Hodge scores a perfect eleven to put Watsonians in the final
Watsonians 57 Dundee High 7
Monday 29 April 1996
In yesterday's other semi-final Hawick upset the odds by defeating the favourites Melrose 28-15 at Galashiels. The final is at Murrayfield on 11 May and the Watsonians coach, Peter Gallagher, believes his side may already have a psychological edge. "We were the only team to defeat Hawick home and away in the league this season but I've been around too long to take anything for granted where Hawick are concerned," Gallagher said.
A 50-point winning margin was a bit misleading, but when you have a goal- kicker landing everything in sight the scoreboard moves along very quickly.
In fact, Hodge had a 100 per cent record with five penalties and six conversions as Watsonians pulled clear from 16-0 at half-time. In the space of 10 minutes midway through the second half Watsonians piled on 29 points but there was much gnashing of teeth when Stuart Pearson crossed at 50-0 after 70 minutes to register the first try against them in five Cup ties this season.
Moments later, the Scotland skipper Rob Wainwright retired as a precaution after straining a calf muscle.
The Hawick v Melrose encounter was a needle affair given that Melrose have recently been rattling a few spars by offering contracts to players at other clubs in the tight-knit border community. Hawick had no trouble getting themselves motivated.
The first winners of the national league 23 years ago, the fact Hawick are in with a chance of another first in the Cup was largely down to their stand-off, Scott Welsh, who kicked six penalties, a drop goal and the conversion of a try by Colin Turnbull.
Watsonians: Tries Garry, Hodge, Burnett, Hastings, Hannah, Sinclair; Conversions Hodge 6; Penalties Hodge 5. Dundee High: Try Pearson; Conversion Rouse.
Watsonians: F Henderson (capt); N Burnett, S Hastings, A Garry, J Kerr; D Hodge, J Weston; T Smith, G McKelvie, J Waddell, S Grimes, C Mather, G Hannah, R Wainwright (G McRaild, 72), I Sinclair.
Dundee High: S Pearson; D Mason, M Lamont, D Hamilton (capt), D Gray; P Rouse, G Sandford; S Lithgow, G Scott, N Robertson, S Campbell, J Petrie, G Hayter, T McWhirter, D Milne.
Referee: I Ramage (Berwick).
filmFilm producers sue Warner Bros for $75m over Hobbit films
voicesJust when you thought you could find a man, get married, and have a baby by the age of 35... it turns out you’re too late, says Grace Dent
Swedish stars ask fans for £195 pledges on crowd-funding website
musicAs Mariah Carey and Noddy Holder rake in the royalties from their classics, why there hasn't been a decent festive hit for 20 years?
theatreAuthor Daniel Rosenthal recalls the mishaps that almost brought the curtain down on the likes of John Gielgud and Diana Rigg
lifeAs the Royal Mail plans to phase out deliveries on two wheels, it's no wonder posties are in a spin
musicThe 21-year-old beat Ella Eyre and Chlöe Howl to win the honour
lifeFull of the joys and want to help your fellow man? December isn't the time to do it
Latest in Sport
World Cup 2014: Football Manager developers predict the team of the tournament - but which England player makes it into the XI?
Roy Keane omits Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs from 'greatest' Manchester United team
Man cycles down water slide in incredible stunt video
Napoli 2 Arsenal 0 match report: Nightmare in Naples leaves Arsenal to battle giants
Transfer news: Wayne Rooney sparks Manchester United exit rumours after rejecting new contract talks - reports
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Is Facebook making us forget? Study shows that taking pictures ruin memories
- 5 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
£30000 - £40000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Biomass I...
£45000 - £55000 Per Annum Extensive Benefits Package: Clearwater People Soluti...
£30000 - £42500 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: Working in conjunction with ...
£44999 - £60001 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: A Top Tier firm i...