Mike Hanning opened the scoring with a penalty after 8 minutes, then converted Jonathan Hamblin’s 12th minute try to give us a 10-0 lead. Our visitors then hit back with a penalty and a try to make the score 10-8 in our favour at the break. Both teams had a player carded in the first half, Fraser Strachan being our man in the bin.
The second half was equally tight, Dundee edging ahead with a try before another penalty from Mike made it 13 all with 53 minutes played. High then scored another try to lead 18-13 until a charged down clearance in the visitors’ 22 allowed Alan Whittingham to touch down with 65 minutes played.
Mike Hanning then kept his nerve 15 minutes later to nudge us into a 21-18 lead with a difficult penalty into the wind at the Castle end.
Dundee mounted a final, furious assault on our line, making good use of their hefty pack, but we tackled like demons until ref Craig Clark brought the game to an end.
Our teams playing on the back pitches didn’t fare quite so well, with the 2s losing 66-7 to Hawks and the 3s losing 71-39 to Linlithgow 2s.
With the Hawks 1st XV having been boosted by several Glasgow pro players, their 2nd XV was particularly strong as a result – it was, in fact, suggested in the bar afterwards that the Hawks 2s could have given either of the teams on Pitch 1 a decent game!
The 1st XV travel to Kelso this Saturday, and will be looking to build on their fifth position in the league with a fourth consecutive victory.