Currie must remain on the boil ...

Sam Johnston of Boroughmuir tried in vain to stop Robbie Nelson. Picture: Jon Savage

Sam Johnston of Boroughmuir tried in vain to stop Robbie Nelson. Picture: Jon Savage

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Currie full-back Harvey Elms knows that his side cannot afford to switch off like they did in the second half against Boroughmuir on Saturday if they want to secure a top-four spot in the BT Premiership.

The Malleny Park outfit won the home clash with their Capital rivals 19-17, but they should have had the game out of sight by half-time.

They were totally dominant in the opening period and were 19-0 up after just 21 minutes.

Boroughmuir, who have been on a poor run of late, then lost key men Craig Bachurzewski and Jordan Edmunds to injury and all of the chat in the stand was not whether Currie would win, but by how many points.

However, Muir did not concede any more scores before the interval and whatever their head coach Bruce Aitchison said to them at half-time it worked.

They came out in the second period looking a totally different side and when No .8 Callum Reid went over for their third try in the 78th minute, converted by centre David Reekie, the home faithful were praying for the full-time whistle to blow.

Boroughmuir just ran out of time in their efforts to secure a superb comeback win, but they took a bonus point from a match that early on they looked like losing by a large margin.

Currie’s win keeps them in fifth place, four points behind Stirling County, and they played some good rugby in the opening stages of this one – but they know they have to be more clinical.

Elms, who scored their second try, which was a beauty, said: “We let ourselves down in the second half.

“In the opening spell we really took the match to Boroughmuir and the forwards were giving us some great ball to run onto.

“For my own try I just managed to grab the looping pass and then saw the space open up, went past a couple of defenders and dived under the posts.

“It then moved to 19-0 and we really felt we could push on, secure the bonus point and give the crowd something to cheer about.

“However,

Boroughmuir came at us after the break and we did not react as well as we should have.

“We let them dictate things a bit and they gave us a bit of a scare with their comeback. The guys showed good guts at the end to hang on to the victory though and now we have to work hard in training this week ahead of a crucial run of matches before Christmas.”

For Currie, 20-year-old student Elms impressed in that first half while their other try scorers were captain Ross Weston and strong-running centre Robbie Nelson.

Stand-off James Semple kicked two conversions.

Boroughmuir have now lost seven league matches on the bounce and are in eighth place, just four points clear of the relegation play-off spot that Gala occupy.

They also have a mounting injury list, but stand-in skipper Cal Davies is not using that as an excuse.

The hooker said: “We seem to be giving teams too much respect at the start of matches. We let Currie take control early on. In the second half we were more aggressive, used the ball better and just came together as a team.

“Heads certainly have not gone down, but we know we need to get a victory soon to get us back on track.”

For the visitors Davies, who was captain in the absence of Andy Rose and Craig Marshall, carried well while Robbie Smith made a difference when he came on.

Back-row Craig Keddie scored two tries for them with Reid getting one, but it was not enough.

Scorers:

Currie: Tries: Weston, Elms, Nelson. Cons: Semple 2. Boroughmuir: Tries: Keddie 2, Reid. Con: Reekie.

Currie: H Elms; R Smith, F Efthymiou, R Nelson, C Graty; J Semple, C Shiel; A Hamilton, M Goodwin, S Ruwers, H Bain, M Vernel, L Crosbie, R Weston, T Brooke. Subs: G Carson, J Cox, S Ainslie, R Snedden, C Logan.

Boroughmuir: E Farquharson; R Cairns, A Cox, D Reekie, J Edmunds; L Bonar, S Johnson; K Furey, C Davies, C Bachurzewski, S Gibson, F Field, W Kay, C Reid, C Keddie. Subs: R Wilson, D Robertson, A MacLeod, R Smith, M Hare.