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Storm vs Watsonians

21 Jan 2017

Melrose Storm 36 – Watsonians 2XV’s 14 

After last week’s draw at Hamilton, the Storm followed up their previous run of successes with an excellent win against a good Watsonians side, on a bright but cold day at Battery Park. 

Storm got off to the best of starts with a try after only 5 minutes when Chris Rogerson dived over in the corner after some good early pressure from the home side. The tough conversion kick by David Colvine from the side-line slipped narrowly past the post. 

After 10 minutes the visitors struck back when an excellent weaving run from the Watsonians No10 eluded the home defence, resulting in a try at the posts which was converted to make the score 5 – 7. 

A let off for the Storm on the 19th minute when an attempted Watsonians penalty kick came back off the posts and only a minute later Storm were awarded a penalty as they broke up the park but their 20m attempt was also missed. 

The match was being played at a fast pace and Storm were awarded another penalty after some great work from the forwards this time DC made no mistake to make the score 8 -7. 

Straight from the restart Storm gathered the ball and following a number of good phases of possession, Storm had advanced into the Watsonians half when Patrick Anderson broke through on the 10m line and sprinted towards the posts and drew the defender before releasing his pass to Ruari Campbell who had done well to be on his shoulder to take the supporting pass and touch down in dramatic style. DC’s conversion made it 15 – 7. 

Storm continued to press and again after some excellent phases from the forwards the ball was played out to the back line and some swift passing released Ruairi Campbell to run in for his 2nd try of the match, again DC converted to make the score 22 – 7. 

Storm continued to press as HT approached but unfortunately on the 35th minute we give the ball away just inside our half and Watsonians gladly accepted the opportunity and ran in unchallenged for a converted try to make it 22 – 14. 

 

HT Score 22 – 14 

 

Watsonians came out for the second half fired up and had the Storm pegged back deep in their own half until on the 55th minute the Storm forwards once again made good phased progression into the oppositions half. The ball was played back on the right hand side and passed through 7 pairs of hands, right across the pitch and finally a clever reverse inside pass from DC to Thomas Klein released the standoff to run in from 15 metres to score a great team try. DC converted to make the score 29 – 14. 

Close to the end DC seals the victory after breaking a few tackles and runs in for another try that he duly converted. 

FT Score 36 – 14

Team: 1. C.Crookshanks, 2. B.McLean, 3. D.Elkington, 4. A.Welsh, 5. R.McConnell, 6. C. Wilde (c), 7. A. O'Reilly, 8. R. Campbell, 9. B. Colvine, 10. T. Klein, 11. C. Rogerson, 12. E. Hardie, 13. P. Anderson, 14. J. Brown, 15. D. Colvine                                                                      Subs: 16. M. Wilkie, 17. G. Pyle, 20. R. Sharp, 21. A. Boles 

 

An excellent game – played in a very good competitive spirit with some very good rugby from both sides. So credit to both teams and the referee who allowed the game to flow throughout the match. 

Great to see Club Captain BC coming back from injury and once again our youngsters giving us hope for a bright future. 

The Storm have no match next week but return in a fortnights time to play 2nd placed Heriots 2XV in what will be their last League game of the season, determined to maintain their unbeaten record and build on their unassailable lead position in the league.

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