Melrose remind Peebles who’s boss in rout

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Melrose kept up the heat at the top of the Booker Border League with a thumping victory at the Gytes.

The match, played in bright sunshine, saw two sin-binnings in the first minute – for Andrew Muir and James Head.

Sam Pecquer opened the scoring for the visitors, Joe Helps converting.

Further first-half tries came from Bruce Dick (2), Fraser Thomson, Struan Hutchison (2), Grant Runciman, another two from Pecqueur, Helps supplying the requisite conversions to make the half-time score 0-57.

Peebles came out for the second half with more intent. Unfortunately, just a metre short, they spilled the ball over the line to Thomson, who took off from behind his own goal-line running the length of the pitch for his second try, converted by Helps.

Despite this, Peebles did get their touchdown, with Greg Raeburn crossing in the right corner.

Normal service resumed, however, and Melrose added to their tally through Neil Irvine-Hess – gratefully taking the ball from Thomson, who had made the break – and Graeme Dodds, who dived over for Melrose’s 12th try.

Helps added the extras to both tries to bring the scoring to an end.