PERTHSHIRE 15 GHA 62
This was a game that the home side were not over confident in getting a win because of the very poor second half of the season and the fact that the visitors are very close to winning the league.
However the Eagles got of to a flyer, with only 5 minutes gone Rattray gathered a loose ball in his own half found a gap and sprinted to the try line and with O’Connor converting the Eagles were 7 points up and the visitors were rather surprised. However the opposition gradually started to play some good rugby but the home side were coping well but eventually the Shire defence was beginning to get stretched and the visitors scored a good converted try, however the game was going from end to end and the visitors did not score again until 25 minutes into the game and then O’Connor converted a penalty and the score was a very respectable 8-14.
GHA were really beginning to show how good they were at keeping possession and some excellent off loading also any Shire mistakes were being severely punished and in the last 15 minutes of the half the visitors scored 4 more tries three of them converted so at half time the score was 8-38 and the game was over as far as who were to be the likely winners.
However the Eagles started the second half the same way as the first with Wade taking the defence by surprise and running half the length of the pitch to score under the posts and O’Connor duly converted.
Despite the home side making most of what little possession they managed to secure it was not long before GHA started to make the most of some very poor Shire tackling and in the last quarter conceded a further 4 tries, two being converted ,so the final tally was 10 tries to two and the home side were soundly beaten.
Despite the huge points difference both the referee and the opposition said after the game that it had been a fast open entertaining game and it was really the home side’s lack of experience that was the real difference and that the actual score was not a real indication of how the game was played.
This has been a very hard season for the Eagles but there are many, including the coaches and a number of the players, who are determined that Perthshire will get to back to where they should be, a group of members have taken on the task of sourcing more players with recognised ability and there are some of the current colts squad who will also step up.
There is no doubt that there are many members and sponsors who want to support he lads on the field , it was great on Saturday to see such a fantastic atmosphere in the Clubhouse before and after the game so that aspect of the Club is getting back to where it used to be, we are one of the oldest Clubs in Scotland formed in 1869, with such a fantastic youth section, definitely one of the strongest in the country and so many determined to get back to winning ways, next season will undoubtedly be worth waiting for.
The Annual Diner, which is sure to be a great evening, is at the Queens Hotel Sat. 14th April for tickets please contact Richard Haggart