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2nd XV - The Jolly Boys - Match centre

Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
Huntly
S Orr, M Tindal, C Mollison, C Marshall, E Davies, H Loakman
Full time
H Loakman (3)
E Cameron
Sat 27 Jan 13:00 - BT Caledonia - Division 3 (North)

Jolly Boys Hold Out In Victory Over Huntly

The 2nd XV secured another bonus point victory but were made to work hard for it after a strong second half comeback from Huntly.

In dry and sunny conditions, the 2nd XV got off to a rapid start against visiting Huntly, with scrum half Simon Orr sniping through a gap and showing his pace to score under the posts barely a miute into the contest. This was followed up with another quick score from Mike Tindal, both efforts converted by Harry Loakman. The Jolly Boys didn't ease the pressure on Huntly, continuing to play the game in Huntly's half, and after a scrum from 5 metres out number 8 Chris Mollison picked and crashed over to extend the lead to 19-0.

As the half wore on, Huntly began to come back into the contest with a long distance breakaway scuppered by a knock-on just short of the Gordonians try-line. However, the Jolly Boys secured the bonus point shortly before half time when with Huntly in possession on their own tryline, Ciaran Marshall snatched an opportunistic try by diving in from the side of the ruck on to the ball after the Huntly 9 had rolled it back into the in-goal area, causing much confusion, anger and bewilderment amongst almost everyone on the pitch bar the referee who duly awarded the try.


Half time: Jolly Boys 24 - 0 Huntly


The Jolly Boys were confident going into the 2nd half though Huntly were an unrecognisable side after half time, and aided by a now strong wind, set about their comeback effort. With Gordonians having decided to stop tackling or defending, Huntly swiftly reduced the deficit to 24-17. The introduction of Evan Davies on the wing for the 2nd XV reaped rewards and he broke free from out wide to score in the corner, which Harry Loakman converted despite the difficult conditions. However more poor defending saw Huntly score twice more from distance to take the score to 31-29. Harry Loakman extended the lead to 36-29 after breaking through the midfield, but with the lead at only 7 points and the Jolly Boys defence far from reliable, it set up a nervous last 5 minutes. Finally, Gordonians started to play something resembling rugby and managed to see out the last few minutes within Huntly's 22, and with a penalty awarded in from of the posts on the last play Conor Hamilton stepped up to secure a 39-29 win and denied Huntly a losing bonus point.


Full time: Jolly Boys 39 - 29 Huntly


After a very mixed performance, the fulltime whistle was a big relief for the 2nd XV though huge credit must be given to Huntly for their second half performance, and the club wishes them all the best for the rest of their season. The result saw the team move to 4th place in Caledonia 3 North thought the chasing teams have games in hand. Aberdeen Standard Investments Man of the Match was scrum half Simon Orr who as welll as scoring his early try was a constant attacking threat.

The Jolly Boys next outing sees them travel to 3rd placed Kinloss Eagles on the 10th of February.

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Key moments

1:00
Try Simon Orr scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
2:00
Conversion Harry Loakman kicks a conversion for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
5:00
Try Mike Tindal scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
6:00
Conversion Harry Loakman kicks a conversion for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
25:00
Try Chris Mollison scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
38:00
Try Ciaran Marshall scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
65:00
Try Evan Davies scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
66:00
Conversion Harry Loakman kicks a conversion for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
75:00
Try Harry Loakman scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
80:00
Penalty Ewan Cameron kicks a penalty for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV

Highlights

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80:00 Penalty 39 - 0
Ewan Cameron kicks a penalty for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
75:00 Try 36 - 0
Harry Loakman scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
66:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Harry Loakman kicks a conversion for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
65:00 Try 29 - 0
Evan Davies scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
End of period 1
38:00 Try 24 - 0
Ciaran Marshall scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
25:00 Try 19 - 0
Chris Mollison scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
6:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Harry Loakman kicks a conversion for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
5:00 Try 12 - 0
Mike Tindal scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
2:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Harry Loakman kicks a conversion for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Simon Orr scores for Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
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As it happened

  • Gordonian RFC 2nd XV
  • Huntly
  • 0
  • Simon Orr Try 1:00'
  • Harry Loakman Conversion 2:00'
  • Mike Tindal Try 5:00'
  • Harry Loakman Conversion 6:00'
  • Chris Mollison Try 25:00'
  • Ciaran Marshall Try 38:00'
  • Evan Davies Try 65:00'
  • Harry Loakman Conversion 66:00'
  • Harry Loakman Try 75:00'
  • Ewan Cameron Penalty 80:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. North Police Scotland 13 60
2. Kinloss Eagles 14 59
3. Aberdeenshire 2nd XV 16 57
4. Inverness Craig Dunain 15 41
5. Huntly 14 38
6. Gordonian RFC 2nd XV 14 30
7. Peterhead 12 29

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