Thursday 11 December 2014

Match report, Premiership 12: Accies v Currie

Accies 18-15 Currie

Playing towards the clubhouse, and against the wind, we started the game well and were camped in the Currie 22 for the first 15 minutes. We should have made something from that but unfortunately we dropped a pass with the line at our mercy and were also kept out by some strong defence.

The game swung and it was our turn to produce a solid defensive effort as the visitors gained the upper hand. After 17 minutes we saw the referee give a scrum after Currie's James Semple took too long over preparing to kick a penalty - a very rare decision and one I've not seen for a considerable length of time.

However, with two competitive sides cancelling each other out, it was left to Semple to boot the only points of the first half after 37 minutes, for a 0-3 Currie interval lead.

After half time we started with a bang and Jack Marples fought his way over, at full stretch just making the line, to edge us into the lead. Three minutes later Ross Weston countered for Currie with a typically rumbustious effort to make the score 5-8. Then with 15 minutes of the second half gone, Alex Glashan evened the game up, 8-8, with a penalty.

It was then another 10 minutes before Weston scored his second try of the afternoon, which was converted by Semple: 8-15. With 32 minutes gone, we got ourselves in a good position in the Currie 22 and, following a lineout and a drive, Robin Snape broke away and sprinted through to score a good try: 13-15.

In the closing minutes there was a belief that we could do it and consequently we raised the pace of the game. From a position on the halfway line in front of the stand we started to go forward, with a number of drives, a good 25 metre run by replacement David Bates, followed by driving the ball to within 5 metres of the Currie line. The ball was moved out to the backs and after three or four retentions, Jack Marples ran a good line, took a pass and broke through a couple of tackles to score and make the score 18-15, with three minutes to go.

And a nervous three minutes it was, finished when we booted the ball into touch to hear the final whistle.

After the game skipper Greg Campbell, who led by example, said: “We displayed the grit we will need to reproduce over the coming weeks to move away from the bottom rung of the league table.”

Reflecting on our third win of a campaign that has included several tight finishes, he added: “It was good to finally get a win. We spoke about not blowing it in the last five or ten minutes of the game and keeping the pressure on when we had to. We worked hard on that in training then showed it in the game. We knew it was coming if we could string 80 minutes together. We didn’t quite manage 80 minutes but we played enough rugby when we needed to.”


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