Hosts weather the storm to grab late winner at Rubislaw

Kelso RFC's Chris Keen
Kelso RFC's Chris Keen

Aberdeen Grammar27

Kelso22

Kelso continued their run of ‘almost won’ or ‘should have won’ on their long distance trip to Aberdeen where a much depleted side had been blown up north.

With players missing because of injury, unavailability and Saturday morning employment, the Tweedsiders got off to the worst possible start.

Facing the elements they kicked off only for an early turn over, and a missed tackle, to allow No 8 Louis Kinsey to plough over. Alex Hagart slotted the conversion and it looked as if Kelso would be in for a long hard day.

An Andrew Skeen penalty lessened the gap only for Grammar to pull away again with a similar effort from Hagart.

Kelso gained a semblance of control up front and eventually drove Chris Keen over for a try.

Once again their success was short-lived as Grammar’s burly Fijian winger Peceli Nacamavuto sent Calum Champion home. The hosts increased their lead when Kinsey crashed over near the posts to allow Hagart an easy conversion and a 22-8 half time lead.

Kelso re-started with a bang. Ian Wallace raced through for a try which Skeen converted and the comeback was on. After 50 minutes Kelso equalised when Frankie Robson scorched over and Skeen again added the extras.

The momentum seemed to be all with Kelso but it was not to be as Aberdeen weathered the storm and full back Grant Walker scored out wide to secure the win.