Flying the nest

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GHA took another step towards promotion as they defeated Greenock Wanderers 34-13 at a muddy Fort Matilda.

Six tries from Rangi Jericevich (3), Ryan Jenkins, James Malcolm and Hefin O’Hare helped GHA to another bonus point victory.

The win leaves them ten points clear of Falkirk at the top of the Championship A table with three games remaining after GHA picked up 17 bonus points — over double the amount of second-placed Falkirk.

Head coach Gordon MacPherson said: “The top three or four teams are looking to win first but then pick up a bonus point if you can.

“We are doing as much as we can. All we can do is win our games and see what transpires.”

GHA now have a week off before they travel to second placed Falkirk on February 16 for a top of the table clash.

Meanwhile, former GHA forwards Jon Welsh and James Eddie helped Scotland to a big victory over England Saxons — despite rain and snow — to earn their first ever win in England.

Fellow former GHA alumni, prop Euan Murray, was less fortunate while he propped for Scotland against the Auld Enemy, being part of a side which lost 38-13 in Scotland’s opening Six Nations match.

Jon Welsh will now join Euan Murray in Scotland’s full squad for Saturday’s clash versus Italy.

Prop D’Arcy Rae — who is joint registered with Whitecraigs as well as playing at Ayr — played for Scotland under 20 in a closely fought match in Plymouth.

On Saturday, Cartha fell to Ayr, led by former Cartha coach Kenny Murray and losing by 36 points to 7 at Millbrae.

Former GHA flanker Calum Forrester will now captain the side when they take on Glasgow Hawks at Old Anniesland on Saturday at 12pm in the west regional cup final.

Tomorrow, the southside is set for a spectacle of Friday night lights when Cartha host Dalziel at Dumbreck at 7.30pm in a clash rescheduled from November 3, when the pitch was unplayable.

Whitecraigs have a week off untill next Saturday’s derby clash against Cartha at West Lodge.