Watsonians: We fear no-one in top flight

2/09/16. TSPL Shift. Watsonians Rory Steele is tackled by Currie's Thomas Gordon and Stephen Ainslie during the BT Premiership, Watsonians v Currie game at Myreside, Edinburgh.  Picture Ian Rutherford
2/09/16. TSPL Shift. Watsonians Rory Steele is tackled by Currie's Thomas Gordon and Stephen Ainslie during the BT Premiership, Watsonians v Currie game at Myreside, Edinburgh. Picture Ian Rutherford
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Watsonians coach Marcus Di Rollo believes his men can match any other side in the BT Premiership if they play to their strengths.

Di Rollo offered his assessment after Sonians displayed their character as they prevailed 26-18 at home to a Currie side that again showed fighting spirit but failed to take anything from the match and now occupies the bottom slot in the table.

Three penalties by Joe Helps gave Sonians a 9-8 half-time lead after Harvey Elms had scored an outstanding solo try for the visitors, while Jamie Forbes added a penalty.

Sonians skipper Martin Christie forced his way over from close range two minutes into the second half. Helps converted then slotted another penalty as the hosts bounced back from the previous weekend’s defeat against Glasgow Hawks. For Currie, Elms dotted down for five more points and Forbes converted as well as kicking a penalty.

“The first half was a bit shaky. But we had a chat at half-time and we just tightened up on a few areas,” said Di Rollo, who was delighted with the win but less satisfied with the way his men allowed their opponents to respond immediately after Christie’s try.

“That’s a thing we have to get over,” he added. “But all in all, I thought it was a courageous second-half performance. We tightened up and took the game to them.

“I think the team are getting to know each other a bit better and if we play accurate rugby, we will trouble any team.”

Elsewhere, Boroughmuir suffered another loss when they succumbed 36-26 to Hawick, although once again the Meggetland men produced a display of attacking rugby which on this occasion yielded a four-try bonus point.

Two touchdowns from Grant McConnell plus one apiece by Jordan Edmunds and Craig Keddie secured the bonus point for the visitors. However, Muir paid the price for a lack of discipline at key moments that allowed the Borderers to secure their first win of the campaign.

Meanwhile, there was also disappointment at Goldenacre for Heriot’s who had tries by Gavin Parker, Andrew Simmers and Struan Dewar, plus two conversions from Alex Hagart, and were chasing the win over Glasgow Hawks. But a late converted try secured a 30-19 victory for the visitors and left the champions empty handed, with coach Phil Smith accusing his men of having shot themselves in the foot.