A fine start to 2012, with both 1st and 3rd XVs recording narrow wins on the road.
The 1st XV edged Biggar 10-7 at Hartreemill, our points coming via tries from Rob Patterson and Liam Steele; you can read a match report on the Biggar website here.
The 3rd XV defeated Linlithgow 2s 19-17 at Mains Park. Here’s manager Crooky’s take on the game:
“There were some stellar performances, with Dave Tweedie scoring a hat trick and having some barnstorming runs through his opposite centres (who he seemed to have some sort of vendetta against).
“Zeegs and Fraser made a great 10 & 12 combination – it reminded me of Jonny Wilkinson and Mike Catt in their heyday. Gav Sharp and Graeme were running some very smart, penetrating lines from the back three and debutant Kenny showed off a couple of nifty sidesteps. Ross Phillips at 9 played a great first game of senior rugby with accurate and snappy service, as well as organising his pack well in defence.
“Up front we had the edge over Linlithgow, with George, Gav Macgregor and Bonker giving their opposite numbers a torrid time in the scrums. Yosser completed a cracking 80 mins in the second row and ran himself into the ground, despite taking some fairly hefty knocks. James, another debutant, was his partner in the boiler-room and made his presence felt in the loose as well as nicking more than his fair share of Linlithgow’s lineout ball.
“In the back row, Chaz ran some great support lines while Gregor and Rory were all over the park dealing with the threat of Linlithgow’s hefty 8, 9, 10 combo.”
Keep an eye on the site this week for Chaz’s match report from this game.
In the meantime, here’s the (alleged) squad that made the trip out to Lithgae:
15. Gav Sharp
14. Graeme Mitchell
13. Dave Tweedie
12. Fraser Rankine
11. George’s Mate
10. Jamie Zegleman
9. Ross Phillips
1. George Hipwell
2. Gav Macgregor
4. George’s other mate
5. Chaz Campbell
6. Rory Shannon
7. Nick Whittle
8. Gregor Hayworth
17. Sully (TBC)
18. Ric Clark (TBC)