Match Reports

Boroughmuir vs Melrose

02 Mar 2019

This final Tennent’s Premiership match was played on a cold afternoon with intermittent showers. Melrose kicked off with the stiff breeze at their backs and the breeze caught the ball sending it over the dead-ball line to give Boroughmuir a scrum on halfway. Craig Gossman limped off after five minutes and, a minute later, Boroughmuir woes were deepened when Dan Winning was shown a yellow card for hands in the ruck just short of the try line. Melrose took a scrum instead of a kick at goal then repeated the exercise immediately after, but promptly lost the second scrum and the opportunity to score. Stalemate continued when Craig Jackson was wide with a penalty at 25 minutes and the first score came at 34 minutes when Angus Runciman converted a rolling maul from a penalty lineout in the right corner with an unconverted try. Just on the interval Boroughmuir took a scrum 5 instead of a kick at goal with Tom Wilson slithering round the edge of the scrum to score a try converted by Gavin Parker.

Half time – Boroughmuir 7 Melrose 5

The second half started, as the first, with the wind assisted ball being kicked dead and a re-start scrum on halfway. With seven minutes played Jackson spotted a gap through which he broke before passing to Patrick Anderson who scored between the posts having run in, against the wind, from half-way. Jackson added the extras. Then the sun appeared! There followed a plethora of replacements and the conditions dictating the manner of play and a Callum Crookshank yellow card for dropping a maul close to the try line. Towards the end Melrose defence was outstanding, but with the clock red Boroughmuir finally managed to breach the defence line as Johnny Matthews scored in the right corner. Parker’s impressive conversion from far out was the difference between the two teams.

As a result of this match Melrose remain in fourth place in the league table being rewarded with a trip to Ayr on 23rd March for the “play-off” semi-final.

Boroughmuir 14 Melrose 12

Boroughmuir – Craig Gossman, Gavin Parker, Archie Russell, Greg Cannie, Jordan Edmunds, Clark Laidlaw, Tom Wilson, Ross Dunbar, Johnny Matthews, Dan Winning, Callum Atkinson, Will Inglis, Craig Keddie, Matthew Walker, Rory Drummond. Replacements – Dale Robertson, Ryan Montgomery, Aubrey Mncube, Murray Johnstone, Kerr Gossman.

Melrose – Craig Jackson, Iain Sim, Patrick Anderson, Gavin Wood, Michael Mvelase-Julyan, Struan Hutchison, Murdo McAndrew, GRANT Shiells, Russell Anderson, Conor Young, James Head, Angus Runciman, Ruaridh Knott, Grant Runciman, Iain Moody. Replacements – Ben McLean, Callum Crookshank, Mak Wilson, Harri Morris, Thomas Klein.

Referee – Keith Allan. Assistants – Alex. Obreja & Brian McGuf.


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