Discipline On The Road Crucial To Victory
By Peter Martin
In a very tight, close fought contest Highland put in a controlled performance to earn a very important 3-16 away win at Haddington.
This game signalled just how tough life in BT National League Division Three would be for Highland, especially playing away. They started well, but despite some good possession they just couldn’t finish off a move. But it wasn’t just Highland mistakes, the home side were very capable defenders and the game looked as though it would be deadlocked until Scott Fraser converted a single penalty to see Highland lead 0-3 at half-time.
In the second-half Haddington struck back with a penalty of their own to tie the score at 3-3. However, Highland stuck to their task with good discipline and some fine defending of their own and slowly better opportunities came along.
First craig irvine kicked a penalty for 3-6 after coming on for Fraser who was having a head knock assessed. This was followed by a good try by Stephen Murray converted by the returned Fraser for 3-13. Highland kept control of the game and extended their lead with another Fraser penalty for the game to end 3-16.
Coach Dave Carson was very pleased to see his side pass a tricky away test as well as the performance of those players who made the step up to cover for injuries. The comfort zone no longer exists in this league, but Highland are adapting well to this new challenge and sitting second in the league after two wins.