Glasgow Hawks 27
In terms of summer signings, Davie Moyes and Jose Mourinho could maybe learn a thing or two from Melrose’s recruitment policy.
New players Damien Hoyland and Austin Lockington have starred since arriving at the Greenyards, and both were in superb form in a narrow win over Glasgow Hawks to maintain Melrose’s 100 per cent Premiership record.
Hoyland, at 19, grabbed two more tries to take his season’s tally to four from three games.
But it was South African Lockington who really impressed. The diminutive 20-year-old has a name which could be mistaken for a character from a 1980s US TV drama, but he was outstanding during Saturday’s victory.
He possesses a great sidestep and pace aplenty, and created two of Melrose’s three tries with breaks through Hawks’ midfield.
Melrose coach John Dalziel said: “We played Austin at his favoured position of full back rather than on the wing where he played in the first two games, as Fraser Thomson needed to rest an injury.
“I think Austin, Fraser and Damien will give us good options this season.”
A frantic opening 20 minutes saw Hawks grab a 13-11 lead through a Finlay Gillies close-range converted try and two penalties from Mike Adamson and Jack Steele.
Melrose’s Joe Helps kicked over two penalties while Hoyland showed his pace by squeezing over in the corner.
Two yellow cards dished out by referee Andrew McMenemy to Hawks’ centres Ally McLay and Steele in the closing minutes of the first half provided an ideal opportunity for Melrose to finish off the game while 17-13 ahead, with Helps adding another three points on the stroke of half-time.
However, all ’Rose had to show for their numerical advantage was a Mark Robertson try after Lockington’s quick feet saw him ferret through Glasgow’s depleted backline.
Hawks showed plenty of courage to pull a try back as scrum half Haddon McPherson darted over, but four minutes from time, Lockington’s break and perfect pass allowed Hoyland to scamper in.
McPherson’s second try in injury time gave Hawks a losing bonus point.
Melrose: A. Lockington, D. Hoyland, A. Skeen, J. Helps, M. Robertson, R. Mill, B. Colvine; N. Little, R. Ferguson, N. Beavon, R. Miller, R. Ovens, P. Eccles, G. Runciman, G. Dodds. Subs used: A. Walker, G. Holborn, S. Dewar, T. Wilson, A. Dodds.