BT Premiership Round 8 Heriots v Melrose
21 Oct 2017
With no evidence of the promised "Storm Brian" this BT Premiership match was played in fine conditions with a breeze blowing the length of a slippery, but otherwise firm pitch. Four minutes into the match, having already had three kicks charged down, Melrose were caught off-side and were punished by a Ross Jones penalty which opened the scoring. At 14 minutes a penalty on half way, taken quickly, allowed Melrose to race up the stand side and pass the ball right letting Jason Baggott cross to the right of the posts for an unconverted try. Four minutes later Fraser Thomson broke up the far side off-loading to Ross McCann. The winger was caught just short of the line, but, from the resulting ruck, Ruaridh Knott crashed over for a try converted by Craig Jackson. With 23 minutes on the clock Heriots had a penalty lineout 5m out, Neil Irvine-Hess stole the ball and after his rampaging up the far side the ball was passed left through Nyle Godsmark's hands to Sam Pecqueur who scored an unconverted try hard in the left corner. Having already missed two kicks at goal Jackson made amends by kicking a penalty at 27 minutes.
Half time: Heriots 3 Melrose 20
Three minutes into the second half Jackson kicked his second penalty, but was wide with another attempt three minutes later. The Melrose bonus point try came ten minutes into the half when Melrose won a scrum on the left side Thomson breaking up the far side for a try in the left corner. On 53 minutes Aaron Welsh was sin-binned and within a minute Heriots won a penalty lineout on the right passing the ball to Craig Robertson who scored a try, converted by Jones, in the left corner. Stung into retribution Ally Miller received the ball on the Melrose 22 and bullocked the length of the pitch to score a try in the right corner. Jackson's attempted conversion hit the upright and stayed out. At 65 minutes Heriots won a penalty lineout on the left and after a series of picks and drives Jack Turley crashed over for a try near the posts, Jones converting. Eight minutes later Turley repeated the medicine with a similar score, but this time Jones failed to convert. With three minutes until no-side Melrose were awarded a penalty try as a rolling maul had been collapsed on its way to the line, and from the kick off Baggott raced down the far side off-loading to Thomson who scored a try at the posts leaving Jackson a straight-forward conversion. But Heriots were not yet finished! With the final whistle awaited the Melrose defence dozed off and Turley crashed through for his hat-trick, and Heriots bonus point, try. Jonesconversion ended the match. With to-day's result the"Bill McLaren Shield" has returned to The Greenyards.
Heriots 29 Melrose 47
Heriots: Donald Crawford, John Rae, Ross Jones, Robbie Mulvena, Craig Robertson, Rory Carmichael, Tom Wilson, Martin Bouab, Michael Liness, Struan Cessford, Jack Turley, Callum Marshall, Michael Maltman, Jack McClean, Martin Hughes. Replacements: Ali Johnstone, Stewart Mustard, Adam Sinclair, Alex Ball, Robert Kay.
Melrose: Fraser Thomson, Ross McCann, Nyle Godsmark, Craig Jackson, Sam Pecqueur, Jason Baggott, Bruce Colvine, Grant Shiells, Russell Anderson, Nick Beavon, Aaron Welsh, Angus Runciman, Neil IUrvine-Hess, Ruaridh Knott, Ally Miller. Replacements: Richard Ferguson, Ruairi McLeod, Ally Grieve, Murdo McAndrew, Gavin Wood.
Referee: Graeme Wells. Assistants: Jonny Perriam & David Jack.
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