B Paterson, D Corbenici, A Rademaker, J Pinkerton.

Glasgow Hawks: P Boyer, G Faulds, M New, C Harrison, J McCready, L Brims, K Barreto, G Strain, A Fraser, L Skinner, F Hastie, A Kirkland, C Thompson, S Dow, S Lecky. Replacements: P Cairncross, A Nimmo, G Wilson, M Priestly, J Siems

Referee: J James (RU)J James (RFU)

Scorers –

Ayr: Tries: Paddy Dewhirst 3, Kelly, Corbenici, Rademaker; Cons: Climo 3.

Glasgow Hawks: Try: Kaleem Barreto. Conversion. Liam Brims. Penalty Goal: Liam Brims.

Scoring sequence (Ayr first): 5-0; 7-0; 7-3; 12-3; 14-3; 19-3 (h-t). 24-3; 26-3; 31-3; 31-8; 31-10; 3-10.

Man-of-the-Match: With three tries, and some excellent defensive work, it has to be Paddy Dewhirst.

Talking Point: Ayr have survived a mid-season mini-slump to finish the regular season strongly and, with a game to spare, they will top the regular season standings. But, will they have the strength to get through what already looks like being the tightest and most-competitive play-offs yet?

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Key moments

12:00
Penalty Liam Brims kicks a penalty for Glasgow Hawks RFC
65:00
Try Gary Strain scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
65:00
Conversion Liam Brims kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks RFC

Videos and photos

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Hawks v Ayr 201018

Highlights

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65:00 Try 0 - 8
Gary Strain scores for Glasgow Hawks RFC
65:00 Conversion 0 - 10
Liam Brims kicks a conversion for Glasgow Hawks RFC
End of period 1
12:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Liam Brims kicks a penalty for Glasgow Hawks RFC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ayr RFC
  • Glasgow Hawks RFC
  • 0
  • Liam Brims Penalty 12:00'
  • Gary Strain Try 65:00'
  • Liam Brims Conversion 65:00'

Team selection

Boyer, Patrick Boyer, Patrick
Faulds, Glen Faulds, Glen
New, Mark New, Mark
Harrison, Callum Harrison, Callum
Mccready, Jack Mccready, Jack
Brims, Liam Brims, Liam
Barreto, Kaleem Barreto, Kaleem
Dow, Struan Dow, Struan
Leckey, Stephen Leckey, Stephen
Thomson, Charlie Thomson, Charlie
Hastie, Fraser Hastie, Fraser
Kirkland, Andrew Kirkland, Andrew
Skinner, Lewis Skinner, Lewis
Fraser, Angus Fraser, Angus
Strain, Gary Strain, Gary

League round up

Other Tennent's Premiership results

Edinburgh Academical FC
19
14
Watsonian FC
Heriot's Rugby Club
35
14
Boroughmuir
Melrose RFC
10
31
Currie Chieftains
Stirling County RFC
25
12
Hawick RFC

League table

# Team Pl Pts
4. Melrose RFC 18 62
5. Watsonian FC 18 57
6. Stirling County RFC 18 46
7. Boroughmuir 18 44
8. Glasgow Hawks RFC 18 20
9. Hawick RFC 18 19
10. Edinburgh Academical FC 18 14

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