|After the snow affecting the fixtures schedule, Hillfoots XV were raring to go and to get playing rugby again. They hosted Falkirk 2nd XV, in a muchly anticipated game due to importance of every game to the Hillfoots campaign. The wind began to pick up an hour before the game and persisted well into the second half, so both teams had to adjust their approach to the game to suit the conditions. The first half saw Falkirk take advantage of a mistake and they began to mount pressure on the Hillfoot’s defence and push them back well into the 22. However, this pressure was not converted, with some great defensive work from the ‘Foots. The hosts began to counter-attack and play more tactically making their own advances up the field. After a series of well worked phases, Hillfoots opened their account and scored a total of four tries in the first half, with two converted finishing up with a scoreline of 24-0 at the end of the half.
The second half began brightly for both teams. Falkirk changed their strategy and began to build some momentum with increasing pressure on the ‘Foots defensive line. As the wind persisted the hosts needed to use alternative methods to gain territory, as some kicks were attempted with little success. The hosts used their skill set and game management to soak up bouts of significant pressure by turning over the ball several times deep in their own territory and then scoring with a few neatly executed phases. The stalwart defence ensured that the visitors were unable to put any points on the board, but they showed some defensive resilience in an effort to keep the scoreline down. However, the Hillfoot’s attack constantly probed for every weaknesses and managed to put another four tries over the line. The game ended with a final score of 55-0 and now the Hillfoots XVs prepare to travel to Panmure where both Hillfoots teams are playing.
The 1sts take on Panmure, while the Rams are playing Dundee Medics, both KO’s are at 12.15pm to allow everyone to cheer on the Scotland team in Cardiff. Thanks again for all of our great local support – we hope to entertain you all again on 17 Feb with a 3pm kick off.