Hamilton U15 v Ayr U15
Big improvement from the young bulls
If ever a score line failed to reflect a performance in a match, this was it.
Following a number of late call offs, the U15’s took to the field with only 14 players against a full strength Ayr side.
Unlike previous weeks, the young bulls started the game strongly and showed a level of aggression that had been missing in previous league matches. The defensive line was strong which gave Ayr little room to manoeuvre. Any Ayr attacks were forced down either wing and the man advantage eventually paid off when Ayr notched a couple of well worked tries in quick succession.
Admirably Hamilton never let the heads drop and came roaring back at Ayr, securing quick ball from some committed rucking and moving the ball swiftly through the hands. A number of good phases were capitalised on when Owen Rice was put clear to dot down in the corner for a deserved try.
Midway through the first half Hamilton were further reduced to 13 players as Luke Doyle hobbled off with an ankle knock, however the effort levels never dropped and Hamilton were unlucky not to add to the try count.
It is to Hamilton’s credit they restricted Ayr’s scoring until the final 5 minutes, by which time the young bulls were exhausted and Ayr ran in four tries in that 5 minute period to put a gloss on the final score.
The most pleasing aspect of the game was the commitment shown, the defensive structure being more solid than in previous weeks and a focus on exploiting space when in attack.
Now the bar has been set by this performance, the challenge for the team is to maintain this going forward.