2007/2008: Scottish Premiership One



S. Ruddick15C. McKay
C. Keenan14R. Watson
J. White13N. Cassie
E. O’Donnell12A. Bulloch
R. Cairns11R. McClymont
G. Cottrell10J. Noonan
C. Cusiter9J. Wright
F. Lait1J. Welsh
S. Crombie2D. Sutherland
C. Ward3J. Coffey
F. Pringle4A. Williamson
G. McCallum5G. Harkness
O. Brown6D. Chaney
A. Martyn7A. Boag
B. Fisher8C. Forrester
C. Costigan16D. Ziolo
A. McLean17G. Walsh
E. Mathieson18R. Jenkins
S. Waddell19R. Jericevich
S. McGhee 20A. Rushforth
Ward (3), CottrellTryMcKay, Watson, Wright
O’Donnell (3)ConNoonan, Wright


GHA pick up a loosing bonus point at Meggetland, ramping up importance of Dundee game next week.

Unlikely try hero Cam Ward bagged three of ‘Muir’s four touchdowns in yesterday’s rearranged league match against GHA, as the Capital side moved a step closer to their objective of taking their league points tally to 100 with a 26-19 win. ‘Muir produced a stuttering performance that lacked the fluency they displayed earlier in the season, and Ward admits that a similar showing will not be enough in the knockout cup competition away to Melrose this weekend.

A lacklustre start to yesterday’s match against the relegation haunted visitors saw ‘Muir fall behind to an early try from Rory Watson, converted by Jim Noonan. The response was swift and it featured a show of power from the ‘Muir pack as they drove the GHA eight back over their line, allowing Ward to touch down for a try, which Elgan O’Donnell converted to square matters. And, not satisfied with scoring the opener, Ward became the creator when he acted as link man to send stand-off Greg Cottrell scampering over for the club’s second try of the afternoon, with O’Donnell again converting. A repeat of the move that had yielded the first ‘Muir try produced an identical outcome, with Ward securing his second of the afternoon to give the hosts a 21-7 advantage at the break.

GHA clawed their way back into the match with a converted try from Chris McKay but Ward was not yet finished and he completed a rare prop’s hat-trick when he squeezed in at the corner. Jono Wright claimed GHA’s third try to clinch a bonus point that could prove valuable in their bid to beat the drop.

However, it was the achievement of Ward that was the talking point. The 27-year-old Kiwi admitting that his three-try haul was a first. “They weren’t 50 metre runaways but I’ll take them,” he joked. “The first two were good forward drives. It’s quite easy when you’re sitting on the back of the bus and you’re just going along for the ride.” However, he admitted that a repeat performance will not suffice next time out. “In the first half we started to play the way we wanted to play. In the second half, I’m not sure what happened,” he added. “But we knew GHA would come out fighting, so overall, we’re happy with the win.”

Source: The Scotsman, Monday 10th March 2008

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