Under 16 - Report
Hamilton Bulls 25 - Cumnock / Kilmarnock Cougars 31 Report by Kevan Aitken
A tremendous game of rugby played on an immaculate pitch in perfect conditions, what more could you ask for on a Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars were dominating the scrums and winning a lot of ball in the line-outs and were therefore gaining a lot of possession, but poor decision making and handling errors were allowing Hamilton time to regain the initiative and a further try saw the home team take a 20-5 advantage. A great break shortly afterwards saw Gregor Paxton score a fine try and the conversion took the score back to 20-12, but Hamilton scored again to establish a thirteen point lead in the final quarter.
With only fifteen minutes remaining a surging run by captain Stewart McEwan saw him upended by a Hamilton player and the referee quickly produced a yellow card, reducing the home side to fourteen players. This galavanised the visitors and wave after wave of attack ended with Paxton scoring a further two tries, one of which was converted. In the final minute of the game another back move was halted illegal and another yellow card was flourished. From the resultant penalty flanker Bradley Smith scored the decisive touchdown which was converted by Jack Reilly to seal a remarkable victory.
After three previous defeats this victory is just what the team required, they had to dig deep and the rugby that was played in the final quarter shows what they are capable of. The team has a couple of weeks off due to the school holidays then meet Allan Glens on 28th October.
Team: A Kerr, Reilly, Wight, Paxton, Aitken, D Smith, Bowditch, McEwan (c), R McLaren, Harkiss, N Kerr, A McLaren, B Smith, Bark, Miller, Subs Barr, Hunter, McGregor, and Young.