1st XV Winning Streak Continues vs Caithness
By Sean Mills
On an overcast and slightly blustery day at Countesswells, the mighty Gogos took on Caithness in what was a crucial match at the top of the table. Caithness coming into the game with only one loss in the league so far this year, and Gordonians looking to maintain their 100% start.
The start of the game proved to be tense, with every yard being hard earned. Finally, Gordonians broke the deadlock, with a fine backs move, finished off by Sean Mills. Mills then took the conversion and missed on what would be a torrid day for the fullback from the kicking tee. After the try, there was a period of sustained pressure in the Caithness half. Which resulted in only 3 points, courtesy of Mills' lousy boot. 8-0 to Gordonians. It could have been 16 if Mills knew how to kick...
Anyway, the pendulum swung in Caithness' favour. And after some fine work at the line out from the Caithness forwards, a strong driving maul crashed over the Gordonians line to make it 8-5. The conversion was missed.
This try spurred the Gordonians back into action. After some fine work off the base of the scrum from number 8 Cammy Hogg, and scrum half, Graeme Crawford, Sean Mills was put through a hole in the Caithness line, where he managed round the full back and score, even though he is incredibly slow. He added the extras and brought the score to 15-5.
Gordonians received the kick off and immediately went on the hunt for another try. Some fine work from the forwards meant good clean ball for the backs. This lead to the mercurial Eric "The Eel" Edgar to slither his way over the line in the corner for Gordonians 3rd try. Mills added the extras to make it 22-5. Half time.
The second half kicked off and Gordonians were on the hunt for the important first try from the off. Fine work from hard hitting Jack Walker and soft hitting Andrew Cowie won Gordonians an early penalty. Mills kicked the points and took the score to 25-5.
This seemed to spur the Caithness team into action again. After some ill discipline from the Gogos pack, Caithness managed to camp themselves on the Gordonians try line. However the resilient Gogos held firm. Richard "the Manlet" Murdoch producing some fine tackles to hold out the huge Caithness pack, being spurred on by his one true love in the crowd, RC. The pressure only lead to Gordonians conceding 3 points. 25-8.
It was now apparent that the Caithness squad was tiring. And the Gordonians pounced on this. Some fine coast to coast rugby lead to a try for Graeme Crawford. Mills missed the easy kick for the conversion. 30-8.
Caithness kicked off and more flowing rugby from Gordonians lead to Daryll Morrow scoring in the corner. In what was becoming a recurring theme, Mills added the extras. 37-8.
The Caithness heads were down, Gordonians saw the chance to really twist the knife. Gordonians played loose and fast rugby, offloading out of several tackles before the ball was shipped wide to the bear like Dan Findlay. With a drop of the shoulder, he sat his opposite man down and finished off what was a beautiful try. Mills missed the extras. 42-8.
Fine work from the forwards and a clearing kick to the Caithness half, lead to a try for Harry Walker. He burrowed his was under several fringe defenders for the score. It's impossible to stop a man with such beautiful legs and such a beautiful lid. Mills missed the extras.... Again. 47-8.
In the final 10 minutes, Gordonians kept a shipping the ball wide, where they were having great success. Fine offloading from the Eel lead to Morrow grabbing his brace. Crawford thankfully took over the kicking duties. And slotted the extras with ease. 54-8.
In the dying stages, Gordonians were awarded a penalty, which Crawford happily kicked.
The final try came from great work from the whole team, some beautiful passing and offloading lead to Mills collecting an offload near the left wing, where he sauntered in for his hattrick. Crawford added the extras to make it 61-8.
Gordonians continued their fine form and got all 5 league points on offer.
MOTM: Jack Walker for a masterclass in defending
DOTD: Sean Mills for a masterclass in how not to placekick (even though he scored a hattrick)