PREMIER GROUP A
IAIN HOUSTON reports from Meggetland
THIS match was played on a very cold and drizzly day – and on an extremely wet, heavy and slippery pitch.
Within the first six minutes Scott Wight and Ally Warnock had traded penalties to set the scoreboard in motion.
On 16 minutes Graeme Dodds made a break which ended in a line-out on the right. Melrose won the ball and passed it left for Fraser Thomson to score a try in the left corner. Within the last six minutes of a stop-start half Warnock then Wight again exchanged penalties.
Half time: Boroughmuir 6 Melrose 11.
Wight kicked another penalty at 42 minutes and two minutes later Dave McColl was held up over the line, denying Melrose a try. Wight continued adding to the visitors’ tally with penalties at 57 and 67 minutes.
Six minutes before the end Melrose stole the ball on their own goal line. The ball was then kicked down the right side by Craig Jackson and retrieved by Callum Anderson.
From the maul after he was tackled, the ball was spun left and worked down that flank, the final off-load being to Wight, who raced in for a try.
Just on no-side, Wight put in a cross-kick to Allan Dodds, who, under pressure, passed inside to Stuart Johnson.
He off-loaded to Nick Beavon on the Boroughmuir 22. The prop exhibited an outrageous sidestep to bamboozle the defending fullback and scampered 20m to touch down despite two Boroughmuir defenders clinging to his back as he crossed the line. Wight ended the match with the conversion.
Melrose: F. Thomson, C. Anderson, J. Murray, J. Helps, D. McColl, S. Wight, R. Chrystie, N. Beavon, W. Mitchell, G. Holborn, G. Elder, R. Miller, J. Dalziel, G. Runciman, G. Dodds. Subs: G. Innes, R. Higgins, S. Johnson, C. Jackson, A. Dodds.