Topsy-turvy times for Melrose

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Having lost their home tie against Boroughmuir earlier this season, Saturday’s bonus-point win at Meggetland provided a huge boost for the Greenyards men.

In a league where results can turn upside down each week, the five-point victory was crucial to a Melrose team who still have a chance of reaching the top.

In what was their best performance for some time, John Dalziel’s dominant forwards created a number of chances with Joe Helps once again boosting the scoreline with some precision goal kicking. Helps opened with a penalty which was cancelled out by a similar effort from Chris Laidlaw. Five minutes later, Helps kicked his second before converting a try from Sean Kennedy to take a 13-3 lead.

After the restart Melrose upped the pace and further tries from Peter Eccles, Tito Mua, Bruce Colvine and Helps, who also added two conversions, put the game out of sight.

The hosts had the final say when Melrose flanker James Head was yellow-carded for dangerous play. Within two minutes Muir were pounding the Melrose line and Cal Davis ended a series of picks and drives with a try, converted by Laidlaw.