2nd XV vs Hawks: Match Report
Stew Mel continued their undefeated run with a superb 38-3 bonus point win away to Glasgow Hawks at Old Anniesland – a ground that rarely sees a victory for the men in Red, Black and Gold.
A confident young Stew Mel side played the elements perfectly to put Hawks to the sword and take top spot in Reserve National League 1.
Our decision to play into the strong wind during the first half paid off as we got to the break with a 9-3 advantage. Strong defence and two penalties from Rob Patterson and a long range effort from Alex Haggart, who came on for the injured Ross Grant, gave us a welcome six point cushion for the second half.
With the wind at our backs in the second half, some intelligent kicks from Alex, Mickey and Rob pinned Hawks back in their half.
After some sustained pressure near the Hawks line, the breakthrough came from a quick tap penalty which sent Gav crashing over for a try. Further pressure then saw Fraser snap up a try when Hawks spilled the ball trying to clear their lines.
Hawks then tried to take the game to Stew Mel, but they could not find a way through the solid Stew Mel defence. Particular praise goes to Broon and Bowie in the centre, who time and again thwarted the Hawks attack.
Entering the final 10 minutes, our forward dominance was rewarded with two further tries. First, from a Burge training ground lineout move, Dylan piled over in the corner. Then a deft offload from Angus created the gap for Adam to continue his try scoring streak and slide in under the posts.
Alex was successful with all but one of the conversions as well as slotting a further penalty. We wish him, Ross and Max all the best as they head off to university.
The spirit in the squad is high at the moment and we will be looking to build on the promising early performances of the season. This week we welcome Heriot’s to Inverleith for what is sure to be a fiercely contested match.