Scottish Cup: Edinburgh Accies sweep depleted Glasgow Hawks aside

Raeburn Place men will now host Heriot's Blues on 13th April in last eight

Edinburgh Accies were big winners against Glasgow Hawks at Raeburn Place. Image: John Wright
Edinburgh Accies were big winners against Glasgow Hawks at Raeburn Place. Image: John Wright

Edinburgh Accies 63

Glasgow Hawks 14

COLIN RENTON @ Raeburn Place

EDINBURGH ACCIES booked a quarter-final berth with a nine-try show that featured some outstanding rugby. A Hawks side missing several key individuals contributed to an open encounter with their efforts to play open rugby, but ultimately had no answer to the pace and precision of the hosts.

Home coach Iain Berthinussen was delighted with the outcome but acknowledged that the personnel issues at Hawks had an impact, and a tougher test lies ahead when Heriot’s provide the opposition in the next round.

“I think we have had about five weeks now to fester on what was a pretty poor league season if we’re honest,” he said. “In that time we also had a chance to embed some guys back into the fold who have missed the league season.


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“It’s probably a fair reflection of the team we would like to put out. We had to exercise some demons. There’s some real frustration there. We certainly won’t get carried away. We knew Hawks were missing some key individuals.”

And of the test that awaits, he added, “We know the beast that’s coming when we play Heriot’s. They beat us twice in the league this season so we’ll have to be well and truly on it and improve parts of our game.”

Despite the absentees, Hawks coach Andy Hill had hoped for a better showing from his men. “We knew it was going to be a challenge given the way the week had gone in terms of availability of players,” he said. “There were guys in the squad who have played more twos games than ones games, but we expected a much better performance than that. I thought we would be competitive and have a chance to win it. We got a good start but never followed that up.”

Hill’s expectations looked to be well founded as Hawks, coming into the match on a recent run of improved results, made a confident start and took the lead after three minutes. A penalty to touch provided the platform for a powerful surge that ended with Kyle Shanahan plunging over. David McCartney added the extras.

Accies responded with a pacy breakout instigated by Gavin Welsh that saw recycled ball fed out to Robbie Kent, who darted through a gap and raced round behind the posts to leave Ross Cadzow an easy kick to square matters.

Kent turned creator for the second Accies try, stretching the Hawks defence before releasing Max Wallace for the score. Cadzow again converted, then he took his personal haul into double figures when he scampered in for a self-converted touchdown after 20 minutes.

Accies had assumed control, and they emphasised their superiority with a fourth score when Cole Imrie finished off after a drive following a lineout inside the Hawks 22. Cadzow maintained his flawless kicking effort when he stroked over the conversion, and the scrum-half concluded the first-half scoring with a further two points after Wallace had won an aerial challenge with McCartney to secure a cross-kick from Ben Appleson and sprint over for his second try.

Hawks seized a lifeline three minutes after the restart when McCartney raced past three defenders then freed Sione Halafihi for a run to the line. McCartney’s conversion scraped over after rattling off a post.

The Accies response was instant and again it was Cadzow who scored, picking up just inside the opposition half and sprinting over before kicking the conversion.

There was no way back for Hawks and the home side extended the lead when Kent slalomed through for his second converted try. And the victory was completed in style when Wallace crossed twice more, taking his personal tally to four, and Cadzow maintained his immaculate kicking contribution when he banged over both conversions.

 

Teams –

Edinburgh Accies: R Chalmers; G Welsh, R Kent, N Armstrong©, M Wallace; B Appleson, R Cadzow; C Imrie, C Davies, C Crookshanks, J Mills, S Whittaker, G Napier, A Wood, J Sole. Subs: F McAslan, R Dunbar, T Drennan, B Grainger, C Allan.

Glasgow Hawks: J Couper; J Blair, R Flett, J McConkey, R Speers; D McCartney, J Imrie; K Shanahan, A Burgess, M Goodwin, S Leckey©, S Halafihi, R Howie, Y Shaheen, C Nolan. Subs: F Muir, E Cairns, J Blane, W Burrows, H Roxburgh.

Referee: S O’Neill

 

Scorers –

Edinburgh Accies: Tries: Kent 2, Wallace 4, Cadzow 2, Imrie; Cons: Cadzow 9.

Glasgow Hawks: Tries: Shanahan, Halafihi; Cons: McCartney 2

Scoring sequence (Edinburgh Accies first): 0-5, 0-7, 5-7, 7-7, 12-7, 14-7, 19-7, 21-7, 26-7, 28-7, 33-7, 35-7 (h-t) 35-12, 35-14, 40-14, 42-14, 47-14, 49-14, 54-14, 56-14, 61-14, 63-14.

 

Man-of-the-match: Accies had several contenders. Max Wallace had a four-try haul, while Robbie Kent looked threatening every time he had possession, and he also found his way onto the score sheet. But it was Ross Cadzow who earned the nod with an impressive performance included two tries and a flawless kicking contribution for a 28-point total.

Talking point: The cup may have been devalued somewhat by the absence of several teams, but there is still prestige in lifting silverware at Murrayfield and the eight sides left in the tournament will be relishing the prospect of a cup run.


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16 Comments

  1. Not before time a performance like this from Accies. Much expected this season after a few good seasons but it didn’t happen for them in the league- disappointing there but maybe a decent cup run

  2. Why are Accies playing Heriot’s on Saturday 13th April ? Next Saturday, with an early kick off, on the date designated by Scottsh Rugby ?

    • I’m reliably informed that as some of the Accies squad are in Dublin next weekend they requested, and somehow received, dispensation from Murrayfield to re-arrange the date to 13th April. Totally unacceptable in my opinion. Accies knew the date for their potential quarter final months ago. If some of the Accies squad want to go to Dublin, then that’s their choice. The game should have been played next Saturday. I have to say, at the same time, I’m disappointed that my own club Heriot’s did not stand their ground and let Accies get away with this. Heriots Blues 1st XV have not played a competitive match since 17th February and are now having to wait 8 weeks to play against Accies. The same day as the Melrose 7s !!

      This year’s Scottish Cup has become an absolute farce. Only fourteen teams enter and two withdraw before a tie is played. Matches being played on the days of Scotland Internationals and 7 a side tournaments. Time for a rethink CRB ( Couldnae Runa Bath).

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      • It really depends if Accies asked for dispensation for that date before the season started? Clubs are allowed to request dispensation for stand by dates due to other commitments. A tour is one such event.

        I can’t think of a circumstance where permission would be granted if this request was made recently

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    • Where are you getting this crap from ? I was at the game as a Hawks fan and was chatting away to some of the Hawks officials and not once has this been mentioned

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      • I’m shocked to hear that ‘hawks officials’ weren’t telling someone in the stand that they are skint and have problems coming from every angle.

        It’s the worst kept secret in Scottish rugby that they have been circling the drain for the last few years.

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