Tries: Noutch 2, Quinn, Paterson, Hogg, Woods, Murray Goals: Hogg 4
Tries: Emmison 2, Capper, Burnett 2, Genocchio, Davies Goals: Paxton 3
A physical, hard-fought yet well-disciplined encounter saw the Edinburgh Eagles inflict the first league defeat on the Warriors since 2012.The opening exchanges saw the Warriors putting the Eagles under pressure with powerful runs in attack and strong tackling in defence. The Eagles dug in but pressure eventually told as Aberdeen were 20-0 up on the half hour.
The home side didn’t give up and were rewarded in the final play of the first half with a try for Patrick Noutch in the corner after some slick passing following a tap penalty. Matt Hogg kicked the touchline conversion to give half time score of 20-6 in the Warriors favour.
Edinburgh coach Barry McGuffog’s team talk at the break must’ve struck a chord with the players as the game became the clichéd “game of two halves”. First Jonny Quinn crossed the try line on debut, converted by Hogg, closely followed by another score from Alex Paterson. At 20-16 it was game on.
The Warriors were next to score giving them a ten point advantage but this was short lived as Hogg scored a try which he converted himself. This was the start of a purple patch for Edinburgh as in quick succession, Noutch added his second try of the afternoon, captain Clayton Woods crashed over and the hard-working loose forward Tom Murray scored from close-range, Hogg adding one conversion. The score was now 36-26 to the Eagles with less than ten minutes to go.
Aberdeen never gave up though and scored two further tries to set up a nail-biting final two minutes but resolute goal line defence and simple basic rugby bringing the ball away from their own try line saw the Eagles hold out for the victory.
Referee: Luke Fenton