THE National League leaders came to Poynder and showed exactly why they are at the top with a powerful display of driving, offloading and supporting rugby.
That Kelso were still in the game at half time was a wonder to behold as Muir had 70% possession in the first half and Kelso had to bravely defend with 14 players whilst Dom Buckley was in the sin bin, and then down to 13 men when Kieran Cooney was given a straight red card for foul play. Buckley returned to the fray, scored a breakaway kick and chase try and then was promptly given another yellow card for a deliberate knock on, hence a red, and that was the end of his day.
Boroughmuir scored after seven minutes with a try by Adam Best which David Reekie converted. It took Kelso until the 37th minute to open their account through Buckley, with Matthew Douglas converting to make the game level at the break.
Muir started the second half with a bang and scored two tries in quick succession by Ross Bradford and then Johnny Adams. Reekie converted the first as he did for Greig Scott’s try on the 50 minute mark. By now the game was reduced to uncontested scrums. This was to Kelso’s advantage and they scored their second try when Donald Seed was driven over after a line out following a penalty which was kicked into touch in the visitors 22.
Magnus Bradbury, who had been a thorn in Kelso’s flesh all afternoon, galloped in for a fifth try. Reekie converted. The game ended with winger Bradford scoring a second try in the corner after a scrum on the Kelso 22 metre line.
All in all, a bad day at the office for Kelso, who gave so much in defence but just could not contain the continual Boroughmuir pressure.