Sarah Beaney Cup round-up: Hillhead Jordanhill close in on final place

Scottish Rugby apologise after referee scheduling error forces Stirling County versus Heriot's Blues match to be postponed

Hillhead Jordanhill are still unbeaten in the Sarah Beaney Cup after a weekend win. Image: Peter Watt
Hillhead Jordanhill are still unbeaten in the Sarah Beaney Cup after a weekend win. Image: Peter Watt

HILLHEAD JORDANHILL defeated Corstorphine Cougars on Saturday to make it five wins from five in this year’s Sarah Beaney Cup group stage and edge another step closer to earning a final place.

Meanwhile, Garioch secured their first win of the competition when they edged out fellow strugglers Cartha Queens Park at Kellands Park.

But there was frustration for Stirling County and Heriot’s Blues after their match had to be postponed at the last minute because Scottish Rugby had forgotten to allocate match officials for the Bridgehaugh meeting.


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A Scottish Rugby statement said:

“Scottish Rugby will be reallocating the Stirling County-Heriot’s Sarah Beaney Cup match after an error occurred with the allocating of match officials to the game.

“We recognise that there was an oversight, for which we have apologised to both clubs for.

“The match will be rescheduled shortly and we will work closely with Stirling County and Heriot’s to ensure the time of the fixture is agreeable by both clubs.”

Hillhead were made to work hard for the triumph at Union Park by hosts Corstorphine, but the Glasgow outfit came through 12-10 and the loss ended the Edinburgh side’s hopes of reaching a second successive final in the event.

Roma Fraser, who was among Glasgow Warriors best performers in the recent Celtic Challenge, scored one of the away team’s tries with Beth Tobin also crossing and Millie Warren kicking one conversion.

Scotland wider squad member Merryn Gunderson scored Corstorphine’s try and Kiyomi Honjigawa kicked a penalty and a conversion, but it was just a losing bonus point in the end for them.

“I’m really proud of the performance the girls put in,” Hillhead Jordanhill head coach Stephen Gillies said “We knew the exceptional physical talents Cougars would bring to the game and we knew we’d have to front up. To have the mindset to do so really shows the character of the team.

“On top of that, to play our game and not drift from our identity – evidenced by a try-line to try-line score in the last play of the first half by Roma Fraser – shows the clarity we have in who we are as a group.

“As mentioned before the game, we’re proud of where we’re at. To be five from five so far is an achievement.

“But the approach won’t change. Full focus is now on preparing for an exciting game against Watsonians in a couple of weeks’ time.”

Corstorphine head coach Eric Jones said:  “It was another good competitive game between us and Hills, unfortunately we were on the wrong side of the result.

“It was a much better performance from us [than the previous game], our ball retention was better and our decision making was much better.”

 

 

Meanwhile, Jess Silcocks led the way with two tries for Garioch in their 24-17 bonus-point win over Cartha, with Glasgow Warrior Megan Hyland and Morgan Stewart also going over. Alisha Ross converted two of them.

Cartha finish their campaign winless, but took a losing bonus point here thanks to tries by former Scotland cap Siobhan McMillan, Molly Gribbin and Georgia Steele and a conversion from Cecilie Olsen.

“I am really proud of that performance overall, the weather was atrocious at times and we should have taken more of advantage of playing with the wind in the first half, but at half time was 12-12,” Garioch head coach Dave Duguid said.

“We really dug in during the second half and played some of the best rugby we have all season. Our forwards led from the front and gave us the front foot ball we needed.”

His opposite number, Ally Hunter, said:  “It was a tough and extremely physical game in some very challenging weather conditions.

“We are disappointed with the result as we know we can be better. The penalty count, especially around the breakdown, was high and we made some errors at crucial times which made for a difficult afternoon.

“This being said we will improve and learn from this fixture.”

 

 

All of which means that Hills lead the way with 24 points from five games so far in the pool stage of this competition while Watsonians are second on 21 points from five games, with those two sides are still to meet.

Stirling County – third with 15 points from four games – are now the only other side who can finish in the top two to make it into the final at Murrayfield on April 27th.

The last scheduled round of pool play is on Saturday, April 6th, but the Stirling County-Heriot’s Blues clash must now be factored in as well.


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1 Comment

  1. The final round ( s ) of Sarah Beaney Cup games promise to be very close. Its certainly going to be 2 from the 3 of Hills, Stirling and Watsonian Women for the final on Aoril 27, BUT which 2 ??

    Hopefully all this wet weather will pass before April 6th and we’ll get dry surfaces for the final games!!

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