GHA 14 v 12 Clacks
Clacks eventually played their cancelled Scottish Quarter Final Cup tie against GHA in Glasgow. This match had previously been scheduled for December but was a victim to the sub zero temperatures that has cancelled many matches up till now, this would strengthen the case for a winter shut down to allow the kids to develop skills in the appropriate playing conditions. Clacks had the luxury of travelling to this fixture by coach which delivers the boys at the venue in the correct frame of mind.
The playing conditions were perfect for Clacks and the game went end to end in the first quarter with no scoring opportunities for either team. As in the past refereeing interpretations has always been a problem for the young Clacks team. As they have not had protection on the fringes of the rucks and mauls this tends to be an area where the team is vulnerable due to different interpretations from referees.
GHA were a big unit and Clacks continually asked questions with strong running and good off loads from the tackle, this enabled Clacks to get behind GHA and score the first try of the match out wide by Danny Roonie conversion missed. That was the only score of the first half which was very physical for both teams. Early in the second half Louie Robertson picked from a 5 meter scrum and drove over the line with 3 tacklers for company. Conversion was a success Clacks12 GHA 0
The call was put out to shut shop to the Clacks boys and play out the last 14 mins. It was not to be as the youngsters continued to push for another score, on doing so passes were not conventional and GHA intercepted a high risk pass and scored between the sticks. Clacks boys lost shape and were now allowing GHA to roll mauls with pulling it down and this got the home to close enough to the line to allow one of the 14 stoners to flop over the line to take the lead with a converted try. 3 minutes remaining and Clacks pushed for the victory they so deserved, and were continually caught up in slow contacts until in the last seconds of the match GHA conceded a penalty in kicking range, this was a pressure kick and unfortunately Clacks missed and this was the last action of the match.
The team was devastated as they were the stronger team throughout but unfortunately they have to know losing is part of winning and they will build on this and aim to conclude the season on a high note by winning all remaining league matches and a good run in the Welsh tournament they are attending at Easter.