Melrose off to a flyer

Melrose 35 Glasgow Hawks 0

PREMIER DIVISION ONE

STILL flying high among club rugby’s elite, Melrose clipped the wings of Glasgow Hawks on Saturday and sent them back to Anniesland with ruffled feathers.

Starting in fine, sunny conditions, the hosts got off to a flyer. Following a penalty advantage the ball was recycled and slick passing allowed John Dalziel to dive into the town corner for a try, converted by Andrew Skeen.

And then the rain started. The nearest Hawks came to scoring in this period was a missed penalty attempt by Peter Jericevitch after 20 minutes. On the half-hour mark, ’Rose were awarded a scrum in the Hawks 22 and No.8 Graeme Dodds picked up and off-loaded to scrum half Bruce Colvine, who darted right and raced through to score at the posts. Skeen converted, leaving a half-time tally of 14-0.

Fine weather returned for the start of the second period and once again the hosts scored from a scrum close to the visitors’ line. This time, Dodds picked up and passed to Joe Helps, who, having come in off his wing, collected and touched down, Skeen converting.

Apart from a plethora of substitutions, there was nothing more of note until the 63rd minute. Melrose again won a scrum with Ross Miller, now playing at No.8, picking up and passing to Colvine, who made the break, passing inside to Jamie Murray. He passed to Skeen, who converted his own bonus-point try. Six minutes later, Miller picked up at the base of the scrum and crashed over for his side’s fifth try, allowing Skeen his fifth conversion.

With five minutes remaining Hawks’ winger Kerr Gossman was invited to complete the game sitting in the sin bin and Melrose ran out comfortable winners.

Melrose: F. Thomson; C. Hardie, J. Murray, C. Murray, J. Helps; A. Skeen, B. Colvine; C. Keen, R. Ferguson, G. Holborn, G. Elder, R. Miller, J. Dalziel, G. Runciman, G. Dodds. Subs: A. Walker, K. Cooney, P. Eccles, S. McCormick, B. Dick.