BT Premiership Round 14 Currie vs Melrose
13 Jan 2018
Unfortunately the fourteenth time of asking was no better than the thirteenth - neither victory nor losing bonus point. The match was played on a dull, overcast, but dry afternoon, with the floodlights being switched on at half time. The pitch was on the soft side of good! Currie came out of the traps with all guns blazing and, after two minutes, Adam Hastings slid between the Melrose defenders to the left of the posts for a try converted by Jamie Forbes. Six minutes later Melrose won a scrum close to the line on the right and spread the ball wide left to Craig Jackson who raced into the left corner for a try which he was unable to convert from the touchline. On 26 minutes Melrose won a penalty lineout in the right corner and, after a series of picks and drives, Russell Anderson drove over for a try which Jackson converted. Just short of the interval Charlie Shiels nipped over from a ruck at the posts for a try with Forbes' conversion giving Currie the half time lead.
Half time: Currie 14 Melrose 12
Three minutes into the second half Forbes made to kick a penalty, from halfway, to touch, but changed his mind and took a quick tap passing to Hastings who made a complete mess of the Melrose defence racing half the length of the pitch to the left corner for an unconverted try. Four minutes later Jackson kicked a penalty for a high tackle. With ten minutes remaining, in response to another aimless Melrose kick ahead, Currie received and ghosted up the stand side to let Richie Vernon crash over for the unconverted Currie bonus point try in the left corner. With the last play of the game Jackson took a penalty kick to retrieve a losing bonus point, but, unfortunately, the ball hit the left upright and stayed out. Hastings gathered the ball and kicked for touch to end the match.
Currie 24 Melrose 15
Currie: Adam Hastings, Cammy Gray, Ratu Tagive, Robbie Nelson, Ben Robbins, Jamie Forbes, Charlie Shiel, Kris Burney, Graeme Carson, AP McWilliam, Hamish Bain, Vince Wright, Luke Crosbie, Thomas Gordon, Richie Vernon. Replacements: Callum MacKintosh, Duncan Ferguson, Stephen Ainslie, Mike Vernal, Matt Hooks.
Melrose: Craig Jackson, Gavin Wood, Nyle Godsmark, George Taylor, Ross McCann, Jason Baggott, Bruce Colvine, Grant Shiells, Russell Anderson, Nick Beavon, Angus Runciman, Ruaridh Knott, Neil Irvine-Hess, Grant Runciman, Iain Moody. Replacements: Richard Ferguson, Ruairi McLeod, Ally Grieve, Murdo McAndrew, Austin Lockington.
Referee: Julien Castaignede (FFR). Assistants: Graeme Wells & Alastair Watt
BT Premiership Round 5 Melrose Currie - 30 Sep 2017
BT Premiership Round 4 Melrose v Glasgow Hawks - 23 Sep 2017
BT Premiership Round 3 Ayr Melrose - 16 Sep 2017
BT Premiership Round 2 Melrose Boroughmuir - 09 Sep 2017
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Kelso 7s - 29 Apr 2017
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BT Cup Final - 22 Apr 2017
Langholm 7s - 22 Apr 2017
Berwick Sevens - 16 Apr 2017
BT Premiership League Final - 15 Apr 2017
Hawick 7s - 15 Apr 2017
Melrose 7s - 08 Apr 2017
Gala 7s - 02 Apr 2017
BT Premiership Semi Final - 01 Apr 2017