Melrose carry out Currie game plan

Murdo McAndrew breaks out for Melrose against Currie in the BT Premiership play-off semi-final (picture by Douglas Hardie)
Murdo McAndrew breaks out for Melrose against Currie in the BT Premiership play-off semi-final (picture by Douglas Hardie)
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Melrose 42, Currie 15

Melrose will be meeting Ayr in the BT Premiership final, as well as the final of the BT Scottish Cup, later this month after a commanding league semi-final playoff win on Saturday against Currie.

The Edinburgh side were temporarily in front thanks to a Forbes penalty but succumbed to a powerful, decisive Melrose display, in which the Greenyard hosts adopted fairly physical tactics.

After a somewhat lethargic start by both sides, Melrose drove over the line with their first attack, with Ruaridh Knott claiming the score.

Nyle Godsmark added a second try, putting Melrose firmly in control, and their pack’s dominance and line-outs and scrums helped set up good attacking opportunities for the backs.

Godsmark scored another try, while further points came from a penalty and two conversions by Jason Baggott, helping the hosts to a 22-3 lead at the interval.

Another converted try in the second half, from Austin Lockington, put Melrose 29-3 up but Currie were sparked into life just when it looked like they were chasing a hopeless cause, with Weston and Nelson scoring tries in the final quarter for the Malleny Park side.

Melrose, however, glided further ahead through another penalty from Baggott and try from a drive at the lineout from replacement second-row forward Ally Grieve.

The Premiership final will be between Melrose and Ayr at Greenyards on April 15.

Melrose: F. Thomson; A. Lockington, N. Godsmark, G. Taylor, S. Pecqueur; J. Baggott, M. McAndrew; J. Bhatti, R. Anderson, R. McLeod, J. Head, R. Knott, N. Irvine-Hess, G. Runcimen (capt), I. Moody. Subs: C. MacKay, D. Elkington, N. Beavon, A. Grieve, P. Eccles, B. Colvine, C. Jackson.