Highland v Hamilton 09/12/18
By Graeme Richmond
Slow start costs young Bulls again
Hamilton had an early start for the annual trip to Highland Rugby club, after a pit stop at Pitlochry the young Bulls were warmed up and ready for kick off, or so the coaches thought.
Hamilton found themselves two tries down after eight minutes from failing to clear there lines which resulted in Highland running in two easy scores. After fifteen minutes it became apparent that the team was not adhering to the structure set out by the coaches, aspects of this included poor tackle technique and slow line speed resulting in Highland dominating the first half running in a further two try's before Hamilton registered a score. The Hamilton scorer was debutant Ryan Moghrabi who crossed the line from 5 meters out after the forwards had won ball. Hamilton could have easily scored a further three try's in the first half had it not been for poor decision making and white line fever.
Half time Highland 33-5 Hamilton
After a few stern words at the halftime team talk not only from coaches but players alike, Hamilton were a different team in the second half. Hamilton were first to score with Joa Fairweather running in an easy try after the forwards and backs combined to release him into space. From. the restart Hamilton failed to secure the ball allowing Highland to run through unopposed for what was to be one of only two try's they would score in the second half.
The remainder of the match saw Hamilton perform a good defensive line which pressured Highland when in possession which clearly frustrated them. As a result of this Highland could not cope with the young Bulls pressure in attack which resulted in them scoring five try's whilst putting the ball out wide.
Highland were keen to see the end of the match and on last play, with Hamilton once again in attack, Highland were able to force Hamilton over the touchline and to a victory which they duly celebrated.
Full time Highland 45-38 Hamilton
Hospitality was tremendous as usual with the young Bulls feasting on cake and biscuits for the long journey home.