Quines can’t match Melrose Ladies’ strength

Aberdeen Quines 0

Melrose Ladies 26


THE long haul to the north of Aberdeen for this much-postponed match was rewarded as a solid performance from Melrose saw them extend their lead at the top of the league.

In what was a bruising encounter, both teams struggled to find any fluency in their first game for almost three months.

Aberdeen, with their big pack, had their moments of pressure, but ran into solid defence and it was Melrose who managed to produce the cutting edge when it mattered, running in four tries for the bonus win.

Aberdeen defended vigorously throughout the game and a number of head tackles, which it has to said, would have seen at least a yellow card in any men’s match, went unpunished.

Gillian Inglis, a victim on more than one occasion, regained her composure enough to run in two tries after some more good handling, both being converted by Halfpenny.

Young Lana Skeldon has taken the transition to senior rugby in her stride and inspired play earned her player of the match.

Scorers: Gillian Inglis (2), Rachel Wood, Kirsty Cook. Nicola Halfpenny kicked 3 conversions.

Melrose: K. Cook; R. Wood, G. Inglis, L. Gilchrist, K. Stewart; N. Halfpenny, S. McKenna; L. Doyle, L. Purves, M. Maciver, J. Hall, D. Durham, E. Hackney, G. Thomson and L. Skeldon.