Melrose 44 Heriot’s 43
Melrose looked to be heading for a comfortable win when they led 44-22 with the end of the match in sight but the Goldenacre men, with three tries in a twelve minute injury spell, changed the direction of the tide and all but wrenched the game from the Borderers.
Melrose looked winners when their running rugby produced early tries for lock James Head and winger Tito Mua and then when Todd Pearce and Nick Beavon barrelled over the Greenyards men had the luxury of a half time bonus point with the score line at 25-15.
Then in a dominant third quarter Mua came off his wing to blast through midfield for his second try before flanker Peter Eccles was twice driven over to make the score 44-22 with full time approaching only for Heriot’s to bag three converted tries and come tantalisingly close to victory.
Melrose tries: Head, Mua (2), Pearce, Beavon. Eccles (2); Cons, Mill (2), Lockington; Pen, Mil.
Heriot’s tries: Armstrong, Carmichael, McGregor, Fleming, Nayacavou, pen try; Cons, Wilson (5); Pen, Wilson.
Melrose: F. Thomson; T. Mua, B. Hutchison, R. Taylor, C. Anderson; A. Lockington, M. McAndrew; N. Beavon, T. Pearce, E. McQuillan, J. Head, L. Carmichael, N. Irvine-Hess, P. Eccles, G. Dodds. Subs: R. Ferguson, N. Little, R. Miller, T. Wilson, R. Mill.
Heriot’s: G. Bryce; C. Simpson, L. Steele, R. Carmichael, J. Fleming; S. Edwards, G. Wilson; N. Borel, D. McGregor, S. Cessford, R. Nimmo, B. Toolis, J. Armstrong, J. McLean, J. Hill. Subs: G. Cameron, B. Couper, J. Nayacavou, G. McNeish, H. Boisseau.
Referee: C. Rudkin.