Match Reports

BT Premiership Round 12 Glasgow Hawks vs Melrose

16 Dec 2017

Because of problems at Old Anniesland to-day's BT Premiership match was played on the artificial surface at Scotstoun Stadium, home to Glasgow Warriors. The weather was cold and still, but, despite the sunshine all afternoon, the floodlights were on throughout. Revelling in the flat, firm, but slightly slippery surface Melrose pressed early, but without success, until, at 7 minutes, Nyle Godsmark bullocked through the Hawks defence to score the opening, unconverted, try. On the quarter hour Hawks flanker, Stephen Leckey, received a head knock and left the pitch looking distinctly wobbly. We wish him well for a speedy recovery. From a penalty lineout in the left corner, at 26 minutes, Russell Anderson ended the rolling maul with a try, well converted by Craig Jackson from far out. Three minutes later Angus Runciman was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle and from the resulting penalty lineout Grant Stewart scored an unconverted try. On the stroke of half time Stewart repeated the medicine in the same manner for his second unconverted try.

Half time: Glasgow Hawks 10 Melrose 12

Four minutes into the second half Anderson scored his second try, again from a rolling maul after a penalty lineout. Jackson's conversion was successful courtesy of the right hand upright. The Melrose bonus point try came on 57 minutes, Anderson scoring his hat-trick from another penalty lineout rolling maul, with Jackson adding the extras. The 'Front Row Union' must have something to say about 5 tries in a match being scored by the two hookers! With 63 minutes played Ross Thomson, who, so far had missed three kicks at goal, put in a well judged attacking diagonal cross-kick to Kyle Rowe who scampered into the left corner for a try which Thomson converted. Five minutes later it was the turn of Grant Runciman to complete a penalty lineout rolling maul with an unconverted try in the right corner. The match ended with Jackson running down the clock by kicking a penalty just on no-side.

Glasgow Hawks 17 Melrose 34

Glasgow Hawks: Scott Peffers, Kyle Rowe, Robert Beattie, Brendan McGroarty,

Sam Yawayawa, Ross Thomson, Paddy Bowyer, Steven Findlay, Grant Stewart, Gary Strain, Andy Kirkland, Fraser Hastie, Stephen Leckey, Callum Kerr, Jake Eaglesham. Replacements: Paul Cairncross, Lewis Skinner, Craig Brodie, Jack Steele, J.Couper.

Melrose: Fraser Thomson, George Taylor, Nyle Godsmark, Craig Jackson, Ross McCann, Jason Baggott, Murdo McAndrew, Grant Shiells, Russell Anderson, Nick Beavon, Angus Runciman, Iain Moody, Ruaridh Knott, Grant Runciman, Ally Miller. Replacements: Richard Ferguson, Dan Elkington, Ally Grieve, Bruce Colvine, Patrick Anderson.

Referee: Graeme Wells. Assistants: Gordon Galashaw & Willie Anderson.


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