Rugby

Currie Chieftains 57 Aberdeen Grammar 3

Aberdeen Grammar found playing second-place Currie without a number of key players was just too much, resulting in a sobering 57-3 defeat in Edinburgh for the Rubislaw men who will now need to regroup for the visit of Hawick on Saturday.

Grammar coach Ali O’Connor refused to be overly downbeat, despite the scale of the defeat.

He said: “It’s disappointing to get a big score against, but there were a number of positives that we need to focus on and highlight, especially the seven lads who came into the team.

“It was a big day for them and one they won’t forget against a very good Currie team, but when it comes to the reverse fixture later in the season they’ll see something different.”

Currie dominated from the off, scoring a converted try within a minute of the game start when winger Archie MacLean darted over.

In their first foray into the home 22, Grammar were awarded a penalty which was slotted by Sam Knudson, the visiting captain and stand-off.

Thereafter it was all Currie who ran the show with the confidence of a team who believe they can overhaul leaders Marr by the end of the season, expertly led by their own number 10 Gregor Hunter.

Three more tries cam in the first half, attributed to Fergus Scott (2) and Charlie Brett, all of which were converted by the excellent Hunter.

Grammar’s cause was not helped by the services of their highly combative No. 8 Robin Cessford, who took a knock, forcing him to leave the field of play.

At 28-3 down and minus Cessford, the Aberdeen side had much to contemplate at half-time.

Heavy rain announced the start of the second half, leading to a deluge of home tries, five in total, two of which came in the first two minutes of the half, falling to Graeme Carson and Steve Hamilton who went on to grab a double.

Matt Poole also found his way over the Grammar line. Hunter added the conversions.

To their credit, Grammar kept putting in the big hits but were relieved to hear the final whistle of George Ormiston.

The result leaves Grammar sitting third in the Premiership but seven points adrift of second-placed Currie and eight behind leaders Marr.

© Jack Nixon

Currie: Charlie Brett; Steve Hamilton. Adam Hall. Robbie Nelson, Archie MacLean; Gregor Hunter, Gregor Christie; Graeme Carson, Fergus Scott, Jose Sonzogni Argiro; Matthew Poole, Hamish Ferguson; Roy Vucago, Josh O’Brien, Wallace Nelson.

Replacements: Sam Edwards, Jacob Ramsey, Cairn Ramsey, Cameron Meager, Fraser Sayers.

Aberdeen Grammar: Thomas Clark; Nathan Brown, Doug Russell, Gregor Nicholl, Luke Murphy; Sam Knudson, Jamie troup; Calum Reddish, Andrew Cook, Matthias Schosser; Nat Coe, Aaron Robertson; Ben Inglis, Will Alton, Rogin Cessford.

Replacements: Yasseen Ahmanache, Thomas Ryan, Valentine Ojogwu, Dom Wallen, Patrick Ritchie.