Dundee line-up vs Marr

Saturday 6 December 2014
Kick-off – 2:00pm

15 – Blair Cochrane
14 – Mat O’Sullivan
13 – Duncan Leese
12 – Tim McKavanagh
11 – Ronan Joy
10 – Harry Millar
9 – Andy Dymock
1 – Stevie Longwell
2 – Darrell Russell
3 – Alan Brown
4 – Mat Harland
5 – Ian Robertson
6 – George Arnott
8 – Mike Stubbs
7 – Jonny Petty

Replacements:

16 – Drew Young
17 – James Sloan
18 – Ollie Cain
19 – Jamie Carr
20 – Adam Lowry

GHA 12-38 Dundee High – Match Report

With a dry day, little wind and a firm pitch, conditions were favourable at Braidholm as the home side kicked off to start a match which began in even fashion, with both sides having spells of possession, and GHA possibly looking the more likely in the early stages with their pacy backs. There was early evidence, however, of Dundee dominance in the set scrum and this was to prove beneficial as the game progressed.

GHA had the first real opportunity with a penalty attempt, but the goal was missed, and play continued without any obvious superiority for the first quarter. The deadlock was broken in 24 minutes, however, by some great running and ball movement by Dundee, leading to a try by Harry Millar, which he converted to edge the visitors ahead, 0-7.

Once the dam was breached for the first time, more was to follow in short order. A great run by Nick Alston shortly after the re-start took play to 10 metres from the GHA line. Dundee continued to press, but a knock-on led to a GHA scrum. Dundee pushed their opponents off the ball and Harry Millar slotted a rare drop goal to extend the lead to 10 points on the half-hour.

A well-judged grubber kick from Duncan Leese after the re-start was gathered by Ronan Joy who hared down the wing, only to be thwarted by being bundled into touch, but when GHA were penalised after the line-out, Dundee kicked to touch in the home 22 and the drive which followed led to a try for Steve Longwell, converted by Harry Millar. 34 minutes gone and Dundee were ahead 0-17.

GHA were not taking the scores lying down, of course, and hit back from the kick-off with a well worked try in the corner by Rani Jericevich, converted from near the touchline by brother Peter. 36 minutes on the clock, 7-17.

Dundee’s lead was restored within moments, when some great running and handling after the re-start saw Jonny Petty in support to grab a try, converted by Harry Millar. With half-time looming Dundee had a healthy lead at 7-24, but GHA had another chance with a penalty effort. The kicked again missed and the whistle went for the break without further addition.

Half-time: GHA 7 Dundee 24

After an even first quarter, a first score enabled Dundee to get the bit between their teeth and the visiting support hoped the dominant second quarter could prove match-winning. “The type of rugby we have been aiming for,” was the half-time assessment, with encouragement not to lose the place and to keep up the momentum.

As it was, it took only 5 minutes after the resumption for Dundee’s lead to be increased. A somewhat naïve GHA passing attempt was comfortably read by Andy Dymock, who intercepted in his own half, adding a turn of pace which ensured he ran under the posts without fear of being caught. Harry Millar had the simple conversion attempt to stretch Dundee’s advantage to an impressive 7-31.

Penalised infringements were continuing to thwart Dundee’s further attacking efforts and for much of the remainder of the half, the visitors were obliged to produce a defensive effort of the top order, with GHA continuing to move the ball well and at pace when opportunity allowed. Indeed it took a missed line-out collection to give GHA a real scoring chance which replacement Lewis Anderson took, touching down out wide. The difficult conversion attempt was unsuccessful and with 68 minutes gone, the score was 12- 31.

Once again, it took only moments from the re-start for Dundee’s lead to be restored, with George Arnott grabbing a loose ball to run in unhindered under the posts from some 30 yards out. Harry Millar went nap with the simple conversion attempt and the score moved to 12-38.

GHA were still moving the ball well and Dundee were seldom pressing further, but the visiting defence remained sound and the final whistle saw a very welcome Dundee victory.

Full time: GHA 12 Dundee 38

The course of an initially even game changed once Dundee gained their first score and the eventually comfortable win was gratefully absorbed by the visiting support. Coach Robbo’s post-match assessment was that the first half represented the best attacking performance of his tenure, and the warrior-like defensive showing of the second half set the standard for the remainder of the season.

Scorers:
Tries: Millar, Longwell, Petty, Dymock, Arnott
Conversions: Millar (5)
Drop goal: Millar