Away trip to Highland
By Stuart Thorpe
A good performance in poor conditions
After a long bus journey to Inverness, and a short pony trek from the clubhouse to the pitch, Hamilton were ready for their game against Highland, despite the gale force winds and driving rain. The match started brightly with Hamilton regaining possession after making the most of having the wind at their backs and kicking deep into the opposition 22.
The conditions made playing free-flowing rugby difficult. Hamilton had the better possession in the first 5 minutes but were hit by a break away try from Highland. Despite some excellent cover tackles, Highland added to their score shortly after.
Undeterred, Hamilton scored straight from the restart, when Graeme Johnston broke through the line before scoring under the posts; Frazer Wallace added the conversion.
Highland seemed to be spurred into life by the score and, despite some excellent defence from all 13 of the Hamilton players, scored a couple more tries before half-time.
With the wind now in their faces, the second half was harder work for Hamilton and, despite some good breaks, they struggled to get the final pass to go to hand. As they started to tire, gaps began to open up for Highland and they managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Regardless of the final score the team can be proud of the effort that was put in by each and every player. Everyone can say they put in at least one tackle, committed to winning the ruck and contributed to an all round team effort. A big “well done” to all those that travelled, the benchmark for effort has now been set, and a big “thank you" to all the parents freezing on the touchline but cheering the boys on nonetheless.