EDINBURGH ACCIES coach Phil Leck will focus his efforts on securing BT Premiership survival after the Raeburn Place side’s interest in the BT Cup ended when they bowed out at the hands of his former side Hawick.
Accies bagged five tries, two of them late in the game, to spark hopes of a possible fightback that ultimately was quelled by the Borderers – Ruaridh Young scoring three in the first half while there was one each for Robin Snape and Ryan Godsmark – as Hawick saw out the game for a 35-27 win, having also crossed the whitewash five times but with a superior goal-kicking return.
Elsewhere, Boroughmuir – another side facing a battle for BT Premiership survival – will continue to fight on two fronts after they saw off National Div-ision Three pacesetters Lasswade 69-3 at Hawthornden.
The Midlothian outfit ended 2014 in a rich vein of form and surprised their top-flight visitors by taking an early lead through a penalty by Lewis Clarke. However, Boroughmuir soon stepped up the pace to chalk up 11 unanswered tries and deliver a timely boost for Bruce Aitchison’s men as they switch their focus back to league duty this week.
Magnus Bradbury had a double and there was one apiece for Iain Moody, Jonny Latta, Sep Visser and Sam Johnson as the Meggetland side built a 38-3 interval lead, with Chris Laidlaw adding four conversions. Despite a gutsy second half effort by the hosts, Muir eased into the next round with Bradbury dotting down for two more tries while Craig Marshall, Cal Davies and Ed Farquharson joined him on the score- sheet, and three conversions completed the job.
Musselburgh outscored Kelso in the second half of their tie at Poynder Park, but the damage had been done earlier with the Borderers reaching the interval 24-0 ahead. Declan Slaven touched down for Burgh and Tom Armstrong had a double but spoiled his day with a red card immediately after his second score, with Danny Owenson kicking two conversions as Burgh exited 31-19.
Meanwhile, Watsonians, who appear to be out of the reckoning for promotion from BT National Division One after several disappointing results, underlined their determination to extend their challenge for as long as possible when they eased to a 50-18 win at home to Marr.
Sonians led only 19-13 at half-time, but clicked through the gears in the second period to post a comfortable victory. Andrew Chalmers and Craig Barrie each had a double, and there was one try apiece for Ben Robbins, Chris Berkery and Jake Kerr, while Chalmers and Chad Northcott contributed the other points from kicks.
RHC Cougars were equally convincing winners in their 53-10 Division Three win over Perthshire. Stuart Morrison claimed two of their eight tries, with the others coming from Christopher Barnett, Fraser Thomson, Ross Buchanan, Matthew Hicks, Anthony Reen and Euan Morrison, who also booted five conversions and a penalty.