HILLHEAD JORDANHILL and Watsonians both made it two bonus point wins from two in the Sarah Beaney Cup on Sunday.
Hills were up against Premiership champions Stirling County, who were playing their first match since the league final in December, and they started where they left off to take a 10 point lead at half-time. However, the Hughenden hosts found another gear in the second period and went on to record a 29-15 triumph to set them up nicely for the rest of the Cup run.
Hills’ try scorers were Millie Warren, Hannah McHugh, Heather Lockhart and Jeneise Miles, with Warren kicking three conversions and a penalty. Paige Aitken-Robinson, Heather Davis and Alex Love scored the County tries.
“This was another really positive performance and result as we continue to work through the Cup competition one game at a time,” Hills’ head coach Stephen Gillies said.
“Stirling brought a physicality and intensity that should be admired and has proven very successful.
“All-round we were really pleased that we held to our game plan despite early pressure. This then allowed our natural game to shine through in the second half, leading to a good win.
“Most pleasing of all was the continued seamless introduction of last season’s/this year’s 2nd XV players into a pressured environment.”
Mark Ainsworth, the Stirling County head coach, said: “An excellent first half performance saw us lead by 10 at half-time. From the kick off for the second half, Hills gave us a lesson on how to manage a game and thoroughly deserved their victory.”
At Myreside, Watsonians backed up their opening win at Corstorphine with a 46-5 triumph over Edinburgh rivals Heriot’s Blues.
The visitors came into this one off the back of a confidence-boosting bonus point win over Garioch, but they were 15-0 down at half-time and the hosts tied up the bonus point with a fourth try a few minutes into the second period.
Shannon Macey led the way for Watsonians with a hat-trick while Laura Buckingham, Sophie Anderson, Rachel Phillips, Mary Nelson and Annabel Hughes also crossed with Susie Clements converting three. Heriot’s try came from Lisa Martin.
Watsonians captain Rachel Law said: “We were really delighted to get the win in what proved to be difficult playing conditions with the rain and wind.
“We talked a lot all week about the expansive game we wanted to play with real attacking threats out wide for us and I thought the forwards did a cracking job in getting us the ‘go forward’ ball we needed to allow us to move it wide.
“Credit to Heriot’s for their physicality, it’s always a brilliant battle against them.”
Heriot’s head coach Craig Robertson said: “It was a solid performance by Watsonians and a well-deserved win. We struggled to compete at the breakdown and couldn’t generate momentum. That being said, there we periods where we were in the match, but just couldn’t take advantage against a strong defence.”
In the other game on Sunday, Corstorphine secured a bonus point win on the road at Cartha Queens Park. Katie Weighill, Rheo Laurenson, Emily Mullen and Lucy Kidd scored tries for the Edinburgh side at Dumbreck, with Kiyomi Honjigawa converting one in the 22-5 victory. Charlotte Boan was the Cartha scorer.
“We started well, however, the conditions were not conducive to running rugby and a couple of offloads just didn’t go to hand, but it was good to get the win,” Corstorphine head coach Eric Jones said.
Ally Hunter, the Cartha head coach, said: “I was proud of our performance. Despite the loss we took another step in the right direction especially in the second half when the player made the adjustments we had spoken about at half-time.
“We showed a lot of fight and I cannot fault our attitude – the second half was probably our best team performance of the season and we continue to grow.”
There are no Sarah Beaney Cup fixtures this coming weekend and it all resumes on the weekend of February 17th and 18th with three matches scheduled.