Understrength ’Rose still has thorns to spare

Haddington 14

Melrose 34

PREMIER CUP POOL C

DESPITE missing six players to various levels of international duty, Melrose made easy work of their second round cup tie at Neilson Park.

Jamie Murray, Alan Dodds and Gary Elder all touched down in the opening 30 minutes with Ewan Ford making one conversion.

Haddington responded well with a try from Mike Legget, converted by Ross King, but when the hosts lost Quinton Caulfield in the 36th minute, Melrose took full advantage of their extra man with Callum Anderson going over for the bonus-point try, making the half-time score 7-22 in the visitors’ favour.

A series of errors by Melrose and some solid defending by Haddington caused a lull in the scoring after the restart, but as the game moved into the final quarter Graeme Dodds and Anderson added two more tries to seal the victory, the former converted by Ford. Caulfield grabbed a consolation try for the hosts with King’s conversion marking the last play of the match.

Melrose: A. Dodds; C. Anderson, J. Murray, C. Hardie, B. Allen; E. Ford, S. McCormick; N. Little, G. Innes, N. Beavon, G. Elder, R. Miller, S. Johnson, D. Crawford, G. Dodds. Subs: G. Holborn, W. Mitchell, H. Mitchell, R. Chrystie and C. Murray.