G-HA have last laugh

After a five-year-break between league meetings, GHA regained southside derby bragging rights against Cartha with a 39-13 win.

The Braidholm crowd left Saturday’s game delighted, despite dreadful conditions, after GHA made light work of their local rivals.

Former Scotland international Andy Henderson displayed his class and was a constant thorn in the side of Cartha’s backs.

GHA’s head coach Gordon Macpherson told ExtraSport: “We have struggled to break teams this season but Cartha found Andy very difficult to handle and that helped us.

“It was one of his better games this season. Instead of trying to do too much, he did his job and did it brilliantly. He is a great calming influence for the team.

“It was an important result for us but we cannot afford to slip up next week, we have to build on this ”.

Within minutes, the former Glasgow Warriors’ centre had already opened his account, fending visiting tacklers with ease as he touched down underneath the posts.

A Murray Houston conversion was followed by two Andy Black penalties to make the score 7-6.

Henderson orchestrated the next try as his looping missed pass found Chris Binnie, who drew two tacklers before putting through young winger Gordon Adams in the corner for the try.

Scrum-half Murray Houston missed the difficult conversion but made no mistake when given a chance to redeem himself with a penalty soon after, to extend GHA’s lead.

GHA were cursing the touch judge moments later when a dubious decision led to Gordon Adams’ second try of the day being called for a foot in touch.

Spurred on by the ref ruling in their favour, Cartha fought back when former GHA star Andy Scott evaded tacklers to score in front of the posts.

Speedster Rangi Jericevich added to his growing tally for the season when Dominic Dunn made a lively break before releasing the winger who outpaced the covering defenders.

Despite a quiet day thus far from Hefin O’Hare, the former Glasgow Warrior made his presence felt with a stunning break and then an unselfish offload to Jamie Pinder, who touched down.

The scoring was rounded off by another Henderson try, as well as a penalty and conversion from new recruit, Tane Jericevich, a former Scotland age grade international who is the brother of exceptional winger Rangi and former GHA scrum-half Peter.

Coach Macpherson added: “He is a quality player who can play anywhere in the backs. He will really help to develop a lot of the young talent in the side”.

This Saturday Cartha visit Lasswade and GHA host bottom placed side Perthshire.