Bonus point win keeps Melrose on a high

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Aberdeen GSFP 25

Melrose 34


A BONUS point and victory at winless Aberdeen allowed Melrose to keep the pressure on at the top of the table.

Playing with the wind in their favour, ’Rose opened the scoring with a Bruce Colvine penalty before Alex Hagart levelled the score with a similar award.

Colvine, who was controlling the game with well-placed territorial kicks, sliced through the Aberdeen defence to score a try which he, himself, converted before kicking his second penalty.

One minute later, Peceli Nacamavuto went over the line for the hosts, but before he grounded the ball, he was penalised for crossing.

From the resultant penalty Nick McGrath gathered a chip ahead and raced in for a try converted by Colvine.

Tony McGuinness was driven over for Aberdeen’s first try on 21 minutes, with a second coming shortly afterwards when Stuart Smith, as a result of poor Melrose tackling, drove over with Hagart converting.

Hagart scored and converted a try just after the restart to give the men from the Granite City the lead, which he increased with a penalty seven minutes later.

With 10 minutes remaining, prop Gary Holborn drove over for a try converted by Joe Helps, to return the lead to Melrose.

And, after a spell of pressure from the Borderers, Lewis Mallon grabbed the bonus-point try out wide which was beautifully converted into the wind by Helps.

Melrose: S. Chalmers; G. White, N. McGrath, J. Helps, L. Mallin; B. Colvine, S. McCormick; N. Little, R. Ferguson, G. Holborn, R. Ovens, R. Miller, J. Dalziel, G. Runciman, A. Nagle. Subs: W. Mitchell, C. Arthur, S. Johnson, C. Murray, A. Jessop.