Peebles dominate second half to put paid to Jed-Forest bid

Fraser Harkness of Jedburgh RFC.

Fraser Harkness of Jedburgh RFC.

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A dominant second-half display earned Peebles victory in this BT National One game at the Gytes, which doubled as a Booker Border League fixture, writes Stuart McFarlane.

Peebles started brightly and had the opening score on the board inside the first five minutes.

After two drives for the line, captain Scott McCormick fed the ball to the on-rushing Richard Harrison and the flanker’s driving run produced the breakthrough. Greg Raeburn converted.

The return of twins Gregor and Lewis Young to their hometown club has clearly bolstered Jed’s attacking options and their pace and ability to break from deep was evident in a first half which started to swing the way of the Riverside club by the end of the opening quarter.

Fraser Harkness also proved to be a threat and played a key role in his side’s first try of the match when his measured pass provided Lewis Young with time and space to secure the score.

With a minute of the first half remaining and Peebles leading 10-5 after a successful Raeburn penalty on the half-hour, Jed secured possession again. Good work from Lewis Young and Robbie Shirra Gibb sent Gregor Young clear to score under the posts, Daniel Ritchie converting to edge the visitors into a 12-10 lead.

An early second-half penalty from Raeburn edged Peebles back in front and they started to dominate. Tries from Matt Carryer, Graham Hogarth and Devyn Smith completed a fine display, with Raeburn converting all three.