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Edinburgh Accies 5

Melrose 16

Melrose managed to keep presure on the league leaders with a scrappy, if not emphatic, victory over Accies in a match that was littered with penalties.

Nyle Godsmark missed an early three-pointer attempt for the Edinburgh side, who were fairly sprightly in the opening stages.

Melrose put together some moves and thought they had scored with a driven maul after 20 minutes, but the try was not given.

The sides continued to fire blanks, and Alex Glashan missed a penalty after half an hour, before the Borderers were denied another score.

And in the last play of the half, Murdo McAndrew saw yellow for the first time for not rolling away, but once again, nothing came of the penalty award. There are not many halves in rugby that end scoreless, but it wasn’t for the want of trying.

After the restart, Scott Wight opened the scoring with a penalty, but he went on to miss two after Accies’ Lewis Niven was sin-binned.

Wight added a second penalty, before the home side’s Duncan Morrison made miracles happen, touching down in sight of a match official, but the conversion was missed.

Melrose laid siege to the Accies’ line, but Richard Ferguson’s dive over for a score was again denied.

After a further yellow card for Accies, a concerted effort saw James Johnson slip through a gap and score, Wight adding the extras, before knocking over a 45m penalty to round off the scoring.