Rivals hit for six

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THE southside is six for six in rugby this season — it’s now a question of which one of the trio will break first.

While some of the performances have been far from inspiring, the three hope to continue their undefeated run till the first local derby of the season, when Cartha host Whitecraigs on October 6.

GHA currently sit in second place in the league, scoring 5 tries in a 32-27 win against Dunfermline.

Rangi Jericevich scored first when a long miss pass from brother Tane (who converted the try) caught the defence unawares.

Dunfermline scored two tries and a penalty to secure a half time 15-7 lead and added another try immediately after the break.

Down 14 — and with Paul Harkins in the bin — number 8 Alan Auld started the comeback and Declan Larkin scored soon after.

When Harkins returned to the fray, the bonus point soon followed when Rangi Jericevich scored his second, to make the score 22-20.

The returning Andrew Gillman opened up the Dunfermline defence before feeding Chris Binnie, who grabbed GHA’S fifth.

GHA conceded a late try, but Tane Jericevich managed a penalty before the whistle.

Next week, GHA host West of Scotland in a Glasgow derby. This week, the Milngavie side lost 28-8 to Whitecraigs.

Craigs crossed the Clyde and earned a bonus point thanks to tries from Steve Whittet, Ross MacDonald, Greg Haswell and Dave McKelvie , as well as two penalties and a conversion from Grant McGibbon.

After the game, West winger Scott Hunter told ExtraSport: “Whitecraigs are going to be a tough side to beat. They have a big, physical pack who will wear out teams during the season”.

This result leaves Craigs on top of the table on points difference from local rivals GHA. Next week, Ardrossan visit West Lodge.

Meanwhile, Cartha ensured he top of the table was an all southside affair with a 12-9 win during their visit to Dalziel.

The Motherwell side struck first with a penalty and would have made it a quick score, had it not been for a try saving tackle from Andy Noble.

Against the run of play, Graham Williamson opened CQP’s account with a try which Andy Black converted to give the Dumbreck side a 7-3 lead. However, with ten minutes left in the half, Dalziel hit a pair of penalties to make the score 9-7/

Iain Cook gave CQP the lead when he tapped and went from a penalty. Following a missed conversion, CQP were now 12-9 ahead.

The remaining 25 minutes were a battle, with several players leaving the field with injuries and Nicol Smilie being sent to the sinbin, but neither side could add to their tally.

Next week the Dumbreck side host Dumfries (3pm KO).