BULLS CRUISE TO RECORD WIN
Bulls win by 133 - 0
Hamilton Bulls welcomed BT National league 2 strugglers Aberdeenshire to Laigh Bent on Saturday and cruised to a record 133 to 0 victory. The match was characterised by Hamilton’s slick handling by both backs and forwards in a display of pace and power which blew their plucky opponents away.
Despite Hamilton’s superiority in the pack and the backs, the first quarter gave little sign that the score would be as it finished. Stand off Owen McLeish
broke through early on for Hamilton’s first try, which he converted. However the second try did not come until the 17th minute when winger James Howatson
scored the first of his 4 tries. During that 15 minute period, Aberdeen frustrated Hamilton, and although most of the play was in Aberdeenshire’s 22, Hamilton seemed to overcomplicate their attack, leading to frequent breakdowns. It was a return to simple, direct rugby that saw a ball off the top of a lineout fed to Howatson entering the line and going in under the posts.
Hamilton went on to score 21 tries in total,4, from Howatson and Adam Ryan
, 3 from Ross Inglis
, 2 each to Gregor Brodie
, Scott Whitelaw
and Gareth Jones
, and singles from Mcleish,David McGrath
, Liam Bell
and Ross Jamieson
. Mcleish landed 10 conversions and Inglis 4.
Aberdeenshire kept at it despite the scoreline, and it is significant that 12 of Hamilton’s tries came from Hamilton turning over possession on their own line and breaking downfield. Typical of these was Bell’s try, set up by superb defence, and a break by rampaging man of the match, number 8 Josh White
, whose one handed offload to Bell set up the score, after neat interchange between Bell and Inglis. It was the speed of handling and offloading in the tackle which characterised the play of the Hamilton lads. As their confidence grew, so the skill levels seemed to rise. Coach Gemmell was of course delighted by the display which vindicated his philosophy of making the ball do the work to beat strong defences.
Next week sees the Bulls travel to league leaders Dumfries Saints, where they are sure to face a much sterner test.