Malleny bonus try from Skeen keeps Melrose men in the clear

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IN FRONT of a meagre Malleny Park crowd, Melrose managed to increase their lead at the top of the RBS Premier One table.

Currie exerted considerable pressure from the off, but the Melrose defence held out. Despite losing his footing while taking a kick and ending up sitting on the grass, after 15 minutes, Joe Helps opened the scoring with a penalty.

Currie continued to press, but Damien Hoyland broke out of defence and sprinted for all of 60m. Backing up, as a good wing forward should, Grant Runciman received the inside pass and scored a try, which Helps converted.

George Horne kicked a penalty for Currie at 33 minutes, but just before the break, that man Hoyland made another break and, after some mazy running, passed to Richard Mill who scored a try between the posts, with Helps adding the extra points.

Currie started the second half as they had the first by exerting pressure on the Melrose line and, after several phases, Callum Kerr scored a try, converted by Horne. At this point Stuart Johnson was yellow-carded for a high tackle, but just prior to his return Helps kicked a second penalty.

Austin Lockington then found himself in the scrumhalf position at a ruck five metres from the Currie line and nipped round the side to touch down.

In an attempt to secure a try bonus, the visitors exerted considerable pressure on the Currie line and, passing out of defence, the hosts let Andrew Skeen jump high for the interception and fall over the line to secure the extra point.