BT Premiership Round 11 Boroughmuir vs Melrose
02 Dec 2017
With an altered back three, Ross McCann & Sam Pecqueur being in Dubai with Scotland Sevens and Fraser Thomson not yet fully recovered from injury, Patrick Anderson & Gavin Wood started on the wings and it was great to see a fully recovered Austin Lockington wearing the number 15 jersey. The floodlights were on from the start, despite the initial bright sunshine, the pitch was firm, but the breeze was cold. Craig Jackson opened the scoring at 2 minutes with a penalty and, four minutes later, Bruce Colvine nipped over for an unconverted try following a penalty lineout rolling maul. At 15 minutes Melrose attacked from deep with Iain Moody being thwarted in the right corner, the ball then being passed rapidly left to Wood to score a try in the left corner. Jackson converted well from the touchline. Neat handling up the left side, three minutes later, was followed by a cross-kick right by Jason Baggott to George Taylor who scored an unconverted try in the right corner. On the half hour Tom Gracie & Archie Erskine attempted a double tackle, missing their target, but clashing heads with each other and Gracie having to retire from the action. Almost immediately Neil Irvine-Hess was injured and replaced by Rory Darge making his first BT Premiership appearance. With three minutes to the interval Boroughmuir eventually breached an excellent Melrose defence when Calum Atkinson crashed over for a try converted by Ciaran Whyte
Half time: Boroughmuir 7 Melrose 20
Jackson opened the second half scoring with a penalty at 50 minutes and, five minutes later, Anderson scored the unconverted bonus point try in the right corner. At this point the scrums became uncontested because of Boroughmuir front row injuries nullifying one of Melrose's potent weapons in a dominant scrum. At 58 & 60 minutes Craig Keddie and Jordan Edmunds scored tries with Whyte converting the first. From the second kick off the Boroughmuir defence fumbled the ball allowing Jackson to pounce and score and convert a try at the posts. At 65 minutes Melrose won a penalty lineout and from the rolling maul Baggott drifted through the Boroughmuir defence to score a try at the posts, Jackson converting. With 73 minutes played Boroughmuir spread the ball wide to the left with Euan McKirdy scoring the Boroughmuir bonus point try which Whyte converted. Four minutes later Mark Hare broke through the centre to score and convert a try at the posts. With no-side approaching Erskine was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle and the game ended with Wood putting his left foot on the touchline inches short of scoring his second try.
Full Time: Boroughmuir 33 Melrose 42
Boroughmuir: Ciaran Whyte, Grant McConnell, Ronan Kerr, Greg Cannie, Jordan Edmunds, Chris Laidlaw, Johnny Adams, Dale Robertson, Adam Nethery, Thomas Gracie, Fin Field, Calum Atkinson, Archie Erskine, Tom Drennan, Craig Keddie. Replacements: Matt Walker, Paul Richards, Aubrey Mncube, Euan McKirdy, Mark Hare.
Melrose: Austin Lockington, Patrick Anderson, George Taylor, Craig Jackson, Gavin Wood, Jason Baggott, Bruce Colvine, Grant Shiells, Russell Anderson, Nick Beavon, Ruaridh Knott, Angus Runciman, Neil Irvine-Hess, Grant Runciman, Iain Moody. Replacements: Richard Ferguson, Ruairi McLeod, Ruairi Campbell, Rory Darge, Struan Hutchison.
Referee: Lloyd Linton.
Assistants: Colin George & Steven Turnbull.
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