Monday 16 December 2013

Match reports - 14 December

Accies 7-33 London Welsh

We showed a much improved performance in the B&I Cup game at Raeburn Place on Saturday, but had to our fourth defeat in the competition with a 7-33 loss to London Welsh.

In the first half the effort from the our defence frustrated the Welsh attack. And even though they dominated the first 15 minutes, with heavy pressure at both our scrum and line out, it was not until the 20th minute we succumbed to the power of the Welsh as, number 8, Ollie Steadman surged over the line for their first try.

Will Robinson, continued his faultless kicking from the previous week and overcame the strong wind to add the extras, 0-7.

On the 30 minute mark from clean line out ball winger, Jamie Farndale, posed the first threat to the Welsh try line, but a knock on from Callum Reid, in the following phase, dashed any hopes of us scoring.

The remainder of the half saw most of the rugby controlled by the elements and neither side came close to altering the 0-7 scoreline before the break.

In the second half Welsh quickly looked to assert themselves and set up camp on the our try line for the opening exchanges. They were soon rewarded for their pressure with a penalty try as our defence upset the ref once too often at a scrum, with the conversion the score was - 0-14.

With 14 minutes gone we were penalised 10 meters out in front of the posts, and there was no way we could do anything as Steadman took a quick tap and went in before any of our players had the chance to retire the required distance! Robinson did his usual - 0-21. As a result of the offence Lewis Niven was yellow carded for 'repeat infringements'.

With 20 minutes to go Welsh then lost a prop for to the sin-bin for 'repeat infringements' and due to injury to their front row players, scrums were made uncontested until his return.

Five minutes later our replacement scrum-half Mike Campbell capitalised on a Welsh handling error and after hacking on three times, touched the ball down, under the posts, Iain Chisholm converted and reduced the deficit to 7-21 with 15 minutes to go.

Welsh however, were not finished scoring - and after being restored to a full XV, replacement back, Josh Watkins chipped over the top and slid unopposed over the try line - Robinson surprisingly missed the conversion, 8 minutes to go - 7-26.

In the last couple of minutes, in the gloom, rain and strong wind, we were again reduced to 14 men when Nyle Godsmark was sent to the bin for looking to deliberately knock a high bouncing ball over the dead ball line. Welsh, took advantage of the numerical difference with Billy Moss forcing his way over for a try - Robinson resumed his service, to make the final score 7-33.

Our head coach, Jonny Else said: “I couldn’t ask for anything more. It’s a shame at the end there, a couple of silly kicks, a couple of silly mistakes but that’s just the way it goes.

“They are a slick operation, very well coached, they all know what they are doing.

“It was an absolutely outstanding effort. The back line certainly shut off a lot of their wide attacks and that’s what we were aiming to do and now we need to bring that into the league campaign.”

Accies 2nds 12-3 Selkirk 2nds

Our 2nds resumed normal service beating Selkirk 2nds by 12-5, after leading 5-3 at half time.

The elements on the 2XV pitch were far worse than the main pitch, which does have some shelter provided by the houses in North Park Terrace, from the strong wind. And we made the better of the difficult conditions, scoring a try in each half.

Man of the match was our prop/hooker Shaun Strudwick, who was getting a full game for the first time for a while, rather than being on the First's bench.


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