Gordonian's Fall to Second Defeat in a Row
By Ryan Morrice
Highland RFC 39 v Gordonian RFC 14
With another much changed starting line-up, Gordonian RFC headed to Inverness to take on league favourites Highland RFC. Instead of playing of the new 4G surface at canal park, the match was moved to the ‘rolling hills’ of the high school.
It was the men from Aberdeen that started the match in bright fashion. Keeping the ball in hand, Gordonian’s were keen to throw it about. Danny Osugo weaved through the home defenders to score the first try of the day after only four minutes on the clock. With Graeme Crawford unavailable, stand-off Liam Wallace stepped up and coolly slotted the conversion. For the kick off Gordonian’s kept trying to throw the ball about, a break and a trademark offload from tight head prop Jamie Christine led to the prop picking up a dead leg, unfortunately he had to be removed from play shortly after. This swung momentum towards Highland who took advantage in the scrums and pilled the pressure on Gordonians. In the ascendancy, Highland scored a converted try, a penalty and another try without reply. Now trying to force the game, Gordonian errors kept the pressure on the away team and keeping them penned in their own half. Against the run of play Sam Cooper found a gap in the home side's defence and raced away to score under the posts, Wallace once again found the centre of the post.
Highland came out in the second half and scored two quick tries both of which they converted. The Highland stand-off was controlling the game, refusing to let Gordonian’s out of their half. Despite conceding two scores, Gordonian’s kept trying to find away back into the game. The away team found the home defence resolute and couldn’t break them down when it mattered. Playing in the centre, back rower and former hooker, Corey Buchan kept the away team going with some big hits and heavy ball carrying, with constant support from Cammy Hogg and Captain Tom Williams, Gordonian’s kept pushing for the next score. With time almost up, Highland scored another two quick fire tries to close out the game and see off the men from Aberdeen.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments man of the match was No.8 Sam Cooper.
This weekend the 1st XV return to Countesswells to take on Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, with a later than usual kick-off at 3:30pm.