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Boroughmuir 22

PREMIER DIVISION ONE

ATHOLL INNES reports from The Greenyards

IT’S good to be back – so said newest Glasgow Warrior Scott Wight, who came off the bench in the win over Boroughmuir on Saturday.

Wight, who replaced the injured Cammy Murray after 50 minutes, was given game time following his Glasgow appearance two weeks previous in Leinster, when he played the first 40 minutes.

“I was very happy to pick up time on the field, but it was a hard game,” he told TheSouthern. “You always want to start a game. I spoke to Chic (coach Craig Chalmers) in midweek about it, but we have just to take it week by week.”

Wight, who has lost his kicking duties to Andrew Skeen, did have one pot at goal from the halfway line in the 77th minute, but his kick dropped short.

The centre then had to watch anxiously as Harry Leonard scuffed a potentially match-winning penalty at the other end.

But Wight was glad to be back – if only temporarily, as players are released only at the discretion of the pro coaches.

“I am back to training (this week) and hope that I can get into the Warriors’ squad for the next game,” he added.

It was no pushover for Melrose, for whom captain Graeme Dodds was shown a yellow card for the second game in a row. And Chalmers was a relieved man at the finish. “It was very disappointing, but Boroughmuir are a good side,” he said.

Ally Warnock kicked three penalties to add to add to his drop goal and conversion, while Melrose had Skeen to thank for his accuracy and reliability with the boot. Warnock converted Sep Visser’s try, but the home side won by three touchdowns to one.

Bruce Colvin surged through a gap for the opening try from Ross Miller’s pass and Skeen scored in first-half injury time, before new boy, Kiwi Nick McGrath, touched down after the break from Fraser Thomson’s defence-splitting run, with Skeen kicking all three conversions and a penalty.

Melrose: F. Thomson; N. McGrath, J. Murray, C. Murray, J. Helps; A. Skeen, B. Colvine; C. Keen, R. Ferguson, N. Beavon, P. Eccles, R. Miller, J. Dalziel, G. Dodds, G. Elder. Subs: W. Mitchell, K. Cooney, R. Ovens, S. McCormick, S. Wight.