Chester makes his mark

Kelso 41

Watsonians 18

RBS PREMIER TWO

JIM FLEMING reports from Poynder Park

KELSO played with much more purpose and commitment than the previous week as they blew away ’Sonians in the sunshine.

New standoff Mark Chester made his presence felt with a hat-trick of tries and a personal haul of 26 points on his debut.

Although Watsonians scored first through a penalty, it was all Kelso for the remainder of the first half, scoring three tries, and they were by far the more dangerous team.

The first was a long-range try from an interception by flanker Liam Mitchell. Gregg Minto finished off a half-break by brother Richard to score in the corner for number two and this was closely followed by a try from Chester following a break by scrum half Andy Tait.

Watsonians scored just before the interval to make the score 24-13 at the break.

Kelso continued to play with confidence through the second half as Chester scored the fourth following a controlled forward drive as he picked up from the base of the ruck and darted in at the corner.

The next came after the home pack gained a scrum against the head. No.8 Steph Carnegie threw a long pass to Chester, who jinked his way through and finished with a flying dive behind the posts.

Watsonians scored their second try before they gifted Kelso their last in the dying minutes.

An attempted chip-through by Marcus Di Rollo rebounded off Ewan Ford who picked up and fed the ball to Nathan Trotter. As the covering defence closed, he chipped the ball into the goal area for captain Richard Minto to score.

Kelso: K. Utterson; G. Minto, R. Minto, E. Ford, R. Selkirk; M. Chester, A. Tait; A. Frame, C. Riddell, A. Marsh, D. Seed, I. Wallace, J. Stevenson, L. Mitchell, S. Carnegie. Subs: D. Cowan, A. Marshall, R. Henderson, N. Trotter.