Edinburgh Accies suffer B&I Cup hangover at Hawks

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EDINBURGH ACCIES suffered a British & Irish Cup hangover when they returned to RBS Premiership duty with a trip to face Glasgow Hawks.

A penalty by Ruaridh Bonner and a Nyle Godsmark try kept Accies in the game at half-time, which they reached 11-8 in arrears. But the hosts kicked on in the second period to seal the win that has moved them into fifth place in the table. The Raeburn Place men have now slipped to eighth spot although they have two matches in hand.

Meanwhile, Boroughmuir had to survive a second-half fight back at Hillhead/Jordanhill to squeeze home 25-24 and remain on track for the RBS National League title. Tries by Cal Davies, Stevie Wilson and Rob Cairns plus two Dave Reekie conversions saw ’Muir – operating without skipper Andy Rose who was rested ahead of a trip home for international duty with Zimbabwe – into a 19-7 interval lead. However, two Reekie penalties were all the Meggetland men could muster in the second half as the hosts came close to inflicting ’Muir’s first defeat of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Jack Ferguson and Rory Steele had a try apiece, and Ben Di Rollo kicked the other points as Watsonians saw off Peebles 18-9 at the Gytes to remain at the head of the chasing bunch. However, their advantage over Stewart’s Melville dwindled further after the Inverleith side harvested all five points from a 34-28 win at home to GHA. Alan Whittingham bagged a hat-trick and Matt Morrell claimed a double, with Struan Allan also touching down as Stew Mel held 
off a second-half rally from the visitors to move into third 
spot at the expense of Selkirk who drew with Kelso.

Musselburgh tightened their grip on top spot in the RBS Championship B Division with a 35-13 win over Murrayfield Wanderers at Stoneyhill. Jye Thomas touched down twice and there was a try apiece for Lance Gahan, Paddy Brown and William Fleming for the hosts, while Ewan Eley and Elliot Mitchell dotted down for Wanderers. The result, combined with a first defeat of the season for Jed-Forest, moved the East Lothian outfit six points clear of their Borders rivals, who have a game in hand.

Haddington extended their winning run to three matches when they posted a 22-15 success over Kirkcaldy at Neilson Park. Harry Hamilton marked his debut with a try and he was joined on the score sheet by Garry Cockburn and Mike Legget, with Nick Bell kicking the other points in a win that delighted coach Bryan Craig. “That was the best we’ve played all season, especially in the second half,” said Craig, “We controlled the ball and the match in the second half. We had a lot of changes to the squad and the boys really fronted up. The commitment and decision making was superb.”

The result has moved Haddington up to fifth place, just behind Livingston who took all five league points from a 35-24 win away to Lasswade.