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Hawick hold out Heriots for an incredible 66 phases before try is disallowed

Hawick hold out Heriots for an incredible 66 phases before try is disallowed
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Hawick beat league leaders Heroits 6-3 in the mud of Mansfield Park on Saturday to go through to the Scottish Cup final in a match that had it’s fair share of controversy. There was a red card, and the end to the match was something seldom seen on a rugby field.

The second half was scoreless despite Heriots dominating, even when down to 14 men following a red card to flyhalf Stuart Edwards for a dangerous tackle.

With time up and trailing by 3, Heriots launched an assault on the line that lasted all of an unbelievable 10 minutes and 38 seconds, with no less than a whopping 66 phases of play.

Hawick, with former Scotland winger Nikki Walker in their ranks, defended manfully for an incredible period of play that included not only excellent discipline, but some great tackling to boot. The handling and ball retention by Heriots in such conditions was equally impressive.

With the referee in the hotseat for all of ten minutes, it came down to the 66th phase for him to make the biggest call of the match, ruling that Max Learmonth’s attempt at a try was held up by Greg Cottrell, so the final whistle was blown on an extraordinary ending to a club rugby match.

“Just sheer blood and guts in that second half,” said skipper Rory Hutton, who was spear tackled earlier in the match. “The boys dug deep. There were some massive hits going in with the Heriots boys running at full pelt. I imagine there will be some sore bodies tomorrow.”

Hawick will take on Boroughmuir, who won at Glasgow Hawks, in the final at Murrayfield on April 18th.

All phases below, plus view a quick round up from the match, including the red card, on page two

Credits: Audio courtesy Radio Borders. Commentary by Stuart McFarlane and Dale Clancy.
Filmed by Stuart Cameron for BordersRugby.net

16 Comments

  • larry
    3:27 PM 15/03/2015

    Not enough forwards of either team fighting for the ball, so no space out wide. Perhaps refs need to start calling balls "out" when at the last foot, when the ruck becomes static. Then you'd see defensive forwards moving in on the ball and perhaps more forwards would do the job they used to do, not stand around in defensive lineups across the field.

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  • larry
    3:25 PM 15/03/2015

    Enough to static ruck phases! It's ruined the game!

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  • larry
    3:24 PM 15/03/2015

    I totally agree. Ironically this was probably close to how the game was played in 1880. It's really rugby league, isn't it? Ireland v Wales yesterday: 28 phases reported by Eddie Butler early in the second half, and Ireland don't score. Perhaps the ball need to be considered "out" when at the last foot of whoever is n the "ruck," especially when two of his teammates are right behind him. Law changes are needed, as in changing back to the ones that existed before 1993!

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  • stroudos
    8:41 AM 11/03/2015

    Ah yes, think you're right! My apologies.

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  • 11:42 PM 10/03/2015

    Spent plenty of time there, still was predictable and boring

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  • 11:41 PM 10/03/2015

    Agreed!

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  • 45678
    8:09 PM 10/03/2015

    The frustrating person here is the 9. You could argue that he is controlling matters and orchestrating his forwards, but the reality is that he doesn't recognise the difference between static, slow and half decent go forward possession and defaults to the same option every breakdown. The service is so slow and there is no attempt to suck in defenders, because he just passes back in the direction he's just come from at the previous breakdown. Easy pickings for the defence

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  • finedisregard
    7:13 PM 10/03/2015

    Interesting and unusual for sure! It seemed the attacking team was focusing on not messing up.

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  • canuckrugger39
    4:51 PM 10/03/2015

    @stroudos I might be wrong but I think he meant he felt sorry for the guy having to do exactly what you described.

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  • stroudos
    2:44 PM 10/03/2015

    In real time it looked held up, which is all the ref and touchie have to work with. As unofficial TMO, I say he did indeed dot the ball down briefly before the holding-up.

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  • stroudos
    7:04 AM 10/03/2015

    @Xenophile - let's hear you call a 66-phase series of pods and maintain this guy's level of exuberance.

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  • stroudos
    7:02 AM 10/03/2015

    Outstanding defensive effort that. A must-watch for those kiwi fans who still can't comprehend how France managed to not concede penalties despite massive onslaught in 2007. Depressing attacking play though. To be fair a lot of blokes must have been breathing out of their arses but surely if one or two of those forwards had tried to build up a head of steam instead of receiving the ball statically, we may have seen more penetration and some gaps open up. Red card was a factor too, as for all these phases of play they just couldn't create an overlap- partly because of the numerical advantage but also thanks to Hawick's disciplined approach to numbers in rucks.

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  • 2:23 AM 10/03/2015

    Compelling yet boring at the same time. Kinda sad to see that rugby has become so dour even at the lower levels. Know the conditions played a part but this illustrates that rugby really has become a war of attrition.

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  • 2:22 AM 10/03/2015

    Poor comment

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  • xenophile
    12:19 AM 10/03/2015

    Poor commentator.

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  • drg
    2:49 PM 09/03/2015

    To be fair, that 'spear' 'tip' etc or whatever you want to call it was never going to end well in the eyes of the referee...

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