Match Reports

BT Premiership Round 10 Watsonians v Melrose

03 Nov 2017

Ten is the Magic Number

To accommodate Edinburgh Rugby the first tie of the second round of this season's BT Premiership was played on a bitterly cold and windy evening under the Myreside floodlights. Watsonians came out with all guns blazing and exerted considerable pressure with which the Melrose defence coped admirably. It took all of 14 minutes before the first score arrived courtesy of Craig Jackson's boot. Five minutes later, following good build up work by the pack, Fraser Thompson nipped onto the left corner for an unconverted try. On 26 minutes an illegal tackle by Ross Graham and retaliation by Russell Anderson saw both teams lose their hookers to the sin bin. Within a minute Iain Moody crashed over for a try converted by Jackson. On the half hour Neil Irvine-Hess made considerable ground before off-loading to Thomson who handed off Watsonians defence before diving into the corner for an unconverted try. The Melrose bonus point try came five minutes later when Sam Pecqueur finished a fine Melrose movement up the left touchline and dived into the corner for an unconverted try.

Half time - Watsonians 0 Melrose 25

Watsonians started the second half as they did the first, but it took all of 20 minutes to achieve a reward for their efforts with Nathan Borel bashing his way over for a try converted by Andrew Chalmers. Twelve minutes later Thomson finished a George Taylor break by diving into the right corner for a try converted by Jackson. The match ended with Ali Harris crossing for an unconverted try at no-side.

Watsonians 12 Melrose 32

Teams: Watsonians: A Chalmers; J Harries, R Hutton, D Innes, A Davidson; E Fox, A Harris; N Fraser, R Graham, K Whyte, J Hodgson, C Borthwick, R Drummond, J Miller, E Dods. Substitutes: J Harrison, M Fedo, N Borel, S Crombie, A W Thomson.

Melrose: F Thomson; R McCann, N Godsmark, C Jackson, S Pecquer; J Baggott, M McAndrew; G Shiells, R Anderson, N Beavon, J Head, I Moody, N Irvine-Hess, G Runciman, A Miller. Substitutes: R Ferguson, R McLeod, A Runciman, B Colvine, G Taylor

Referee: B Blain. 

Assistants: R Mabon & G Denholm


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