RBS PREMIER TWO
BILLY EDGAR reports from Hartreemill
AN 18-point half-time deficit was too much for Jed-Forest to claw back as they suffered a blow to their top four hopes.
The home team started the match at a pace the visitors struggled to match.
Biggar played percentage rugby in the driving wind and rain, while Jed tried to run the ball with the wind behind them, but were often caught short. The visitors were 21-3 down at the break – Conor Lavery, Jade Gardiner and Craig Parker scored for Biggar, with Jed’s points coming from a Chris Laidlaw penalty after 10 minutes.
The Borderers started the second half with more conviction and it wasn’t long before they scored a try through James Hogg after controlled pick and drives by Darren Cunningham’s pack.
Jed had Biggar on the back foot for most of the second half, but it was the home side that were next on the scoresheet when Parker converted a penalty in the 50th minute. The introduction of Jed sub Lewis Young saw him score in the corner with 10 minutes remaining, and Darren Gillespie’s effort after a series of pick and drives rescued a losing bonus point for the Riverside Park club.
Jed-Forest: I. Chisholm; K. Aitchison, G. Young, E. Scott, D. Gobby; C. Laidlaw, J. Hogg; A. Ions, D. Grieve, A. Croituro, M. Weekly, N. Cook, A. Nagle, D. Grieve, D. Gillespie. Subs: R. Ferguson, P. Hill, G. Slorance, L. Young.