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Sat 15
2nd XV
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54
League
Watsonians FC
2nd's against Watsonions

2nd's against Watsonions

By Al Falconer
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High scoring match


Saturday saw Hamilton 2nd XV take on Watsonions 2nd XV which proved to be a real nail biter. Hamilton quickly went 7-0 down as a Watsons were lively and quick to react to a Hamilton error. The Bulls, showing great spirit, retained possession from the kick off and through numerous phases were able to break down the defence see Steven Turnbull under the sticks after a notorious snipe from the base of the ruck, 7-7. Hamilton furthered their lead as John Rogerson finished off some great work from the team, once again showing great patience and control of the game, 12-7. Some great rugby followed and great tries by Allan Keatt, Craig Skilling and William Maxwell all showing individual skill and finesse. Watsons stayed close and were only able to score points off Hamilton errors and slight delay to respond to actions on the park. However Watsonions defence had been unable to cope with the intensity of attack and number of phases which was encouraging for all to see. Half time saw Hamilton go in trailing by 3 points, 22-25.
Watsonions hit out in the second have with 14 unanswered points as Hamilton lost a player due to injury and had to do some rejigging around the park. Hamilton were soon to hit back with John Rogerson scoring a great try after a midfield break by James Howatson which caught the defence napping. Watsons were quick to reply with another converted try and penalty as they tried to pull away from the Bulls. The game was never out of reach for the Bulls and another score from Willie seemed to inject some fire back into the team after a real exhausting effort. This was all in vane as the game finished 41-54 to Watsonions, but could have easily swung the other way. A real positive display from a thriving and developing team. Next week the Bulls travel to Heriots where they will try to take a scalp on the road.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 15, Oct 2016

Kickoff

15:00

Competition

National 1

League position

2
Watsonians FC
7
Hamilton