Under 18s lose out to Ayr
Young Bulls get lesson in belief.
After a convincing performance against West last week the Young bulls prepared to take on Ayr at home. The team picked was as strong as any we have put out over the season but the question was, did the players have the same confidence as the coaches had in their abilities?
Ayr is a small word but apparently still a big name in the heads of the Hamilton players. Despite this particular crop of Ayr players not having had a flawless start to the season, we gave them far to much respect and did not punish them in the areas that we had clear dominance.
The game started at a pace and there certainly was a physical battle in the centre of the park but there were too many easy penalties given away that put the pressure on the Bulls line. To be fair to Ayr their first try was well finished and their kicker converted well from out wide.
The Bulls settled down into the match and put pressure on Ayr in the contact zone, this time forcing them to give away penalties. Despite this the Bulls could not secure territory long enough to put pressure on the Ayr line and eventually when Ayr got to the Hamilton line, they took their chances after Hamilton failed to clear the ball.
There then follow a battle in the middle of the park with Ayr backs shipping the ball wide but Hamilton doing well in the the contact zone.
As the half approached, Robbie MacDonald ventured a kick in behind the Ayr defence and in the chase, it was Robbie that touched the ball down under the posts for the score. With an easy conversion the score was 7-14.
With the kick off taken, the Hamilton defence receive the ball ten metres from their own line and in a moment of confusion, Ayr intercepted a pass and walked through to score beneath the posts. The score at the half was then 7-21
The second half followed in a similar vein to the first, in that the battle was fought out mainly in the middle of the park. Again the contact was Hamilton's strength but with the set piece and Ayr's expansive game going against the Bulls, Ayr managed a further two trys to finish the game 7-35.
This season every name we play will be a big name. That's what happens when you are in the top league in the country. The measure of this talented squad will be about how much we improve our game over the season not what the score board reads at the end of the game. We only get better by playing the best teams but we are in this league by right and as soon as this crop of young Bulls understand that the sooner we will see the true potential of the U18 Squad
Once again thanks to the large support and our helpers on the day. Thankyou to Ayr and the referee for accomodating a change of kickoff time.