As we approach the end of March, despite the 15 aside season drawing to an end, it is busier than ever at Hamilton Rugby Club. The conclusion to the senior league campaigns is proving to be one of the most exciting in recent years and youth rugby is matching this with hundreds of young players enjoying the slightly better weather and looking forward to tournament season.
We have jotted down some important dates at the bottom of this article so that you do not miss out on any of the action over the next few months at the Club.
Today we responded to a request for information from the Championship Convenor, and discussed with him the subject of our 1st xv match on Saturday against Livingston.
As we know, Livingston were in breach of NCR 6 which requires a full front row at kick off. The match must therefore be declared as unfulfilled (there is no room for discretion in that regard) and is ordered to be replayed - despite the 46-0 scoreline.
Whilst the rules are written in such a way as to make the award of points an option for the CC (they MAY award the points) the default position – particularly in National Leagues - is that all rugby matters should be resolved on the pitch, and the match must be fulfilled (slightly different considerations are at play in Reserve Leagues where that is sometimes not possible).