It’s not often you come away from such a convincing win wondering what was actually accomplished, however that was the case on Saturday.
Having just been touched off by Marr last week the expectation was that Hawick would come to Goldenacre full of fight, determined to put in a performance that would set them up for the rest of the season. This did not happen and the sad reality was that we had scored seven tries by half time and 12 by the finish in a completely one sided affair which did nothing for the club game but has done our points difference no harm at all.
Having been slow starters against Hawks last week we came flying out of the blocks and within three minutes had the first score on the board and with no let up in the intensity we were out of sight within 20 minutes. Whether it was a true indication of how well we played we’ll find out on Friday night when we face a trip to Myreside and our first opportunity to take on Stevie Lawrie’s Watsonian team. Kick off 19:30. Should be a great game and I would encourage everyone to get along.
The 2nd XV have had a faltering start to the season, however with a strong side out on Saturday and against top of the table Edinburgh Acccies there was a feeling we were about to turn the corner, however after 40 minutes Accies had built up an “unassailable” 26 v 0 lead and we were facing an uphill battle. The introduction of Iain Wilson who has been out for a year through injury seemed to galvanise the team and from the whistle we were on the attack with the Accies defence being put under extreme pressure. While it was inevitable that tries would come we were making life hard for ourselves with crucial turnovers and dropped passes within 10m of the Accies line. Having battered away for 40 minutes it looked like we were going to come up just short but with the last play of the game and Accies having given away a stream of penalties we crossed the line with Alex Haggart nailing a touchline conversion to win us the game.
A fantastic result and one that we can build on for the rest of the campaign. This Saturday its Watsonians up at Myreside for 2nd XV – KO 15:00.
Belatedly this was the 3rd XV s first game of the season and up against a strong and well disciplined Kelso 2s was always going to be a challenge. While this was a heavy defeat the boys should take heart from the fact that we are playing in a highly competitive league against some of the best reserve teams in the country and with game time under the belts we will start to see rapid improvement. Saturday sees the Murrayfield Wanderers come to Goldenacre to play against the 3rd XV – KO 15:00