Barry Jones scored 18 of Dundee’s 23 points including a try that lit up a dreich afternoon and a 100% performance with the boot. Playing in steady rain and soggy conditions underfoot, Dundee shut out a determined Hamilton side that in turn, made Dundee work for every yard and point.
The first half was notable for the amount of possession and territory enjoyed by the visitors who took the game to Dundee with gusto. Hamilton never looked like scoring but forced Dundee to put in a hard shift against their hard running ball carriers as they threw everything at the Mayfield defence. Dundee’s rapacious rearguard forced Hamilton to infringe or spill the ball time and again as the home side responded to the coaches request to show a more a aggressive front-foot defence than last week.
What little time they spent in Hamilton’s half was well spent and two penalties gave Dundee a slender half-time lead. Tom Sheffield was involved in the build-up to each, the first coming after his jinking break into Hamilton territory, and the second on the stroke of half-time as he provided link between Danny Levison and Kenny Watt for the dynamic prop to earn the chance at goal. Barry Jones slotted both with ease.
Dundee 6, Hamilton 0
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