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Late flourish sinks Dalziel
Posted 21/2/12 @ 17:18 by Niall McK (Posts: 598)

A couple of early tries as well as a late flourish from visitors GHA made Saturday a misery for the Dalziel boys. GHA centre Hefin O’Hare shrugged off a couple of tackles to score under the posts for the first try of the day and then outpaced Dalziel defenders to score in the corner for his second ony 10 minutes into the game. Three penalties from stand-off John Harris kept Dalziel in the game as Dalziel were spurred on after conceding these two soft tries and played some good rugby, keeping the visitors at bay for the most part of the half. GHA managed to cross the line once more before the turn of the half, however, as a mix up at the lineout gave GHA no.8 the ball who proceeded to bounce off no fewer than 3 attempted tackles to score in the corner once more. Dalziel did come close to scoring a few tries of their own but were thwarted each time by little mistakes or great defence by GHA. Watters only had to reach out for a score under the posts following some great forward play, but a good cover tackle by the defence kept the score as it was. A charge down on the GHA line gave James Baxendale the opportunity to touch down for a score also, but some fantastic work by the GHA winger meant he was held up over the line.

The half time score stayed at 17-12 throughout the half as Harris added a fourth penalty to keep the home side in touch. The game was relatively tight throughout the second half with no more tries until the last 10 minutes. Another series of mistakes within their 22 allowed GHA to pounce on a dropped ball and score another under the posts, putting Dalziel out of reach of gaining a losing bonus point. To round the game off, GHA’s stand-off made a break and looped round his supporting player to receive the ball back then he crossed the line in the corner at the blow of the final whistle. Final score 29-12.

The Second XV made the long trip down to Selkirk to play their first league game for a month. Dalziel started strongly with some heroic defending keeping Selkirk at bay. Dalziel pushed forward and from a penalty worked their way to a line out with in their opponents 22 after 30 minutes. Fraser McGlashan secured the ball and a maul was set up, however, after the Dalziel pack tried to move the ball, it was lost in contact and Selkirk spun the ball wide to run in the opening score. Another 3 missed tackles before half time put Selkirk 24-0 up at halftime.

Dalziel knew they were still in the game, but lapse in concentration allowed selkirk to score again and put them in firm control of the match. Selkirk scored a further 4 tries to seal a 53-0 win and extend their league at the top of Reserve National 2.

The Third XV travelled to Lanark to play their First XV in a friendly and in treacherous conditions lost 22-5 with Neil Simpson gaining Dalziel’s only points.

Later that evening, over 50 people attended the Mini Section Burns supper, where over £400 was raised for the P7 tour to the Kirkby Lonsdale International Youth Festival.

Next week the First XV are away to Perthshire, while the Third XV and Under 18s are at home to GHA and Uddingston.

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