Ally Donaldson confident Currie can beat drop

Ally Donaldson

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Currie coach Ally Donaldson is confident that Saturday’s stunning RBS Premiership victory over champions Ayr is only the start for his young squad as they seek to secure their top-flight survival.

Donaldson’s players produced a tremendous effort to garner four vital league points from the 24-15 victory and boost their bid to beat the drop. Richard Snedden touched down and George Horne converted to give Currie a 7-0 interval lead. An Ethan Pollock try and Horne’s boot kept the hosts’ tally mounting and, although Ayr battled back to lead with less than ten minutes to play, another Horne penalty and a late try by Ruaraidh Smith sealed Currie’s third win of the campaign.

“We played with awesome commitment and heart,” said a delighted Donaldson. “But we can still be better.”

Currie’s next league assignment will be a trip to face Edinburgh Accies, who have slipped into the bottom four after a 30-10 loss at Hawick. Accies left themselves too much to do after conceding three early tries and although Michael Liness clawed back five points before the break and Alex Black touched down in the second half, the Borderers went on to claim the bonus point win that has taken them above Accies in the table.

The race for promotion from the RBS National League intensified after the latest round of fixtures. Pacesetters Boroughmuir suffered a second successive defeat when they went down 31-20 away to Dundee High. However, they had the consolation of a four-try bonus point after Cal Davies, Iain Moody, Ed Farquharson and Jonny Adams all crossed the whitewash.

‘Muir retain an eight-point advantage over Watsonians, who bagged all five points from a 39-18 win away to Biggar. ‘Sonian’s occupy second spot by virtue of a superior points difference ahead of Stewart’s Melville who returned from their trip to meet Peebles with a hard-fought 16-9 win, Matt Morrell and Sam Rowlands bagging a try apiece for the visitors.

Musselburgh still have a four-point lead at the top of RBS Championship Division B, despite losing 33-28 to Jedforest at Stoneyhill. That narrow defeat bonus could prove crucial in the final analysis, with ‘Burgh now holding a four-point gap although Jed have a game in hand.

Haddington rediscovered the winning feeling when they saw off Livingston 24-17 at Neilson Park in a match that was preceded by a minute’s silence following the death of Honorary President Roy Tait. Tries from Garry Cockburn, Alex McCutcheon, Mike Legget and Euan Herkes plus two conversions by Nick Bell secured a five-point haul for the home side who now occupy fourth spot in the league, while Gavin Douglas and Kevin Buchan had a try apiece and touched down and Douglas booted the other points to clinch a narrow defeat bonus point for Livingston.

Elsewhere, it was another tough day for Lasswade, who were on the road to face Howe of Fife. And the Hawthornden men ended up on the wrong end of an 83-10 result.