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Haddington
GHK
J Ferguson, A Laidlaw, K Adams (2)
Tries
G Pritchard (2)
Conversions
G Pritchard
Penalties
Sat 23 Apr 15:00 - Club Championships - BT National League Division 3 Full time

Champions downed in bonus end to the season

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Haddington rounded off the season with a bonus point win over champions GHK at Neilson Park on Saturday.

Head coach Rhodri Thomas praised his side as they inflicted just a second league defeat of the season on champions GHK at Neilson Park on Saturday.
A depleted Reds squad, missing a number of regulars from the pack, produced a superb performance to stun the Glasgow side, already confirmed as champions, in their final league game.
Veteran duo Alan Laidlaw and Mark Morrison returned alongside another experienced campaigner Graeme Dykes in the forwards, while the evergreen skipper Colin Stuart moved from hooker to number eight.
The backline was more settled, while there was a possible 1st XV debut from the bench for Ally Stewart, having impressed for the 2nds this season.
Thomas' side made the worst possible start to the match as they fell behind early on, with Danny Campbell going over for the visitors' first try.
When Campbell crossed for his second try of the half, the Reds found themselves 0-12 down and up against it.
Thomas' side got back into the match thanks to a moment of individual brilliance from full-back James Ferguson, who broke the line superbly, and backed himself against the covering defenders to score a 60-metre solo try.
Gareth Pritchard converted to bring the hosts within seven points, but they were dealt another blow when hooker Kyle Munro was sent to the sin-bin.
The already-crowned champions took full advantage to score their third try, as Jez Hanks went over.
A successful conversion meant Haddington were 7-19 behind at the interval.
The Reds, though, fought hard up front, with Morrison, Dykes and Harry Hamilton to the fore as they got back into the match.
A second try reduced the deficit further, with Alan Laidlaw the man scoring after a well-worked rolling maul.
Pritchard, goaled the extras to make it 14-19.
And the comeback was completed when they scored a third try to draw level.
With the visitors' Nick Hurn in the sin-bin, the Reds produced an excellent team move which put Kyle Adams away to score.
Pritchard missed with the conversion attempt, but landed a penalty to put the home side ahead for the first time at 22-19.
Adams showed his acrobatic skills to beat the defence, and avoid the corner flag, to score his second of the afternoon in the corner (27-19).
That wrapped up a bonus point, and although GHK crossed for their fourth late on, the Reds held on for a stunning comeback win.
And head coach Thomas was delighted with the result.
He said: "We had set ourselves a target of scoring four tries and we achieved this, and secured fourth spot in the league.
"Finishing the season in this way is a real boost for the team and gives us a great platform to start from next season.
"GHK are worthy champions, so to get a bonus point win against them was hugely positive."

Haddington: James Ferguson, Kyle Adams, Kyle Hamilton, Liam Clutton, Mark Robertson, Gareth Pritchard, Jack Hamilton; Alan Laidlaw, Kyle Munro, Phill Smith, Harry Hamilton, Jonny Riddell, Graeme Dykes, Mark Morrison, Colin Stuart (c)
Replacements: Connor Munro (for Morrison) Andrew Durkin (for Robertson), Ally Stewart (unused)

Key moments

30:00
Try James Ferguson scores for Haddington
31:00
Conversion Gareth Pritchard kicks a conversion for Haddington
55:00
Try Alan Laidlaw scores for Haddington
70:00
Try Kyle Adams scores for Haddington
71:00
Conversion Gareth Pritchard kicks a conversion for Haddington
74:00
Try Kyle Adams scores for Haddington
78:00
Penalty Gareth Pritchard kicks a penalty for Haddington

Highlights

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78:00 Penalty 27 - 0
Gareth Pritchard kicks a penalty for Haddington
74:00 Try 24 - 0
Kyle Adams scores for Haddington
71:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Gareth Pritchard kicks a conversion for Haddington
70:00 Try 17 - 0
Kyle Adams scores for Haddington
55:00 Try 12 - 0
Alan Laidlaw scores for Haddington
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Gareth Pritchard kicks a conversion for Haddington
30:00 Try 5 - 0
James Ferguson scores for Haddington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Haddington
  • GHK
  • 0
  • James Ferguson Try 30:00'
  • Gareth Pritchard Conversion 31:00'
  • Alan Laidlaw Try 55:00'
  • Kyle Adams Try 70:00'
  • Gareth Pritchard Conversion 71:00'
  • Kyle Adams Try 74:00'
  • Gareth Pritchard Penalty 78:00'

Team selection

Ferguson, James Ferguson, James
Adams, Kyle Adams, Kyle
Hamilton, Kyle Hamilton, Kyle
Clutton, Liam Clutton, Liam
Robertson, Mark Robertson, Mark
Pritchard, Gareth Pritchard, Gareth
Hamilton, Jack Hamilton, Jack
Stuart, Colin Stuart, Colin
Morrison, Mark Morrison, Mark
Dykes, Graeme Dykes, Graeme
Riddell, Jonny Riddell, Jonny
Hamilton, Harry Hamilton, Harry
Smith, Phil Smith, Phil
Munro, Kyle Munro, Kyle
Laidlaw, Alan Laidlaw, Alan

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# Team Pl Pts
1. GHK 18 81
2. West of Scotland 20 73
3. Dumfries Saints 19 62
4. Haddington 22 61
5. Perthshire 19 49
6. Orkney 18 47
7. Livingston 17 30

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