SPOILS EVEN AS WOODWORK DENIES GHA FIRST VICTORY

GHA RFC MATCH 172: JED-FOREST RFC 17 – 17 GHA RFC 

2009/2010: Scottish Premiership Two

JED-FOREST RFC 

 GHA RFC

L. Young 15 C. Binnie
G. Walker 14 G. Jones
G. Young 13 N. Cassie (c)
M. Hastie 12 R. McClymont
J. McGaw 11 R. O’Keefe
E. Scott 10 J. Noonan
J. Hogg 9 A. Gillman
R. Ferguson 1 D. McKay
M. Graham 2 G. King
(c) G. Holburn 3 A. Kelly
P. Hill 4 G. Warnock
S. Scott 5 R. Jenkins
D. Grieve 6 S. Bingham
S. Laidlaw 7 J. Pinder
J. Cunningham 8 D. Kellock
S. Raeburn 16 J. Coffey
N. Bates 17 M. Longton
P. Pringle 18 A. Rushforth
D. Gillespie 19 B. Farrell
Raeburn Try O’Keefe
Con
Scott (4) Pen Noonan (3)
DG Noonan
Referee
TBC

 

Despite their pre-match preparations being disrupted by traffic problems, resulting in their late arrival in the Borders, GHA dominated for long spells and were desperately unlucky not to claim a vital away victory with Jim Noonan being denied by the woodwork on no fewer than three occasions. 

Straight from the delayed kick-off, Jed had the early pressure and although home stand-off Ewan Scott missed an early penalty attempt, he made no mistake in the sixth minute with a simple kick when GHA forwards were penalised for killing a ruck.

Jim Noonan’s first penalty attempt crashed off the post moments later before Niall Cassie scythed through the Jed defence, leaving Ruairi O’Keefe to finish off in the right hand corner. Noonan’s conversion attempt slid past but GHA were 5-3 ahead.

Scott slotted penalty number two for Jed when Noonan was judged to have committed a high tackle but he soon made amends with a penalty reply from 45 metres when the Jed scrum half picked the ball out the GHA scrum. Scott converted another penalty to give Jed a one point lead but a Noonan drop goal on the stroke of half-time put GHA 11-9 ahead.

With Scott missing with a drop goal attempt and a penalty effort, there was no further scoring until Noonan kicked another long range effort after Jed were penalised for not releasing on the ground.

With the game now punctuated with numerous infringements and handling mistakes despite the glorious conditions, play degenerated although Jed replacement Scott Raeburn touched down wide out on the right after scrum half James Hogg’s lively break. Scott failed to add the extra points but made no mistake with another penalty when, on the hour, GHA were penalised for not rolling away at the tackle and GHA were trailing 17-14.

As GHA turned the screw, Noonan kicked another penalty goal from 40 metres to make it 17-17 and with 10 minutes to go Jamie Pinder stormed upfield from a lineout but ran out of support in the home 22. A Noonan drop kick hit the bar and a last gasp penalty attempt from half way hit the same spot as GHA failed to secure victory despite again dominating the scrums and with a massive improvement in lineout play.

Source: Bill McMurtrie

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