'We're really alive in National 2 now' - Berwick rugby skipper Jack Webster delighted with home win over Falkirk

Newly-promoted Berwick recovered from conceding three first half tries to get their first Tennent’s National League division 2 win of the campaign with a 33-17 home success over Falkirk on Saturday.

Although James Thompson’s early try put the Borders side 5-0 up, the visitors hit back with scores by Gregor Ramsay, Stewart McCulloch and Euan Cassells – the first of which was converted by Duncan Tompkins – to race to a 17-5 advantage.

Crucially, Berwick reduced their leeway to five points by half-time thanks to a Nathan Melrose try converted by skipper Jack Webster.

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And second-half Berwick tries for James Grieve, Euan Thompson and Ben Nicholson – all of which were converted by Webster – duly won the day to put the hosts eighth in the table with five points from two games.

Home captain Webster said: “Really good to get a win back here at Scremerston after last week’s disappointing result and performance.

"It’s good to show what we can actually do and it feels like we’re really alive in National 2 now.

"Falkirk came down and they throwing it around playing very expansive rugby and it maybe took us a while to adapt to that.

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"But once we realised what they were about and sort of realised how we could nullify them, I thought we grew into the game.

"The try before half-time did lift the spirits. Trailing just 17-12 really gave us the belief that we knew what we could fix and come out in the second-half and produce the performance we did.”

Webster, speaking to Borders Rugby Radio, said that dealing with the breakdown in matches had taken a bit of getting used to in the higher division.

He added: “The breakdown’s been a big one. I think we struggled with that last week up at Boroughmuir, we conceded a lot of turnover penalties.

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"And again in the first-half here we were maybe a bit slow to the breakdown to begin with but we recognised that at half-time and really worked on it in the second half.

"We managed to get a few turnovers of our own.”

Berwick travel to fellow newly-promoted side Lasswade in the league this Saturday with kick-off at 3pm.

Webster said: “It's always a hard place to go up there but we’re really looking forward to it.”