Kelso fall into bottom three of rugby’s Scottish Premiership table after loss at Currie Chieftains
That 48-13 loss at Balerno’s Malleny Park, along with a 42-42 draw for Glasgow Hawks at Musselburgh, sees them fall one place, leaving them on 16 points from eight fixtures.
It also means Borderers now occupy all of the bottom-three spots, Jed-Forest being at the foot of the table, on three points, and Selkirk one place above them, on 13, with only second-placed Hawick breaking ranks.
Kelso’s only try-scorer in the capital was Dwain Patterson and he also kicked a conversion and two penalties.
On the scoresheet for their third-placed hosts were Ryan Daley, Roy Vucago, Ali Bain, Sam Cardosi, Ryan Stewart, Ali McCallum and Paddy Boyer, with Jamie Forbes adding five conversions and a penalty.
The visitors, 13-3 down at half-time, got back to within a converted try of Currie at 13-6 but that was as good as it got as they then allowed the game to get away from them by conceding a further five tries.
“We switched off for 20 to 25 minutes after half-time and that was the game,” Kelso player-coach Bruce McNeil told the Offside Line afterwards.
“We were in it at half-time and we got it back to 13-6, then switched off, and a team like Currie are going to punish you.
“There are positives there, but ultimately we fell short.”
Next up for Kelso is a Borders derby at home at Poynder Park to Jed-Forest this coming Saturday, with kick-off at 3pm.