Ayr Rugby Football Club

Head Coach Peter Murchie hailed the effort of his men following their 36-10 victory over Glasgow Hawks on Saturday. The win sealed league top-spot with a game still to play and means come play-off time Ayr will have home advantage.


A hat-trick of tries from Paddy Dewhirst was accompanied by scores from Paddy Kelly, David Corbenici and Amir Rademaker. Frazier Climo added the trimmings from the kicking tee. 


Although treating the Millbrae faithful with a flurry of scores it was their work on the back-foot that Murchie found most satisfying: “Defensively we were strong. We won a lot of turnovers and managed to score off a lot of turnover attack. 


“Hawks have been playing some pretty good stuff recently and been scoring a lot of tries against good teams so it is a really pleasing performance.”


With the international window now taking precedence Ayr will have a few weeks off to recover before the season’s home straight: “We have a break now and time to refocus ahead of our big cup game against Currie on the sixteenth of February and then we will go to Watsonians like we do every single game and try win. That is the best way to prepare us for the rest of the season.


“Watsonians is a little bit down the line but it is just a matter of building on the good things we are doing and continuing to develop on our game.


With home advantage now confirmed for the semi-final - and potentially final - Murchie expressed how much of a boost it will be for the boys playing in front of a rampant Millbrae: “To have got first spot in the league is a great achievement for the guys and it puts us in the best possible position. 


“When the time comes we have given ourselves the advantage of playing in front of a vocal home support. It is great to get a home semi-final in what I’m sure will be a big game whoever we get”.