GHA FIGHT TO THE BITTER END IN PREMIERSHIP SWANSONG

GHA RFC MATCH 70: GHA RFC 29 – 36 ABERDEEN GRAMMAR RUGBY

2004/2005: Scottish Premiership One

GHA RFC 

 ABERDEEN GRAMMAR RUGBY

B. Edgar 15 T. Jericevich
R. Watson 14 C. Phillips
A. Bulloch 13 D. Millard
R. West 12 L. McCann
A. Rushforth 11 E. Campbell
AJ. MacFarlane 10 R. Seib
R. Au 9 M. McLean
D. Jamieson 1 D. Massey
C. Di Ciacca 2 T. Dinnen
A. Reekie 3 M. Low
A. Williamson 4 J. Watt
G. Williamson 5 A. Pulman
G. Harkness 6 J. McKenzie
A. Boag 7 D. Teague
J. Mathieson 8 R. Currie
A. Miller 16 R. Stark
17 C. McCaul
18 G. Strang
19
Bulloch, MacFarlane, Mathieson, Watson, West Try Millard (2), Seib (2), Pulman
Edgar (2) Con Seib (4)
Pen Seib
DG
Referee
Mr D. Wilkinson (West RRS)

GHA can hold their heads high as they bow out of the Premiership with defeat at Braidholm.

The win was well merited, although Grammar had to overcome a half-time 24-12 deficit before turning up the pressure on the game Glasgow side, which in this form could never have been relegated.  The handling deficiencies of the two sides did, however, add to the occasion, ensuring good entertainment value regardless of the lack of implications for the two protagonists.

Grammar burst out of the blocks with an early try from lock Aaron Pulman to which centre Dave Millard added another which was converted by Rod Seib, who had taken on the placekicking duties for the day. Once the Australian found his range he proved to be a kicking revelation, striking four conversions and a penalty while finding time to score two hallmarked tries from the unaccustomed position of stand off.

Having raced into a 12-point lead Grammar were stunned by a home fightback that yielded four tries, three of which came in a six-minute spell just before the interval.

After the break Grammar regained their composure, displaying more fight and guile than the home side, enabling them to add tries from Seib (2) and Millard again was celebrating a contract for next season with English club Coventry in Division 1. New boy Tane Jericevich had a solid debut at full back, while lock Colin McCaul made a welcome return to the first-team ranks.

GHA scored a late try to equal the visitors’ five-try total which earned them a bonus point.

Source: The Glasgow Herald & The Press & Journal, Monday 2nd May 2005

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