RBS PREMIER TWO
STUART CAMERON reports from Riverside Park
IT’S A funny old game sometimes.Jed scored five tries last week playing fantastic rugby away from home at West of Scotland and racing into a 26-10 lead at half-time, but ended up with just two points to show for their efforts.
This week against Hills at home, they didn’t play up to par, making plenty of mistakes, yet walked away with four points. They say things even themselves out over the course of a season – in this case it’s happened on the first two weekends.
Let’s deal with some positives first. The defence which was leaky against West was much better this time out, to the extent that no tries were conceded at all. The line-out worked well for most of the game and the scrums – at times – were good.
But the handling was very poor indeed (from both sides) and this certainly contributed to the lack of tries
Forward passes prevented two tries at least and this let Hillhead back into the game.
Darren Gillespie opened up Jed’s account on 19 minutes – a well-worked try with plenty of interaction leading up to the score in the corner.
Angus Twaddle kicked two penalties either side of the break to put the Glaswegians in front 6-5 before Ewan Scott recaptured the lead with a penalty of his own.
It was still nip and tuck right to the end when David Grieve was pushed over the tryline.
Not vintage Jed at all, but they will have learned lessons from this.
Jed-Forest: L. Young; G. Young, E. Scott, K. Aitcheson, D. Gobby; C. Laidlaw, R. Goodfellow; R. Ferguson, David Grieve, A. Croitoru, P. Hill, A. McKay, A. Nagle, Donald Grieve, D. Gillespie. Subs: J. Cunningham, A. Ions, M. Weekley, J. Hogg.