PREMIER DIVISION TWO
IT WAS a dreich day of persistent drizzle that presented itself as Peebles arrived at the excellent Myreside facilities and pitch.
From the start, the visitors immediately put themselves under pressure with a dropped ball deep in their own 22. A ruck offence in the third minute was all the hosts required and Brian Walls duly slotted the penalty to give the capital outfit the opening three points.
Peebles restarted the game with a new vigour and ultimately gained some reward when Neil Warnock stroked over a penalty in the 24th minute.
Another guddle put Peebles under unnecessary pressure deep in their own half and another penalty in the red zone was the result.
Once again, the visitors were punished by the accurate boot of Hall who seems to have made the transition from Musselburgh flanker to Watsonians kicking scrum-half quite successfully.
Peebles captain David Paton was sin-binned for a ruck infringement on 39 minutes and the teams went in at the break with the score 6-3 to the hosts.
The belief in the away team’s defensive line was commendable after the restart and was summed up when Watsonians, in a superb attacking position five metres from the try-line, were obliterated in their own scrum as the Peebles eight drove them straight off the ball.
Paton re-entered the fray and Peebles could take heart that no points had been given in this period.
However, even with the full line-up restored, the Watsonians’ rumbustious Kiwi Paul Tuola showed a mean eye for a gap and left Peebles for dead to dive in between the sticks.
Peebles made several substitutions and Warnock was again successful with a penalty to take Peebles back in to within a losing bonus point, but with three minutes remaining, Hall delivered the cruel final blow with a sweetly-struck drop goal.
Peebles: D. Anderson; D. Clancy, A. Smellie, T. Walsh, C. Blyth; N. Warnock, D. Moore; R. Milne, M. Carryer, A. Clark, A. Brown, K. Clyde, I. Rodger, E. Jackson, D. Paton. Subs: J. Forrester, G. Hogarth, A. Warnock, D. Kilgour.