1st XV Match Report- Bishop Burton College (a) 17/02/2016
It was a bleary-eyed 7am start for the boys as they made the 5 hour journey down to Hull to play Bishop Burton College in the last 16 of the BUCs Trophy. We were greeted by awful conditions and an extremely muddy pitch but the boys did not let the journey affect them and started strongly, eager to take the game to Bishop.
Glasgow were playing in Bishop Burton’s half but with hindsight, a bit too eager to kick as they looked dangerous when the ball was spread wide. Bishop knocked it on to end their first attack with Sam Bullock cheekily offloading behind the back of an opposing player for Kyle to clear our lines. A number of big hits had been put in already from the likes of Jonny Spence and Fraser Christie with a strong push from our defensive line throughout the first half. On the 10 minute mark we went to 14 men as Kyle was shown a yellow. In spite of this Glasgow continued to press, enjoying the majority of territory. At 15 minutes a chip over the top was chased down and kicked through by Jamie Fieldhouse. He was just beaten to the ball by a defending player but Glasgow were awarded the attacking 5 metre scrum. Some strong running from the ensuing scrum was eventually held up just before the try line. A penalty was awarded for the tackler not releasing and Kerr Stoddart put us 3 – 0 up. It wasn’t until the 30th minute until Bishop Burton actually challenged our line but good work rate from the boys enabled the cover defence to prevent the try and hack the ball away. Bishop attacked for the next 5 minutes and the boggy pitch and physical hits soon sapped Glasgow’s energy and they conceded an overlap for Bishop to score in the corner. Soon after, a collapsed scrum caused the first injury of the day with Theo Nwosu-Hope damaging a shouler, while a knock to the head caused the departure of Ben Kenderdine a few moments later. In the remaining minutes the slippery conditions took their toll and Glasgow couldn’t connect phases effectively and the halftime score remained 7 – 3.
Within 5 minutes of the second half Matt Horsman also received a head injury causing the third substitution in the pack within 10 minutes of play. Bishop continued to take it though phases, sapping the Glasgow defence, but the boys dug in holding up an attempted score in the 50th minute. From the following 5 metre scrum Glasgow had no purchase in the boggy ground and slid backwards as the Bishop pack pushed over for a converted try. A few minutes later Bishop Burton gained ground through their pack and found an overlap out wide once again to score an unconverted try. With the injury tally mounting the Bishop scrum started to gain the upper hand preventing Glasgow from setting a platform. With the departure of Fraser Christie, also due to injury, we saw Michael Thompson step up and debut in the back row. The game continued in a stop start fashion due to the conditions, with glimpses of good rugby shown by Glasgow but there was a lack of end product. In the latter stages, Glasgow were trying to play out of their own half with Bishop enjoying the territorial advantage. With the final play of the game Bishop Burton mauled over from 5 metres out to make the final score 24 – 3. A disappointing scoreline considering the competition between the teams but ultimately, after a promising first half display, Glasgow just could not pull back the deficit with their lack of territory. Man of the Match- Jonny Spence.
In better conditions, on another day, the outcome may have been different but we congratulate Bishop Burton and wish them luck for the rest of the competition. The boys have a few weeks break now before we have our last BUCS game at home to Aberdeen on the 9th March.