3XV Match Report: 28/10/2015
On a dismal evening at Scotstoun, the 3rd XV took on St. Andrews 3rd XV aiming to make it two wins from two in the league. Glasgow started strongly, working their way up-field thanks to patient phase play and aggressive carrying, with Iain Slessor and Craig Rintoul making big yards in the loose. Glasgow were searching for tries and opted to put numerous penalties into the corner instead of taking the shot at goal, however poor execution proved to be Glasgow’s achilles heel. Dropped lineouts, handling errors in the backs and even a knock-on over the try-line all cost the 3’s who, to their disbelief, went in at half-time trailing 3-0 despite dominating the entire half.
The second half was much the same, but a more clinical and focused Glasgow were able to step it up a gear. An early penalty from returning fly-half Tom Marsh settled Glasgow nerves, and the error count dropped significantly from thereon in. After one of captain Wilfred Earlam’s many turnovers, a barnstorming run from the titanic Iain Slessor gave Glasgow front-foot ball. Two phases later Marsh hit Sam Cooke with a flat pass, putting him through a ragged hole in the St. Andrews defence for a try on his GURFC debut. The conversion was missed, but Glasgow seemed to be cruising. A hopeful St. Andrews chip through was badly dealt with at the back and they capitalised on the loose ball to bring things level at 8-8.
Thankfully, any worries proved to be short-lived. The bench made an immediate impact – the ever-threatening Ross Mulford was finding space everywhere and not letting anything through at the back, while an in-form Michael Bunker was grabbing yards every time he carried. A St. Andrews rally was dampened by resolute Glasgow defence, with Earlam snaffling turnovers all over the place after big tackling from Slessor, Daniel Moore and replacement Nickel Ross had disrupted their rhythm.
Glasgow subsequently turned the screw, and after a brilliant line-out take from Bunker in the rain, Daniel Moore was able to dot down at the back of the maul to put Glasgow 13-8 up and seal a hard-fought win. Despite the victory the boys know the performance left much to be desired, but a dominant scrum and hard carrying were strong suits for the pack. In the second half, good decision making in the backs and extremely robust defence saw the home side over the line. This victory will only add to the boy’s momentum moving forward.
MoM: Iain Slessor