Dalziel Rugby Club
DALZIEL remain without a win this year after going down to a 29-12 home defeat against Premier Three title hopefuls Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians on Saturday.
A 5-0 try count in favour of the visitors would point to a comfortable victory but GHA had to battle hard against their dogged hosts.
Three first-half tries put paid to Dalziel’s hopes of causing an upset against the more experienced city slickers.
GHA centre Hefin O’Hare shrugged off some weak Dalziel tackles to score under the posts early in the match.
Just 10 minutes into the game, O’Hare went over for a second score when he was fed the ball by his scrum-half from a scrum close to Dalziel’s line before fending off a tackler and crossing.
Three penalties by stand-off John Harris kept Dalziel in the game and having conceded a brace of soft tries they managed to keep GHA at bay for much of the remainder of the half.
However, following a line-out in the Dalziel 22, the visitors’ powerful number eight Jamie Pinder surged down the blind side before using all his brawn to bounce off three tackles and score in the corner.
The hosts did come close to scoring a few tries of their own but were thwarted each time by a combination of basic errors and strong defence.
Ryan Watters only had to reach out for a score under the posts following some great forward play but fine cover tackling kept him out.
A charge down on the GHA line also gave James Baxendale the opportunity to touch down but some fantastic work by the GHA winger meant he was held up over the line.
The game was relatively tight throughout the second half but GHA sealed a bonus- point victory by scoring two tries in the final 10 minutes.
A horrendous mix-up in the Dalziel defence allowed former Scotland centre Andrew Henderson to dot the ball down under the posts.
And near the end GHA stand-off Tane Jericevich made a break and looped round his supporting player to receive the ball back and cross in the corner.
Meanwhile, Dalziel’s 2nd XV made the trip to Selkirk to play their first league game for a month.
Some heroic defending kept Selkirk at bay in the opening stages but they were caught with a sucker punch when Selkirk turned ball over in their own 22 before spinning it wide and scoring at the other end.
The hosts crossed a the line further three times in the first half to go in 24-0 up at the break.
A lapse in concentration allowed Selkirk to score again early in the second half and put them in even greater control.
They went on to touchdown a further four times which sealed a 53-0 win and extends their lead at the top of Reserve National Two.
The 3rd XV travelled to Lanark to play their 1st XV in a friendly clash and in treacherous conditions lost 22-5, with Neil Simpson scoring Dalziel’s only points.
Next week the 1sts are away to Perthshire while the 3rd XV and Under 18s are at home to GHA and Uddingston.
l On Saturday evening, more than 50 people attended the Mini Section Burns Supper where around £400 was raised for the P7 tour to the Kirkby Lonsdale International Youth Festival.