ALLAN Glen’s RFC took part in a fantastic afternoon of rugby at Ashfield in Springburn recently.
Andy Meharry, a long-term player at the club, has been assisting with ‘School of Hard Knocks’ – a Sky TV-backed initiative to get youths from inner cities involved in rugby.
Famous rugby players Scott Quinell and Will Greenwood and their team of coaches spent eight weeks training volunteers from North Glasgow in the style of the School of Hard Knocks.
The event saw rugby played in the unusual surroundings of the home of speedway. The programme making will be screened in the autumn.
The efforts of the Hard Knocks team was a fantastic feat in such a short time and the squad equipped themselves very well in a competitive game against Glens veterans, with the occasional hint of youth. Particular mention to former Scotland cap Alex Moore who got the opportunity to play alongside his son Calum.
Glens have already hosted some of the Hard Knocks guys at Bishopbriggs and are looking forward to welcoming them to the playing squad.
Allan Glen’s RFC.............. 12
East Kilbride................. 37
With both sides under strength things looked reasonably bright for Glens when at half-time they led 7-6 thanks to a try by veteran Donald Ross, converted by Scott Thomson against two penalties by East Kilbride’s centre Calum Aitkin.
However, immediately after the break the visitors found weaknesses in the home defence.
Chris O’Neill hacked on a ball and beat the Glens defence to the touch down. Aitkin failed to convert, but added a penalty a few minutes later.
Twenty minutes into the second half a superb move by the home backs resulted in young Ciaran Reilly scoring on the wing for his first ever 1st XV try – making a scoreline of 12-11.
At this point the Glens defence seemed to fall to pieces and the visitors added further tries by Fraser Little, Grant Seymour, Mark Ellison and Alex Irvine – of which Irvine converted three.
This result puts Glens in the relegation zone once again, with two difficult away games yet to play.
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