2nd XV Match Report- Dundee 2nd XV (a) 17/02/2016
The 2nd XV suffered a disappointing defeat away to promotion rivals Dundee on Wednesday. With injuries and unavailability leading to 7 or 8 regulars missing the fixture, several freshers and regular 3rd XV players were given valuable experience in what was a physical encounter.
After the journey and a somewhat disjointed warm up, Glasgow started extremely slowly and gifted the home side 12 early points through an unconverted and converted try. This shock was compounded by the early loss of second row pairing Steven Moyes and Jerome Knowles to shoulder and foot injuries respectively.
The second Dundee try provoked a reaction from the visitors, but attempts to breach the opposition’s line resulted only in frustration. A combination of too many knock-on’s, a faltering line-out and an outrageous deliberate knock-on from a Dundee defender ultimately ensured that the half time score would be 12-0.
The second period began much like the first had finished and Dundee rarely crossed the halfway line as Glasgow piled on the pressure. An increased intensity brought more and more half-breaks, but Glasgow found it difficult to deliver points to show for their domination. With around 15 minutes remaining, Louis Field’s dummy and strong run ended with a fend to the final defender and a score in the corner. The touchline conversion was missed.
Dundee spent the remainder of the game pinned in their 22. Craig Rintoul, Calum Holland and Jordan Carlisle all went close for the Black and Gold while two more blatantly deliberate knock-on’s in promising positions were not sufficiently penalised by the referee. However, ultimately Glasgow could not break down the resolute home defence and were left to rue a sluggish start.
Full Time: Glasgow 2s 5-12 Dundee 2s. A good experience for a number of players making their 2nd XV debut, but a very disappointing result. Next up are St Andrews 2s at home on Wednesday in a must win game.