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Gemmell's View

11 months ago By Anthonie Malley

Head coach David Gemmell shares his match day thoughts

This weekend sees Hamilton Bulls with 3 rescheduled league fixtures to fulfil, 1st XV at home against Biggar and 2s & 3s away to Watsonians and Dalziel respectively.

Coaching is challenging - but most challenging of all is selection…
With teams having performed better over the last 2 weekends, this week saw players who were away last weekend returning to training and once more available for selection.

My dilemma? Who to select where!

In such instances, coaches need to be consistent and equitable in their decision making all the time aware that no matter the choices made, someone is going to be upset…
What makes these choices easier is the knowledge that our teams contain accomplished rugby players throughout all of whom are desperate to play at as high a level as possible - at Hamilton we offer good levels of rugby where every player can test themselves.

So, to the 19 Bulls selected to play against Biggar

Darren Carr returns as preferred tight head after his trip to Wales last weekend with Taz McLaughlin and David McGrath retained from last Friday.
The Jordan McLean - Gareth Jones partnership continues in the middle row with last weekend’s back row of Gregor Brodie, Charlie Craig and Rab Brown again given their chance to perform.
Reserves from Whitecraigs Scott Leggate and Scott Alexander once more await action from the bench, this weekend joined by Ross McQueen, again back from Wales.

At halfback, Hugo Crush is reunited with Owen McLeish who was missing last weekend. Mark Wallace returns from injury to partner James Howatson - who has been in fine form of late - in midfield.
Ben Plant’s injury last Friday offers Andy Wilson his chance to play beside Craig Skilling and Ross Inglis in a back 3 we are looking to for tries.
Craig Inglis’ versatility secures him the reserve spot.

Make no mistake, Biggar will offer a hugely physical challenge to our guys, but one I am confident our brand of rugby can overcome. #GoBulls

Congratulations to the above players and good luck to all Bulls - I hope your performances continue to the add to challenge of selection...

I hope you all will join me to welcome Owen McFall as this weekend’s mascot and congratulate Owen Mcleish on a Man of the Match performance for Police Scotland against they counterparts from down south.


Updated 02:06 - 11 Feb 2018 by Anthonie Malley

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