Match Reports

Melrose vs Heriots 19.1.18

19 Jan 2019

Against a gloomy backdrop, second took on fourth as Heriots came to the Greenyards. The visitors immediately set off at pace and were in control of the first quarter of the game as Melrose struggled to keep up. Heriots opened the scoring after nine minutes, when Robert Kay finished off a fine series of passing down the left wing to touch down in the Church Corner, Ross Jones adding the conversion. Four minutes later, the Goldenacre men had doubled their lead, Craig Robertson and Callum Marshall splitting the hosts down the middle for scrum half Alex Ball to finish off under the posts. It wasn’t looking great for Melrose at this point, but regrouping through the forwards, towards the half hour mark, the Heriots line was under siege. Twice within two minutes the ball was adjudged held up over the line after a series of pick and drives, until after the concession of a penalty lineout, the ball was shipped out to the Policeman’s Corner for Ruaridh Knott to force his way over. Struan Hutchison skilfully added the extras to conclude the scoring for the first half.

Half Time: Melrose 7-Heriots 14

The second half swung both ways to begin with, Melrose rueing a lost opportunity to even the scores having camped out on the opposition line, until the ball was lost, hacked downfield, and Heriots in turn were held up. They made no mistake from the subsequent scrum, shipping the ball out to the right for Charles Simpson to touch down, the conversion missing the target. Heriots brought up their four try bonus point five minutes later, with Craig Robertson touching down in similar fashion to the previous score, Jones making good the extras. At 7-26 down, and ten minutes left, the contest was effectively over, but Melrose nonetheless were spurred into action. On 75 minutes, Ruaridh Knott took matters into his own hands, simply bulldozing his way through a pair of defenders for his second try of the day, Craig Jackson hurriedly converting. As the clock went red, there was a frantic ending to the game as ‘rose sought to at least salvage a losing bonus point. Helped by a yellow card to Struan Cessford after repeated infringements and unopposed scrums thereafter, Murdo McAndrew broke loose from the scrum under the posts and dotted down, with Craig Jackson converting. Losing bonus point at least achieved, it may well prove to have a say in the final standings of the top four come the regular season’s end.

Full Time: Melrose 21-Heriots 26

Melrose: Fraser Thomson, Gavin Wood, Patrick Anderson, Craig Jackson, Ian Sim, Struan Hutchison, Murdo McAndrew; Grant Shiells, Richard Ferguson, Conor Young, Angus Runciman, Ruaridh Knott, Neil Irvine-Hess, Grant Runciman ©, Iain Moody. Subs: Callum Crookshanks, Finlay Scott, Andrew Jardine, Michael Mvalese-Julyan, David Colvine

Heriots: Charles Simpson, Rory McMichael, Ross Jones, Robert Kay, Craig Robertson, Stuart Edwards, Alex Ball; Martin Bouab, Michael Liness, Struan Cessford, Ruaridh Lieshman, Callum Marshall, Iain Wilson, Jack McLean, Struan Dewar. Subs: Ali Johnston, Josh Scott, Neil Sinclair, Jason Hill, Scott King

Referee: Ben Blain


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