Match report, Premiership 2: Accies v Boroughmuir

Accies 15-33 Boroughmuir

This was a game in which we played reasonably well in the first half and fell away dramatically in the second, as Boroughmuir moved up through the gears. They were led by their big pack, where Edinburgh pros Simon Berghan and Neil Cochrane in the front row added invaluable experience and hard-edged clout.

For the first quarter of the game there was no score as both teams sized each other up. Then ‘Muir stand off Graeme Blackhall kicked a 30 metre penalty. Then within four minutes they added a try after kicking to the corner, winning the lineout and setting up loose-head prop Robby Wilson to burrow over and touch down: 0-8.

That woke us up and within four minutes brought the score back to 7-8 when we repeated ‘Muir's score: kick for the corner, catch at the lineout, launch an unstoppable rolling maul with lock Jamie McCarthy claiming the try and scrum half Alex Glashan kicking the conversion.

A few minutes later Muir worked their way to our line and, after a pile up at the foot of the posts, Rory Scott fell on the ball for the try. Blackhall converted: 7-15. As the half drew to a close we were attacking their line but were only awarded with a Glashan penalty, to make the half time score 10-15.

After half time our first scrum went back like a train, setting the scene, and two quick tries followed. The first came from another lineout inside our 22. The ball was smuggled to Magnus Bradbury to score. The second, and bonus point try, came after a switch-pass to Jordan Edmunds who scored the try without a hand on him: 10-25.

Following that we had a spell where we retained the ball and Sam Pecqueur beat two or three players to outdistance all chasing players for our second try. 20 minutes to go: 15-25.

It was too little, too late and we never got another opportunity. Boroughmuir replacement stand-off David Reekie kicked a second penalty and then a conversion, after full back Farquharson waltzed into the left corner for a fifth try. Final score: 15-33.

It was a bad, bad day at the office, when, through a number of missing players, the depth of our squad was tested and found wanting. Our scrum was a bit lightweight and we were second best at the breakdown. As a result we were always on the back foot and hence took a beating.

Posted on Thursday, 11 September 2014 under Match Reports Club News