League game @ Old Anniesland, 6/10/12
|Dalziel Under 18s:||19|
Dragons singe the Hawks Feathers
''HIGH FLYING DRAGONS BURN HAWKS TAIL FEATHERS'`
On a day when the blinding sun had an adverse effect on vision, the U18s produced the display they had been building up to all season with a stunning19-19 victory over unbeaten Glasgow Hawks (a moral victory at least). Despite having four tries chopped off, the players, and coaches, held their discipline well and dominated all areas of the game from start to finish. Indeed, most of the complaints came from the guy going past on a motorbike.
There was a welcolme return from Andrew Davidson who ensured not only a lion's share of lineout ball, but also stopped every Hawks back row move at source. Dalziel dominated the first ten minutes and when Stokes was tackled 5 metres out, a quick ball from Mullin found Marshall driving towards the line, another quick pass from McCormack allowed King to sprint over for the first try of the match, which was converted by McCormack. Despite continued Dalziel pressure, Hawks 'managed' to get themselves an equalising try and conversion just before half time.
Dalziel again started well and after King had his score under the posts chopped off, the forwards turned over the resulting scrummage for Reilly to break three tackles and score in the corner, the video ref must have had some technical problems however, as it seemed to take an eternity for the try to be awarded. Hawks one again took themselves up the park to level at 12-12, however, the boys continued to hold their discipline and soon found themselves 'knocking on'again over the Hawk's try line. From the resulting scrum, McCormack caught the Hawks scrumhalf, allowing Neilson to pounce on the ball, McCormack again converted to give the boys a 19-12 lead. It was a relief when Hawks finally equalised as some people have booked holidays for the October week.
Overall, every player deserves a mention as everyone played very well with the benefits of training really paying off. Despite losing games at the start of the season the team has shown high levels of skill and ability from the start and should fear no-one.
The printable version.
Nathan Paton, Kyle Marshall, Shabaz Khan, Greg Smith, Jack Hill, Andrew Davidson, Grant Neilson, Chris Mullin, Martin McCormack, Cameron King, David Connelly, Callum McKay, Fraser Skinner, Ryan Reilly, Gary Stokes
Subs: Ross Ferguson, Christopher Bradshaw, Mark Thurley, Ben Clark, Raymond McNamara, Liam Cusick, Ewan Clark, Ryan Higgins
Tries: Grant Neilson, Cameron King, Ryan Reilly
Conversions: Martin McCormack (2)
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