New Yorkers in town for scrum-down with Briggs boys!

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NEW York arrived in Bishopbriggs at the weekend as Allan Glen’s RFC welcomed Syracuse University for a special match.

The New Yorkers had been in Scotland for about two weeks. They had a close game against St Andrews University and beat both Strathclyde Uni and one of the Edinburgh sides.

The game against Glens was to be their last before returning to New York on Monday. The Syracuse team contained some big lads, but were lacking somewhat in experience playing against a mixed 1st/2nd XV/U18 Glens side.

Glens scored three trys within 12 minutes – one from a push-over scrum touched down by Robert McInstry and two by Sean Kirk – scoring one on his own wing and then appearing again at centre to break through the visiting defence.

The visitors seemed to stabilise a bit, but a further flush of trys by the home side laid bare the inexperience of the visitors.

Another push-over scrum, this time touched down by Donald Ross, was followed immediately by a run from his own 22 by Jamie McKay, with Thomson adding the extra points. Then Glens scrum half John Macauley collected a loose ball and ran from the 22 to score. John Stalker then intercepted a wayward pass on the visitors’ 22 and made it to the try line with Thomson adding the extras, making a half-time score of 39–0.

Immediately after the restart veteran centre Andy Johnston broke through the Syracuse defence to score. This was followed by Stalker claiming his second try and Dickson adding the conversion.

The visitors then gained some revenge with a nice break by Rob Stabile who released his wing John Wilson to touch down.

Then came the moment of glory for Glens under-18 Daniel Hamilton, playing his first game in the seniors, to score from a well-timed pass from Craig McLay.

Syracuse got the last laugh, however, when Rob Stabile took a quick penalty, caught the home defence unawares, and touched down in the corner – finishing the day’s scoring. It ended Allan Glen’s 58 – Syracuse 10.

The game was well refereed, with a light-hearted touch, by panel referee Bill Graham, who had volunteered his services for the game.

A bit of fun in the clubhouse followed with the swapping of trophies and ties, boat races and club songs. Overall a good day out.

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