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2nd XV - Match centre

Currie Chieftains A
Hamilton 2XV
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Full time
S Turnbull, N Kennedy, D McRoberts
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R Virtue (3)
R Virtue (2)
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - BT Reserve League - Division 1 Attendance 69

Hamilton Bulls 2xv win bottom of the table clash with Currie

Super twas are still in the hunt

Hamilton Bulls 2xv travelled to Malleny in a bottom of the table clash against Currie Chieftains. Both teams looking at the game as a must win in order to have a chance of saving relegation.

For Hamilton, the fight started much earlier than 3pm on Saturday afternoon. They were faced with multiple players being forced to pull out of the game on Friday afternoon, followed by a further two on Saturday. Though the strength and depth of the Hamilton Rugby Club pulled through: two players were moved from the ‘27s and one player returned from a few months out, as soon as two hours before kick off, into the match day squad to allow Hamilton to travel with 17 players.

The game started off well for Hamilton with a try from Stephen Turnbull under the posts and then a team try finished off with a fantastic piece of individual running from Neil Kennedy. Both conversions were secured, including one bouncing in off the upright, by Russell Virtue to put the Bulls ahead by 14 going into the half.
HT Currie Chieftains 0-14 Hamilton Bulls

Currie started the second half strongly and within 15 minutes they had brought the game back to 14-14 through strong carries from their forward pack that had dominated most of the set piece. Hamilton knew that they had to push the game out of reach to halt the Currie momentum. Hamilton looked to the boot of captain Russell Virtue who slotted two penalties in quick succession to put the Bulls ahead by 6 with less than 20 minutes to go. The pressure applied by Hamilton through some hard fought defence meant that Currie could not recover from the deficit. The final nail was struck by an outstanding try from Daniel McRoberts, set up by a left-footed crossfield kick from brother Dominic McRoberts and a sliding offload from Euan Whelan that would not look out of place on Dancing On Ice. The conversion was added again by Virtue to put Hamilton ahead by 13.

Hamilton got two more opportunities to add more points to the board through the boot of the captain, although they were just pushed wide of the posts. However Hamilton were already too far ahead and the final whistle blew shortly after sealing the win.
FT Currie Chieftains 14-27 Hamilton Bulls
Man of the Match - Stephen Wright

A commendation must be given to every single player that pulled on the 2xv shirt on Saturday. After all that happened before the match in the attempt to secure players and with the pressure added by the threat of relegation, the effort put in by everyone was immense.
Hamilton now look to move on to play against Stirling County 2xv at Laigh Bent on 3rd March in what could be the game that can seal Hamilton’s place for a fourth year in a row in the top league in reserve team rugby in Scotland. Let’s get as much support as we can down to watch the ‘super twas’ in two weeks time!

Match report by Scott Whiteside

Key moments

17:00
Try Stephen Turnbull scores for Hamilton 2XV
17:01
Conversion Russell Virtue kicks a conversion for Hamilton 2XV
23:00
Try Neil Kennedy scores for Hamilton 2XV
23:01
Conversion Russell Virtue kicks a conversion for Hamilton 2XV
47:00
Try Try for Currie Chieftains A
47:01
Conversion Conversion for Currie Chieftains A
55:00
Try Try for Currie Chieftains A
55:01
Conversion Conversion for Currie Chieftains A
59:00
Penalty Russell Virtue kicks a penalty for Hamilton 2XV
62:00
Penalty Russell Virtue kicks a penalty for Hamilton 2XV
63:00
Try Daniel McRoberts scores for Hamilton 2XV
63:01
Conversion Russell Virtue kicks a conversion for Hamilton 2XV

Highlights

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74:00 Missed Penalty
Penalty missed for Hamilton 2XV
63:01 Conversion 14 - 27
Russell Virtue kicks a conversion for Hamilton 2XV
63:00 Try 14 - 25
Daniel McRoberts scores for Hamilton 2XV
62:00 Penalty 14 - 20
Russell Virtue kicks a penalty for Hamilton 2XV
59:00 Penalty 14 - 17
Russell Virtue kicks a penalty for Hamilton 2XV
55:01 Conversion 14 - 14
Conversion for Currie Chieftains A
55:00 Try 12 - 14
Try for Currie Chieftains A
48:00 Missed Penalty
Penalty missed for Hamilton 2XV
47:01 Conversion 7 - 14
Conversion for Currie Chieftains A
47:00 Try 5 - 14
Try for Currie Chieftains A
End of period 1
23:01 Conversion 0 - 14
Russell Virtue kicks a conversion for Hamilton 2XV
23:00 Try 0 - 12
Neil Kennedy scores for Hamilton 2XV
17:01 Conversion 0 - 7
Russell Virtue kicks a conversion for Hamilton 2XV
17:00 Try 0 - 5
Stephen Turnbull scores for Hamilton 2XV
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As it happened

  • Currie Chieftains A
  • Hamilton 2XV
  • 0
  • Stephen Turnbull Try 17:00'
  • Russell Virtue Conversion 17:01'
  • Neil Kennedy Try 23:00'
  • Russell Virtue Conversion 23:01'
  • Try 47:00'
  • Conversion 47:01'
  • Try 55:00'
  • Conversion 55:01'
  • Russell Virtue Penalty 59:00'
  • Russell Virtue Penalty 62:00'
  • Daniel McRoberts Try 63:00'
  • Russell Virtue Conversion 63:01'

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League round up

Other Division 1 results

Boroughmuir 2XV
24
30
Watsonian 2XV
Ayr 2XV
58
7
Edinburgh Academicals 2XV
Melrose Storm
22
17
Heriot's 2XV
Stirling County 2XV
24
42

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
4. Heriot's 2XV 18 56
5. Ayr 2XV 18 43
6. Boroughmuir 2XV 18 43
7. Stirling County 2XV 18 38
8. Hamilton 2XV 18 36
9. Edinburgh Academicals 2XV 18 30
10. Currie Chieftains A 18 18

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