Watsonians had to show their battling qualities to overcome Hillhead/Jordanhill at Hughenden and retain top spot in the RBS National League.
The Myreside men failed to replicate the dominant performances that had seen them record untroubled wins in each of their three previous matches and trailed 19-6 at the break, with their points coming from two penalties by captain Ben Di Rollo. However, ’Sonians stepped up a gear in the second period to squeeze past the hosts 27-26, failing for the first time this season to take a bonus point. A penalty try set the ball rolling on the fight back, and there was one apiece for Niall Dennis and Jack Ferguson, with Di Rollo on the mark with all three conversions.
Boroughmuir moved level with ‘Sonians at the top of the table when they took the bonus point in the process of chalking up win number four of the campaign away to Peebles. The near neighbours from either side of Colinton are now the only two unbeaten sides in the division after Kelso lost for the first time away to Dundee. Alex Cox and Will Kay bagged two tries apiece for ’Muir, while Jordan Edmunds and Craig Marshall joined them on the score sheet, with Dave Reekie landing three conversions and a penalty to set the seal on an impressive 39-21 win against strong opponents.
‘Muir coach Bruce Aitchison said of the performance, “I am delighted to win against a well coached team that was on a high after a big win against Stewart’s Melville. We played some good rugby and scored six very good tries. A bonus point away from home is an excellent result.”
Meanwhile, Stew-Mel eased into an early 8-0 lead at Selkirk but were unable to contain the Borderers who steadily raised the pace of the game to inflict a third successive loss on Bruce Macnaughton’s men. The 45-20 defeat leaves them 13 points adrift of ’Sonians in the league table.
In RBS Championship League B, Musselburgh bounced back from a loss at Jedforest in some style when they eased to a 60-0 win over Livingston at Stoneyhill. Adam Hook set the ball rolling with the first of ‘Burgh’s ten tries, and there were doubles for William Fleming and Andy Todd, while the others were shared around in a win that keeps Grant Talac’s men in the top three.
Meanwhile, Haddington and Lasswade served up a hotly-contested encounter at Neilson Park. Haddington coach Bryan Craig had criticised his players for lowering their standards in the loss against Livingston the previous weekend, and they responded with a much improved performance to chalk up their first win of the campaign 32-24.
Elsewhere, Murrayfield Wanderers welcomed Kirkcaldy. David Wilson’s men were only 22-17 against the Fifers entering the closing stages of the match but it was the visitors who finished stronger, running out 44-17 winners.