ON A perfect day for rugby, Kelso went into the game full of confidence after a two-win start to the season.
The Tweedsiders, however, were brought down to earth with a bump when Hills took the lead before the first minute was over – a quickly recycled ball was whipped along the line for No 8 Blair McPherson to plunge over in the corner.
Two penalties by Corey Venus took Kelso into the lead by the 20-minute mark, before Stuart Lowrie went over to take Kelso further ahead following some good work by the home forwards.
Venus converted from near the touchline and kicked a penalty shortly after before converting a try by captain Chris Riddell, who was also driven over from close in. That took Kelso to a 23-5 lead at the break.
As the game wore on, Kelso were in total control and increased their lead when Michael Robertson picked up at the base of the scrum and fed replacement Gareth Riddell, who smashed his way over the line to give Venus a straightforward conversion.
Mark Wilson, Venus and Minto combined to put even more pressure on the hapless opponents and eventually the latter picked up a loose ball to gallop in unopposed for the bonus-point try. The conversion by Venus gave him a personal success rate of seven kicks out of eight and a comfortable win for Kelso to take them to second in the table.
This was a good all-round performance by the Borderers, with some fine back play to link with the relentless forward power.