GHA RFC MATCH 167: GHA RFC 29 – 15 ABERDEEN GRAMMAR RUGBY
2008/2009: Scottish Premiership Two
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR RUGBY
|G. Taylor||15||S. Aitken|
|R. Jericevich||14||C. Browne|
|N. Cassie (c)||13||C. Scott|
|R. McClymont||12||E. Campbell|
|P. Hilley||11||G. Walker|
|J. Noonan||10||B. Russell|
|A. Gillman||9||M. Ward|
|A. McCormick||1||M. Dixon|
|J. Coffey||2||T. McGuiness|
|A. Kelly||3||S. Richardson|
|A. Williamson||4||S. Brand|
|I. Smith||5||M. Douglas|
|P. Harkins||6||S. Warnock|
|J. Pinder||7||A. Richardson|
|D. Chaney||8||C. Allan|
|G. Warnock||16||D. Sutherland|
|R. Jenkins||17||T. Pinet|
|A. Rushforth||18||M. Oatey|
|Mr R. MacKinnon (West RRS)|
Aberdeen Grammar were brought back down to earth as they crash to defeat on the road. Additionally the Rubislaw men are hit hard with key players picking up injuries in a game that the coach feels was one that got away
“We enjoyed most of the play and after going into the break only 10-8 down I was confident we were going on to win, but we were guilty of over elaborating, combined with injuries to key personnel,” said Brian Clark, Grammar’s Director of Rugby.
Among those to come off with knocks was back row player Sandy Warnock who tore ligaments in his ankle and stand off Billy Russell. Both are doubtful for Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie against Melrose.
But the biggest blow to the visitors’ chances came midway through the second half when they lost the services of winger Grant Walker to the sin bin for having his hands in a ruck. During his 10-minute absence the Glasgow side took control, clocking up 14 points to take the game away from the visitors.
A late try from the ever-improving Steven Aitken, which he converted, was little consolation in a game which should have been won, acting as a fillip for the cup tie at Melrose. Grammar scored a try through a well-worked effort from winger Chris Brown to which Aitken added the conversion.
“It was a disappointing outcome and one that definitely got away,” said Clark.
Source: The Press and Journal, Monday 30th March 2009