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BT Charity Shield Ayr v Melrose

26 Aug 2017

The 2017 BT Charity Shield match, the proceeds of which were donated to MND Scotland, was played between BT Premiership winners Ayr and BT Cup winners Melrose on a beautiful warm sunny afternoon on a good Millbrae pitch. Four minutes into the match Melrose won a penalty lineout in the right corner and, with play flowing across the pitch, Richard Ferguson dived into the left corner for an unconverted try. Five minutes later it was the turn of Ayr to win a penalty lineout out on the right and, after a series of picks and drives Adam Prentice dived in for a try to the right of the posts with Frazier Climo adding the conversion. On 13 & 15 minutes Ben Chalmers and Climo traded penalties to keep the scoreboard ticking over. At the start of the second quarter, from a penalty lineout on the right Melrose put in a rolling maul for all of 20m, with Nick Beavon being credited with the unconverted try. Seven minutes later, with Melrose pressing, Climo was awarded a yellow card for a deliberate knock on and Melrose were awarded a penalty try. On the half hour, on the Melrose 22 Melrose turned Ayr over and Murdo McAndrews kick ahead was not collected by the Ayr defence. Ross McCann, following up, put boot to ball then outstripped the Ayr defence before eventually getting hands on the ball and crossing between the posts for a try converted by Chalmers. Four minutes later Melrose put in a fine passing move across the pitch from right to left with Fraser Thomson crossing for an unconverted try in the left corner. With two minutes of the half remaining Ferguson was sin-binned for not releasing close to the Melrose line. Ayr opted for the scrum 5, which they won, allowing Robert McAlpine to bullock his way over for a try converted by Climo.

Half time: Ayr 17 Melrose 32.

Melrose changed the half backs at half time with Bruce Colvine and Jason Baggott replacing Murdo McAndrew and Ben Chalmers. Fifteen minutes into the half Ayr won a penalty lineout on the right and after picking and driving Blair Macpherson dived over for a try converted by Climo. At 66 minutes Baggott banged a penalty kick which hit a post and stayed out. Five minutes later, from the right corner, his cross kick to the left wing was pin-point accurate with Iain Moody snaffling the ball from the Ayr defender and off-loading to Sam Pecqueur who scored a try in the left corner. Almost from the kick off Ayr won a lineout on the Melrose 22 and after a series of picks and drives Macpherson claimed his second try and Climo his fourth conversion. From the next kick off Ayr kicked out of defence with the ball being guddled, but not knocked on, by Thomson. He fooled the Ayr attack and took off up the stand side the ball passing through the hands of Pecqueur and Neil Irvine-Hess before reaching McCann who raced over to the right of the posts. This superb try was converted by Baggott. The action ended a minute after Ruaridh Knott was sin-binned for a high tackle.

Ayr 31 Melrose 44

BT Man of the Match: Neil Irvine-Hess

Ayr: Grant Anderson, Jamie Bova, Danny McCluskey, Scott Lyle, Craig Gossman, Frazier Climo, David Armstrong, Robbie Smith, Lewis Anderson, Adam Prentice, Robert McAlpine, Scott Sutherland, Blair Macpherson, Tommy Spinks, Peter McCallum. Replacements: David Young, George Hunter, Jonathan Agnew, Goerge Stokes, Harry Warr, Paddy Dewhurst, Sam Graham.

Melrose: Fraser Thomson, Ross McCann, Nyle Godsmark, Gavin Wood, Sam Pecqueur, Ben Chalmers, Murdo McAndrew, Grant Shiells, Richard Ferguson, Nick Beavon, Angus Runciman, Ruaridh Knott, Neil Irvine-Hess, Grant Runciman, Iain Moody. Replacements: Conall Howard, Ruairi McLeod, Ruairi Campbell, Ally Grieve, Bruce Colvine, Jason Baggott, Patrick Anderson.

Referee: Sam Grove-White. Assistants: Alistair Watt & Mike Adamson.

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