Peebles back in the hunt

Peebles 23

Musselburgh 15


PEEBLES secured a vital win over promotion rivals Musselburgh, and continued their 100 per cent record at The Gytes.

A defeat to league leaders Musselburgh, who defeated Peebles 35-11 on the opening day of the season, could have spelt the end of the homesters hopes of climbing into the National League.

The signs were ominous early on as Greg Raeburn missed two kickable penalties but the fly half made amends by scoring a try in the corner.

Peebles deserved their lead but when flanker Dalton Hall was yellow carded for a high tackle, Burgh came back into the game. However, they could not break through to leave the score 5-0 at half time.

Raeburn extended Peebles lead with a three pointer at the start of the second half but Musselburgh replied through Craig Veitch’s converted try, a David O’Hagan penalty and a Mike Scott touchdown.

At 15-8 down, Peebles needed a strong finish to the match and produced one, scoring 15 unanswered points.

Firstly, Callum Scott and Conor Blyth combined for the latter to score, which Raeburn converted well.

A fine penalty from Raeburn then put his side ahead again at 18-15, before Scott added his second try of the game to seal the points.

Peebles now trail new leaders Howe of Fife by four points, with only the league winners gaining promotion.