Tough Day at the Office for the 3s
By Ross Bryan
Bulls go Down to Dumfries Away but at Least Salvage a Bonus Point
Historically, Dumfries away has always been a tough fixture, everyone expects to play against a strong physical home side but travelling there with only one on our bench and players out of position, it was always going to be an up hill battle.
Straight from kickoff, both teams attacked aggressively. Hamilton had Dumfries pinned back early on, and with a couple of poor clearance kicks, Hamilton were able to capitalise as Neil Kennedy
scored the first try of the game which Ross Bryan
converted. Then quite quickly Dumfries put up points of their own after the ball came straight through the other side of the scrum, expecting another put in, the Hamilton players didn’t react and Dumfries picked the ball up and went over the line for a gift of a try. Dumfries then dominated the rest of the half. Their powerful centres made huge ground through the poor Hamilton defence and with numbers in support, they were able to run in a number of tries. Hamilton kept fighting and always looked dangerous in attack, but some handling errors and a strong opposing defence kept them from crossing the whitewash again until late in the half when Vince Zabat made a break out wide and went over for Hamilton’s 2nd try, converted by Bryan.
After strong words at half time from coach Ross Bryan
and captain Neil Kennedy
, the boys came out fired up and again scored an early try from Darren Rowlands
which was converted by Bryan. The 2nd half defence had improved but Dumfries still managed to punish us on missed tackles and again ran in more scores through strong ball carriers and offloads to support runners. With a win out of reach, Hamilton focused on obtaining a try scoring bonus point and all efforts went into scoring another try. As the game wore on, the chances of this was looking slim, injuries were adding up and with a lack of bench fatigue was setting in, however captain Neil Kennedy
crossed the line again scoring his 2nd of the day, converted by Bryan. The match finished 55-28.
Although overall our defence let us down on the day, the players can take pride out of their never give up spirit. They fought the full game and were able to still come away with a point.