Travel-weary Orkney no match for Jed

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The journey down to the Borders appeared to take its toll on Orkney, who struggled to get a full squad together for this long-distance cup tie.

Jed have acquired quite a lengthy injury list during the early stages of the season, but had the advantage of home territory and any anxieties prior to the game were soon laid to rest as Lewis Young, Robbie Shirra-Gibb and Robert Hogg all ran in tries in the opening 10 minutes.

Battling hard Orkney tightened up their game and landed a penalty before Shirra-Gibb scored his second try. In response, Orkney landed another penalty, but Graham Robson scored Jed’s fifth try to make it 29-6 at half-time, with Gregor Mein making two conversions.

The second half started with Lewis Young completing his hat-trick with two fine tries. Orkney scored a try with 25 minutes left, but Jed went on the rampage again with Shirra-Gibb (2), Craig Cowan, Fraser Harkness, Grant Stewart, Nicky Bates and Andrew Thomson all touching down, while Mein kicked five more conversions.

Orkney never gave up and scored two more tries, both converted, in the second half.

z Elsewhere in the cup, Peebles were ousted 35-18 by Cartha Queen’s Park at Drumbeck – full report on www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk