Lack of heat in Currie match



With the mercury hovering just above freezing, and on a greasy pitch, this re-arranged BT Premier One match was played on a dull afternoon, with the floodlights being turned on at half-time.

Most of the match was played in the Melrose half with the Melrose defence putting in a sterling performance. 28 minutes into the half, possibly in an attempt to keep warm, both number eights, Ross Weston and Graeme Dodds, had a minor altercation and, for their troubles, were both sent to the sin bin.

Two minutes later Currie managed to stretch the Melrose defence by moving the ball to the left corner and quickly back again to the right where Riuaridh Smith nipped in for a try to the right of the posts with Joe Reynolds adding the conversion.

Half-time: Currie 7 Melrose 0.

Ten minutes into the second half Currie kicked a penalty to the right corner, to the right of the stand, and after picks and drives Mike Vernal crashed over for a try converted by Reynolds.

Ten minutes later Nick Beavon succumbed to his frustrations and was sin-binned for taking out a Currie player off the ball, and at 26 minutes Reynolds kicked a penalty.

The match continued to be played in the Melrose half and any time Melrose tried to break out a pass would be spilled or the forwards were turned over. Granted there must have been cold fingers, but it was the same for both sides.

On 78 minutes Currie won a scrum on the Melrose 22 on the stand side, and, coming in off his wing, Fidias Efthymiou made the break and scored a try between the posts.

Reynold’s conversion ended the match with Currie having exemplified the old adage that the best form of defence is attack.