Century score keeps St Boswells hopes alive

Greenock Wanderers on the charge against St Boswells at Jenny Moore's Road (picture by Bill McBurnie)
Greenock Wanderers on the charge against St Boswells at Jenny Moore's Road (picture by Bill McBurnie)

St Boswells 119

Greenock Wanderers 19

It wasn’t just at the Greenyards on Saturday that Melrose played host to some intriguing rugby action.

Third Division St Boswells posted a remarkable score against already-relegated Greenock Wanderers to keep themselves in with a chance of promotion.

It will be a tough task, but a bonus-point home win this Saturday against table-topping Dumfries Saints will be enough to send the men from Jenny Moore’s Road up to BT League Two.

Assistant coach Scott Elliot said the landslide tally was “a bit unexpected”, adding; “We hadn’t been scoring a whole lot of points against other teams – maybe 30 or 40, but mostly in the 20s – so it was a bit of a shock to score as many points as we did.”

Among the scorers – some with multiple tries – were Nicholas Little, Dean McCracken, Greg Walker, Rory Smith, Craig Russell, James Parker, Chris Fairbairn, Michael McVie, Shaun Desport, Dean Keddie and David Cassidy.

“It was only 38-7 at half time, so we racked up the remaining points in the second half mainly because we were plaing downhill,” explained Ellliot. “The guys all ran some good lines and kept supporting each other to keep the ball alive, even when it could have gone dead. We were really happy with how the guys played, and let’s hope they continue that into Saturday.”

Greenock only had 16 players with them and they were tiring, added Elliot. “They were struggling to get players to travel, with it being the last game of the season, and they were relegated anyway. They were looking to fulfil the fixture, which was good of them. We congratulated them afterwards for making the effort to come down and play the game, even though they were up against it. We have been in that situation before, about 10-12 years ago, when we were regularly thumped by 100-plus points, so we know how it feels.”

Four tries for a bonus-point win against “easily the best team in the league” will be a big ask, said Elliot, but St Boswells knew they had a chance of beating Saints.