Glasgow Hawks :31 - Currie : 32
Sunday thoughts from the Chairman - Ivor's report below
Collapsed into bed early last night, emotionally drained by a pulsating game of rugby at Hawks. Got up at 6 and unwisely watched the Glasgow v Munster game so I feel even more drained as Munster mourned the loss of one of their finest sons. Their passion is a wonder to behold and reminds you of why rugby can add so much to our everyday lives.
Yesterday we scored six superb tries and thoroughly deserved to win against a very talented and motivated Hawks. Currie support was in full voice and I am sure gave Ben and his team a big lift.
The Chieftains came up short against a strong Hawks team but are improving as players spend more time training together. Next week it is Ayr at home who will be smarting from being turned over by Watsonians yesterday. Ayr are always very tough to beat so I would urge Currie supporters to turn up in strength and support our boys.
We have a Malleny Social event taking place in the Club organised by Duncan Wilson for those who fancy a few beers. Details are on the website and on Facebook and Twitter. Non members are welcome so bring your friends down to what will be a humdinger of a game and demonstrate our passion for Currie Rugby .
A View from the Touchline – BT Premier League: 22.10.16
Glasgow Hawks 31 pts (t 4, c 4, pg 1) v Currie 32 pts (t 6, c 1)
What a match; and perhaps this was the defining moment when Ben Cairns’ developing Currie team stamped their mark on Premiership rugby? Hawks have been flying high in the current League campaign, and many thought that the Glasgow outfit would be challenging for honours this season under the tutelage of their coach, a Currie favourite, Finlay Gillies; but apart from a couple of costly errors, which the experienced hosts converted into tries, Currie’s fast attractive style hardly ever let their opponents dominate play; in the final analysis Hawks were beaten by a more dynamic, determined team who would not lie down, even after an interception try which left them looking at a fourteen point deficit.
It requires two teams to create an exciting and entertaining rugby match, and this was certainly the case at Anniesland with conditions just about perfect for running rugby. On paper it looked as if the visitors would be in for a tough afternoon, but any thoughts of a one-sided contest were soon dispelled as Currie’s quick recycling and flowing play swept into Hawks’ territory and camped there for long periods. Early on, the home team’s only perceivable advantage looked to be their hefty scrum, which took a strike against-the-head when defending under their own posts; Currie eventually rectified the problem. The hosts appeared to be stunned by the ferocity of the visitors’ attacks, and it was no surprise, following several phases and some skilful handling, that the mercurial Harvey Elms rolled, with his tackler, over the line for an unconverted try.
Twenty minutes into the match and Hawks were beginning to get more possession, but handling errors and stout defensive work stopped their progress. Unfortunately, Currie’s talented playmaker, Jamie Forbes had to retire injured, and as they reorganised, Hawks piled on the pressure; Brendan McGroarty crashed in for a try that George Horn converted. The game was now opening out with exciting charges up and down the pitch which only reversed direction following sensational tackling inside each team’s 22. Replacement Matt McPlillips was already making his presence felt, and when he burst through 25 metres out, the Hawks defence was ripped asunder. The standoff was caught but he popped an exquisite pass to Cameron Hutchison, who glided in under the posts for an easy conversion from Harvey Elms.
Currie failed to secure the re-start that allowed the dangerous Hawks wing, Junior Bulumakau to gather the ball. The home side should have made more of the situation but their decision-making was poor and Currie cleared the danger, but not for long. The robust Hawks backs were slowly making ground, and when fullback Erland Oag jinked his way into space, he only had Harvey Elms between him and the line. The tackle was textbook stuff, but the superb George Horn was in support to score a try that he also converted. On halftime Jack Steele kicked a massive penalty goal from just inside Currie’s half.
Halftime score – Hawks 17 pts, Currie 12 pts
From the re-start kick, Hawks put themselves under pressure with a knock-on only 20 metres from their line. Some Currie inter-passing looked to have opened the Hawks’ defence, but the ball was dropped and quickly moved to Kerr Gossman on the wing. The renowned speedster could not be caught, and George Horn converted his try. As the end-to-end show resumed, some superb Currie handling culminated in an unconverted try for Ben Robbins. Unfortunately further misfortune was about to hit the visitors. Debutant Scott McGinley, who was having a memorable match, turned the ball over and the alert Currie backs now had acres of open space. Unfortunately the one outnumbered defender intercepted the breakout; hooker Paul Cairncross sailed in from 30 metres for a try that George Horn easily converted.
Although the situation was looking rather bleak for the visitors they did not show it. Luke Crosbie, Hamish Bain, Steven Ainslie and Scott McGinley had storming runs which kept the opposition on their toes. A poor clearance found Cammy Gray, who, following his chip kick, astonishingly beat a rather casual Paddy Boyle to the touchdown. The corner flag try was not converted but Mr Boyle was sent to the bin for an illegal challenge. With only ten minutes remaining and still nine points in arrears, a win seemed impossible, but when finisher extraordinaire, Cammy Gray scored in the corner, Currie saw victory in sight. The final minutes were frantic. Currie took the lead with a wonderful blindside try from Thomas Gordon following a penalty lineout. Although neither of these tries was converted, it was enough to sink Hawks. IJS, 23.10.16
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