OBJECTIVE IS UNCONVINCINGLY ACHIEVED WHILST LEADERS SLIP UP

GHA RFC MATCH 232: GHA RFC 34 – 18 HADDINGTON RFC 

2011/2012: Scottish Premiership Three

GHA RFC 

 HADDINGTON RFC

R. McClymont 15 N. Watt
R. Jericevich 14 K. Adams
H. O’Hare 13 G. Dykes
(c) A. Henderson 12 E. Herkes
J. Brogan 11 N. Jeffrey
C. Sorbie 10 J. Ferguson
M. Houston 9 S. Miller
S. Spowart 1 G. Cockburn
D. Malcolm 2 C. Harrison
M. Kidd 3 A. Laidlaw
A. Barnett 4 G. Paris
D. Kellock 5 D. Barber
J. Auld 6 C. Davies
A. Auld 7 S. Gilmour
J. Pinder 8 K. Paterson
T. Ritchie 16 P. Smith
S. Fisher 17 M. Morrison
D. Dunn 18 G. Crawford
N. Cassie 19 D. Symington
Pinder (2), J. Auld, Brogan, Sorbie Try Davies, Paris
Houston (3) Con Watt
Houston Pen Watt (2)
DG
Referee
Ms A. Pratt (Watsonians FC)

 

In a far from convincing performance against a stuffy Haddington side, GHA achieved the 5 point objective with a bonus point victory. Elsewhere, league favourites Howe of Fife slipped up on the road against Ardrossan to throw the championship race wide open and hand GHA the top spot. With Dumfries and Kirkcaldy also still in contention, it should be an exciting end to the season.

GHA began the game in fine form scoring what was probably the try of the season so far. GHA full back Ross McClymont fielded a Haddington kick at the GHA 5 metre line and made a break to the GHA 22. The ball was then worked quickly for a couple of phases before a neat one handed off load from second row Adam Barnett set Alan Auld clear. The GHA flanker drew the Haddington full back wide before firing a one handed pass inside to fly half Craig Sorbie who went in under the sticks.

Haddington responded quickly with a well worked try off a driven line out. GHA gave away a penalty in halting the driving maul but a quick tap led to the Haddington flanker going over.

GHA’s second came from a quick tap near the Haddington line. The forwards sucked in the defence with several pick and goes before the ball was spun wide to John Brogan to score in the corner.

Haddington added a penalty before GHA’s third score. This time from a scrum ball, Andrew Henderson hit up in mid-field and quick ball was then put through the hands for Brogan to make a break for the line. He was stopped 5 metres short and Haddington gave a way a penalty at the ensuing ruck. GHA elected to go for a quick tap and Jamie Pinder scored his first of the afternoon in the left hand corner.

The bonus point try came from the following kick off. Haddington secured the initial kick but the scrum half’s box kick clearance was charged down by Alan Auld. Alan recovered it before passing to blindside flanker Jamie Auld to go over.

GHA lost prop Sean Fisher to the sin bin early in the second half and Haddington took full advantage when they scored a great try of their own. From a line out on the half way. The ball was eventually spun wide and their full back made an outside break into the GHA 22. Quick ball was secured and put through the hands for their second row to score in the right hand corner.

The rest of the half was a bit of a non-event with the referee contributing to a stop start affair which had little fluency from either side. The game was rounded off however by another Pinder score from a line out on the Haddington 5 metre line. Houston converted to complete the scoring at the final whistle.

Next up, GHA make the short trip to Cartha QP for the second instalment of the southside derby on March 17th. GHA won the first game back in October by 39 to 13 so a Cartha backlash is expected. Kick Off will be 3pm.

Source: Bill McMurtrie

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