1st XV vs Hamilton: Match Report

1st XV vs Hamilton: Match Report

On Saturday afternoon I visited Hamilton to see the FP 1st XV gaining their second victory in a row with a 32-19 score line.

A beefy Hamilton pack monopolised possession for large parts of the game, but, fortunately, our defence coped well (apart from one or two glaring aberrations), and, when we had the ball, we always looked the more dangerous side.

Mike Hanning had another accomplished game at fly half, orchestrating our play, and this allowed our backs to look dangerous in attack. Hayden’s second try was, perhaps, pick of the bunch, although he did look worried when he had no option but to burn the opposition on an outside break and score in the corner. Luckily, his hamstrings held out and the referee ignored the Hamilton crowd’s protestations about a forward pass!

Indeed, if you listened to the locals’ observations in the bar afterwards, three of our tries were the direct result of dubious passes with a forward velocity. In a very hospitable club, I felt it best to hold my own counsel!

It was good to see Colin Rigby enjoying himself and not tearing his hair out for a change! Equally, the referee was delighted that Malky was unable to attend. As it turned out, he got more than enough stick from the Hamilton faithful.

Gus Lean, who played on the wing in one of the school 1st XV cup winning teams, is looking increasingly competitive in the backrow, and it was good to see Phil Hendry returning to the action after wowing the crowds with his Best Man speech at brother Sam’s wedding the previous Saturday.

Phil Waine

Hamilton match report here

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