ARFC v BIGGAR
Posted on January 09, 2017
National League 2 Jack Nixon
Biggar 24 Aberdeenshire 29
Aberdeenshire kept its promotion hopes alive in National League 2 after what director of rugby Alex Duncan hailed as a character win in the Borders against Biggar.
''We trailed 17 - 3 after only 20 minutes, but battled back with an encouraging display of resilience, and even at the end held off a determined fightback. It was a great, collective team effort, though once again No 8 Greig Ryan proved to be a first class leader. His tackle to save the game in the last minute was typical of him,but there were other heroes, including our front five who stuck to the task. Our units worked well, not least in our back row where we probably won the game,'' said Duncan.
Matters had looked ominous after Biggar had raced into a 14 lead in almost as many minutes, stemmed only by a lone penalty from Shire stand off Carne Green to trail 17 - 3, facing a drubbing, and the prospect of losing ground on the leaders in the division.
Greig steadied his charges, nursing them through to the break with conceding another point before easing themselves into the game with four second tries of their own, attributed to wingers Mike MacLugash and Michael McKeand, centre Paul Paxton, and Green who also added three conversions to his considerable points tally.
In reply the home side managed a converted try, but had some near things as they desperately sought to reduce the five point deficit, but thanks to the inspirational Ryan were unable to get the better of the Woodside defence.
The try bonus win keeps the Aberdeen side in fifth place with eight games to play, including key matches against Kelso, Cartha Queens Park, Peebles and GHK, the latter who are first up at Woodside on Saturday.