2011/2012: Scottish Premiership Three



D. McMillan15R. McClymont
 S. Johnstone14D. Dunn
R. Westwood13H. O’Hare
J. Baxendale12A. Henderson (c)
L. McWhinnie11J. Brogan
J. Harris10T. Jericevich
A. McLaren9M. Houston
D. Irvine1S. Spowart
C. Lewis2D. Malcolm
G. Sloan3M. Kidd
K. Watters4M. Anderson
E. Ferguson5A. Barnett
K. Hughes6J. Auld
E. Stewart7A. Auld
C. Simmonds8J. Pinder
 L. Barclay16I. Nelson
S. Baird17S. Fisher
 R. Watters18C. Sorbie
L. Matheson19R. Jericevich
TryO’Hare (2), Henderson, T. Jericevich, Pinder
ConHouston (2)
Harris (4)Pen
Mr G. Whitecross


A 5 try to 0 away victory would normally be a win to savour but the reality is that GHA were made to fight all the way by a dogged home team. GHA also conspired t o make the game close for much of the match with a string of errors and missed opportunities.

The first 20 minutes were GHA’s best spell, pinning theh ome team in their 22m and creating numerous scoring opporunties, 3 of which were taken. The first try came after some neat build up play which looked to have broken down on a wayward pass however Hefin O’Hare scooped up, and danced his way through several Dalziel defenders before scoring under the posts. This was shortly followed by a line out catch and drive on the Dalziel 22, Jamie Pinder broke free up the blind side and ran over the top of the Dalziel left wing to dot down.

Hefin O’Hare then added his second. A blind side move from a scrum ball on the 5 metre line allowed him to easily round his opposite number and score in the corner. GHA then struggled to keep up the great start and gave away numerous penalties which allowed Dalziel to reply with 3 well taken penalties and the half time score was 17-9 to GHA.

The second half started as the first had ended, GHA were playing poorly and continued to be on the wrong end of a high penalty count. Dalziel added a further 3 points and GHA flanker Alan Auld was sent to the sin bin for handling on the wrong side of the ruck. Dalziel could not capitalise further though and GHA were handed the 4th try on a plate when a mix up at a lineout from the home team led to the ball bouncing loose over the Dalizel try line. Andrew Henderson was quickest to react and score probably the easiest try of his career.

The 5th and final score was a well worked effort. GHA fielded a clearance kick and Craig Sorbie made a clean line break before eventually being tackled near the Dalziel 22m line. The forwards then worked the ball in field for two phases before it was spun wide to Alan Auld who found himself on the right wing. Alan cut inside before off loading out of the tackle to fly half Tane Jericevich who out paced the cover defenders to score in the corner.

GHA will feel disappointed with the overall performance but pleased to have got the away win which leaves them in 3rd place in the Premier 3 table.

Source: Bill McMurtrie

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