Gor­do­nians on a high af­ter nine-try rout

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - THESCORE -

Gor­do­nians will travel to Dum­fries and Gal­loway on Satur­day with their un­beaten record in­tact for their big­gest chal­lenge of the sea­son when they meet sec­ond-placed New­ton Ste­wart, although on cur­rent form the Countess­wells side need fear no side.

Head coach Ryan Mor­rice was de­lighted with his side’s sec­ond run out in 2019, declar­ing his side ready for the game af­ter run­ning Hill­head Jor­dan­hill off their feet in the 62-5 win which in­cluded nine tries, two of which were scored by man of the match full back Graeme Craw­ford who also kicked seven con­ver­sions and one penalty.

Mor­rice said: “They tested us early on but, as is the way of the guys, they sorted things out as they went along and were very con­vinc­ing win­ners, although I was un­happy to con­cede a lone try in the sec­ond half.

“We were a bit ring rusty last week against Mur­ray­field Wan­der­ers but this was a much bet­ter per­for­mance.”

Gor­do­nians took time to set­tle but once for­wards Chris Simp­son and An­drew McInnes had touched down for first-half tries, both of which were con­verted by the ex­cel­lent Craw­ford, the re­sult was never in doubt.

Craw­ford added a try of his own, while slot­ting the ex­tras and a penalty, giv­ing the home­sters an unas­sail­able 24-0 lead at half time.

The rout con­tin­ued in the sec­ond half with the hosts adding a fur­ther six tries, at­trib­uted to Gre­gor Brown, Matt Hil­lier, Ewan Dun­nett, Danny Usugo (2)and an­other for the ir­re­press­ible Craw­ford who also added a fur­ther four con­ver­sions with his trusty left foot.

Hill­head Jor­dan­hill had the con­so­la­tion of a late try to take home but the day be­longed to Gor­do­nians.

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