Jolly Boys unlucky to lose despite late comeback.
by Ewan Cameron
On a mild spring day Gordonians 2nd XV faced off against a travelling Fraserburgh XV. The Jolly Boys hope of promotion, at this point of the season, was well and truly gone, with a mid-table finish guaranteed; all that was left to play for was pride. Due to the game being in the middle of 7’s season both sides were depleted, and a 14 v 15 match up ensued.
Gordonians kicked off high into the windy Counteswell sky. The Broch side played through a few phase before a Gordonians turn over which ultimately saw the experience head of Simon “Sico” Corrigan popping up on the far wing to run in the first try of the game. However, this bright start wasn’t an indicator of what was to come, with some poor wide defence the Broch were able to run in a series of unanswered tries. The Gordonian side, who are known for their wide, expansive rugby were forced to take the slow narrow route with several pick and goes and tight balls around the ruck, with Andrew “AG” Grant impressing at the unusual 10 spot. The JB’s were able to add another try before half time, however not without the Broch team adding another at the death of the first half. 12-26 half time.
The second half started with yet another Broch try. Surely this Jolly Boys team had to put up some sort of fight? With the set piece a particular strength for the home side, with Sico and Blair Strachan bossing the scrum, with the same tenacity he recently put into a particularly tough calving. Ewan “Big Creepy” Cameron was also throwing some good line outs, and the Jolly Boys managed to build some momentum and get some points on the board. Another try from Sico, some strong running from no. 8 for the day Sam Cooper meant the score was finely balanced at 27-33 Gordonians managed to work a lineout to free Sam Cooper to run in under the post. Ex Mackie man James Cowie added the extras, and with 4 minutes to go the score stood at 34-33. Surely the JB’s couldn’t be caught now?
The team from the north kicked at the restart and managed to recover the ball, only to follow up with a knock on. The brute strength of the home side in the scrum pushed through the scrum, however an unfair penalty was awarded even though the Broch prop was “sent home”. A few phases from the away team and the ever present 13 was able to run it under the post. The no.9 added the extras, and with next to no play left the final whistle was blown.
An unlucky day for the Jolly Boys, who were missing some of their more experienced backs. Aberdeen Asset man of the match was awarded to Simon Corrigan for scoring 2 tries, bossing the scrum and carrying well all game