Match Reports

Melrose vs Edinburgh Accies Tennent's Premiership Round 4

22 Sep 2018

Newly promoted Edinburgh Accies came calling for the fourth round of this year's Tennant's Premiership on a bright, but cool, afternoon on a dry pitch. After three minutes play Melrose put in a rolling maul from a penalty lineout in the Town Corner. The ball passed cross-field to the Policeman's Corner and from the resulting ruck Bruce Colvine broke left to the right of the posts for the opening try converted by Craig Jackson. Three minutes later, from a rolling maul after a penalty lineout, Russell Anderson crossed on the Policeman's Corner for an unconverted try, the conversion kick rebounding back off the near upright. At 24 minutes Anderson repeated his previous effort, this time Jackson's conversion was successful. The Melrose bonus point try came four minutes later when a Melrose player fly-hacked the ball through from halfway. As it was being retrieved Rory Darge forced a turnover with the ball eventually reaching Iain Moody who crashed over to the right of the posts. Jackson added the extras.

Half time - Melrose 26 Edinburgh Accies 0

Seven minutes into the second half Struan Hutchison broke a couple of tackles before racing from the Accies 10m line to score a try between the posts with Jackson converting. For the next quarter of the match Accies had most of the possession, but we're unable to breach the magnificent Melrose defence, then, at 71 minutes Melrose won another penalty lineout, this time in St. Mary's Corner, with Gavin Wood getting his hands on the ball and scoring an unconverted try. From an Accies attack, at 77 minutes,Will Stephen chipped ahead on the Melrose 22. Robbie Davis, following up, collected the bouncing ball and dived into the Town Corner for a try, but Stephen's attempted conversion, from the touchline, fell short of the posts. The Melrose "Man of the match" was awarded to Patrick Anderson.

Melrose 38 Edinburgh Accies 5

Melrose - Fraser Thomson, Gavin Wood, Patrick Anderson, Craig Jackson, Iain Sim, Struan Hutchison, Bruce Colvine, Grant Shiells, Russell Anderson, Conor Young, James Head, Angus Runciman, Ruaridh Knott, Rory Darge, Iain Moody, Replacements - Finlay Scott, Ruairi McLeod, Callum Wilde, Murdo McAndrew, David Colvine.

Edinburgh Accies - Robbie Chalmers, Cameron Gray, George Spencer, Neil Armstrong, Callum Ramm, Will Stephen, Robbie Davis, James Pearce, Callum Black, Clement Lacour, Angus Inwood, Michael Badenhorst, Jamie Sole, Nick Hall, Ruaridh Campbell. Replacements - Cameron Taylor, Robert Lovett, Alistair Wood, Mark Sinclair, Jamie Loomes. Referee - David Sutherland. Assistants - David Changleng & Willie Anderson.


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