GHA LOOSE OUT IN TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH AT MYRESIDE

GHA RFC Match 9: WATSONIANS FC 16 – 3 GHA RFC

2002/2003: Scottish Premiership Two

WATSONIANS FC 

 GHA RFC

J. Kerr 15 A. Scott
G. Haley 14 R. Watson
R. McKeown 13 B. Beagley
N. Tweedie 12 R. Armour
A. Turnbull 11 A. Gibbon
B. Hennessy 10 J. Noonan
D. Symmons 9 S. O’Donnell
K. Coertzee 1 R. Nolan
G. Dickson 2 S. MacKinnon
A. Welsh 3 D. Jamieson
D. Burns 4 J. Vos
C. Houston 5 J. Reid
N. Jackson 6 E. Smith
G. Brown 7 G. Howieson
I. Dryburgh 8 T. Carmichael
W. Scott 16 G. Walsh
C. Gregor 17 J. Fitzpatrick
18
19
Brown, Turnbull Try
Con
Hennessy (2) Pen  Noonan
DG
Referee
Mr I. Heard (Gala YM)

THE clash between the leading two clubs in Division 2 ended with Watsonians preserving their unbeaten record. However, their recently formed Glasgow opponents kept their newly acquired reputation, providing stern opposition to the Myreside club who had scored 41 tries in their eight previous league matches.

Some weak tackling allowed Graeme Haley to run 50 metres past several Glasgow players, Gavin Brown finishing off the move for Watsonians to score their first try after only two minutes. However, the visitors’ defence improved greatly, Andy Scott and Rory Watson, in particular, making some try-saving tackles. Watsonians winger Andrew Turnbull, normally a speedy finisher, was stopped four times as the line beckoned and only once did he escape the Glasgow defence to score in the corner in 50 minutes, after taking the ball from veteran full-back John Kerr.

GHA’s pack competed well, their defence remaining secure. They continued tackling to the end, although Watsonians’ attacking edge was blunted in the final quarter by Richard McKeown and Kian Coertzee being yellow-carded.

Source: The Scotsman & The Glasgow Herald, Monday 28th October 2002

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