PEEBLES began their season on a positive note with a convincing Border League victory over Hawick YM.
The win puts the men from the Gytes ahead of Melrose at the top of Pool A, thanks to a try-scoring bonus point.
Typical rugby weather made the ball slippery, with both sides battling against a strong wind. The hosts started strongly, picking and driving from the rucks, and Peebles did well to keep them out in the first five minutes.
Peebles began to come into the game and a long clearance was fielded by scrum half Scott McCormick – back playing for his home club after a lengthy spell at Melrose – who shipped a long pass to Connor Blyth to open the scoring. Greg Raeburn added the conversion. Peebles’ other tries came from Kenny Clyde, McCormick and Matt Carryer. Greg Raeburn kicked two more conversions. Shawn Muir scored YM’s try, Gregor Welsh converting and adding a penalty.