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1st XV - Match centre

Cartha Queens Park
Hamilton 1st XV
Tries
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Penalties
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Penalty Try, Penalty Try
Sat 8 Dec 14:00 - Tennent's National League - Division 1 Full time

Hamilton grab precious points

Cartha 14 - Hamilton 16

Hamilton Bulls made the short journey to Glasgow’s Southside to face Cartha who had taken the spoils in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, determined not to repeat that result. The rain was of biblical proportions, turning the pitch quickly into a quagmire, meaning that the Bulls could not play their normal expansive game, and against Cartha’s strong pack, they were up against it from the off.
Cartha had clear dominance at the set piece, but Hamilton showed from early on that they had no intention of surrendering to the forward pressure, number 8 Gareth Jones frequently showing real courage to protect possession at the back of a retreating scrum. The bulls found themselves fighting a rearguard action for much of the game, but coach David Gemmell was delighted with the way his team retained its defensive shape and made their tackles count, on a day when holding on to the slippy ball was almost impossible.
From turn over ball, Hamilton used the boot of Owen McLeish to work their way up field, and on 12 minutes were rewarded when, after a series of forward drives the ball was released to Owen McLeish whose deft grubber kick was pounced on by Ross Jamieson for a try under the posts converted by McLeish. Cartha wasted no time in replying. Using the power of their pack they drove to within 5 metres of the Bulls’ line. Their scrum was totally dominant and Bulls conceded 2 penalties at the scrum, and on their 3rd reset they were awarded a penalty try to level the match. Within 5 minutes the Cartha’s scrum repeated the dose for another penalty try.
Nonetheless Bulls dug in, and began to gain parity in the scrum. They then spent 10 minutes deep in Cartha territory, but like Bulls their defence was strong. However Mcleish capitalised with a well struck penalty 2 minutes from half time after Cartha had infringed in the loose. Half time Cartha 14 – Bulls 10.
With the pitch deteriorating, the second half became a slog in the mud. Bulls missed a long range penalty from the restart. Both sides gave it their all both in attack and defence, and both had opportunities to score. Hamilton’s defence was immense turning over Cartha ball on their own line several times. Cartha missed a penalty shot on 47 minutes, and it became clear that the match might be decided by the boot, as indeed it was. McLeish used his long kicks to clear his lines and eventually knocked over the 2 penalties Hamilton needed to snatch victory. By the end, both teams were unrecognisable, covered as they were, from head to toe in mud.
This was not a game for the purists in such horrendous conditions, but the sheer determination of the Hamilton lads won the day and at the end of the match it was clear what this victory meant to the team. Coach Gemmell said, “I am really proud of the lads today. They showed real grit, real courage under pressure. They looked after the ball and their decision making at crucial moments was excellent. I think we deserved the win, but credit to Cartha who put their everything into an enthralling match.” Final score – Cartha 14, Hamilton 16.

Key moments

0:13
Try Try for Hamilton 1st XV
0:13
Conversion Conversion for Hamilton 1st XV
19:00
Conversion Conversion for Cartha Queens Park
25:00
Conversion Conversion for Cartha Queens Park
38:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Hamilton 1st XV
47:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Hamilton 1st XV
68:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Hamilton 1st XV

Highlights

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68:00 Penalty 14 - 16
Penalty kicked for Hamilton 1st XV
47:00 Penalty 14 - 13
Penalty kicked for Hamilton 1st XV
End of period 1
38:00 Penalty 14 - 10
Penalty kicked for Hamilton 1st XV
25:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Cartha Queens Park
25:00 Conversion 14 - 7
Conversion for Cartha Queens Park
19:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Cartha Queens Park
19:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Conversion for Cartha Queens Park
0:13 Try 0 - 5
Try for Hamilton 1st XV
0:13 Conversion 0 - 7
Conversion for Hamilton 1st XV
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Cartha Queens Park
  • Hamilton 1st XV
  • 0
  • Try 0:13'
  • Conversion 0:13'
  • Penalty Try 19:00'
  • Conversion 19:00'
  • Penalty Try 25:00'
  • Conversion 25:00'
  • Penalty 38:00'
  • Penalty 47:00'
  • Penalty 68:00'

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League round up

Other Division 1 results

Dundee HSFP
20
21
Gala
Jed-Forest
51
24
GHA
Musselburgh
10
27
Marr
Kirkcaldy
25
27
Aberdeen Grammar Rugby
Kelso
29
14
Selkirk

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Aberdeen Grammar Rugby 14 43
7. Gala 14 42
8. Kelso 14 33
9. Kirkcaldy 13 20
10. Hamilton 1st XV 13 18
11. Dundee HSFP 14 17
12. Cartha Queens Park 14 15

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