1st XV - Report
|Glasgow Accies||25||vs||13||East Kilbride|
EK leak soft scores to lose at Glasgow Accies
EK defied a positive opening 15 minutes to leak four tries, and a bonus point, to hosts Glasgow Accies in disappointing match.
EK played some positive rugby in the first 15 minutes. They took the lead after 8 minutes through a Greenfield penalty following a midfield charge by centre Grant Seymour. Then good defence, and some good fortune, kept Accies out.
But they conceded a somewhat soft penalty try, following Accies scrum pressure in the 28th minute. The conversion gave the hosts a 7-3 lead, which they probably just deserved.
Captain & No 8 Gareth Jones made a break from a scrum, supported by Mark Ellison; then 2nd row Thornton was held up over the Accies line. But EK regained the lead after 33 minutes when they took a quick tap from a scrum penalty.
Most of their supporters in the stand were calling for the penalty to be kicked. But a good long pass by Robbie Greenfield allowed winger Fraser Little to crash over for a try in the right corner. Greenfield’s conversion attempt came back off the upright. Score: 7-8.
And that was about it for EK. After 38 minutes, three missed tackles following a scrum allowed Accies to score a try in the right corner as a result of some good passing and support play. No conversion made it 12-8 for Accies, the score at half time.
EK made various personnel changes at half time to try to improve the scrum, and deliver a more regular supply of possession. Jason Currie came in to the front row for Hastie, Fraser Little moved to scrum half with Mark Ellison off and veteran Andy MacDonald on the wing. But within three minutes of the restart, EK went further behind when Accies managed to recycle the ball and score out on the right for another unconverted try, 17-8.
Five minutes later, Accies notched their fourth try, and the try bonus point, when their scrum half made a break from the 22 to the EK line. His support got the ball over the EK line, the ref blew his whistle without indicating any decision and then had a look and awarded Accies a try. 22-8, no conversion.
Three soft tries in about 10 minutes had given EK a very difficult task, not least as their forwards were being well beaten up front. The scrum was still struggling, despite EK fielding what looked like a heavier unit. While the lineout was poor all day, with limited or untidy possession. EK have some good attackers but they need possession to allow them to deploy their skills.
Accies kicked a penalty after 71 minutes to make it 25-8, the match was sliding to a disappointing conclusion. EK got the final score, kicking down the line following a scrum penalty. Craig Ferguson Junior won a lineout (a rarity) and Calum Aiken charged through the opposition from about 10 metres for a consolation try in the left corner. No conversion made the final score 25-13, which rather flattered the visitors.
So lack of possession and a lower level of fitness proved EK's undoing. This defeat sees them slip to 6th in the league table.
Next week: EK are at home to Kilmarnock, currently lying third with four wins and two defeats. Kick off 3pm.
Man of the Match: from an EK perspective, there were few candidates. Grant Seymour looked dangerous with ball in hand (sadly too infrequent) and had a couple of good breaks; Less Fat Fergie had a couple of good breaks in the first half, Fraser Little was competitive as ever while Gareth Jones worked hard all day, at No 8 and later as lock with some rumbustious charges and just shades it. A special mention for reserve Chris O’Neill, who cleverly managed to leave his boots at home.
Team: 15. Calum Simpson, 14. Fraser Little, 13. Ian Brown, 12. Grant Seymour, 11. Less Fat Fergie, 10. Robbie Greenfield, 9. Mark Ellison, 8. Gareth Jones (Captain), 7. Steve Lannon, 6. Stephen Millar, 5. Craig Ferguson Junior, 4. Gary Thornton, 3. Calum Aitken, 2. Rian Anderson, 1. Calum Hastie. Replacements (all used): Jason Currie, Chris Mclellan, Chris O’Neill, Andy MacDonald.