Boroughmuir captain hails intensity as Currie are beaten

Grant McConnell of Boroughmuir tries to evade Currie's Harvey Elms
Grant McConnell of Boroughmuir tries to evade Currie's Harvey Elms
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Boroughmuir captain Andy Rose was delighted with the intensity level his side achieved at Malleny Park on Saturday as they defeated Currie to move off the bottom of the BT Premiership.

Heading into the last match before Christmas, ’Muir were coming off the back of a 37-10 home defeat by Melrose, but the two-week gap seemed to have done them good.

They took the match to their hosts from the first whistle and led 9-0 at the break. Tries from winger Grant McConnell and second-row Iain Moody sealed things in the second period as they won 21-7 and leapfrogged Edinburgh Accies at the bottom of the table.

Rose said: “With the match having been postponed the week before we had been building up to it for a while and we knew what we needed to do.

“I was very happy with the intensity shown by the boys and it is always nice to get a win just before the Christmas break. Currie have a good forward pack, but I thought our guys really fronted up when it mattered.

“The guys can now have a few days well deserved rest over Christmas and then we start preparing for the BT Cup match against Lasswade on January 3.

“I think at the start of the season we were quite unlucky with injuries and we could not always get a settled side out. The BT Premiership is also a tougher competition than we were used to last season, but I think things are starting to come together pretty well now. We are beginning to get a few boys back from injuries and such like.”

It was very pleasing for the ’Muir faithful. Edinburgh Rugby’s Nick McLennan was in their colours for the first time while the likes of Rose, Moody and Chris Laidlaw really are consistent performers.

Currie have now lost to the bottom two sides since they defeated Gala at the end of November and they will be annoyed they missed this chance to enter the top four.

Like many teams they are striving for consistency and head coach Ben Cairns and his players will be working hard on things in the lead up to the BT Cup match with holders Heriot’s early next month.

Boroughmuir got off to a dream start when they earned a penalty in the first minute and Laidlaw, the former Jed-Forest man, kicked it over.

As the half went on Currie’s pack tried to assert their dominance, but ’Muir stood firm with the likes of prop forwards Robbie Wilson and Jonny Latta doing well. The visitors were also clever in possession, with scrum-half Johnny Adams and Laidlaw controlling their match plays.

When ’Muir got within range, Laidlaw managed to kick two more penalties and they were nine points to the good at the interval.

But whatever Cairns and his captain Ross Weston said to the Currie players at the break seemed to galvanise them as they came out firing and skipper Weston grabbed a try converted by centre Joe Reynolds for 7-9.

When they let in points against Melrose two weeks ago ’Muir’s heads seemed to go down and they started to fall off tackles, but not this time around.

Indeed, they were the only points that Currie were to score and after he had gone close to scoring once, McConnell then did just that. Moody then put the seal on things with his side’s second try, the strong runner taking advantage of some poor defence to finish things off. Laidlaw added the conversion.

Scorers: Currie: Try - Weston. Con: Reynolds. Boroughmuir: Tries: McConnell, Moody. Pens: Laidlaw 3. Con: Laidlaw.

Currie: C Logan; R Nairn, M McPhillips, J Reynolds, H Elms; J Semple, R Snedden; J Cox, M Goodwin, G Carson, R Denonain, C McLean, M Vernel, R Weston, P Mundell. Subs: R Patterson, M Erskine, G Temple, T Gordon, M O’Neill.

Boroughmuir: N McLennan; G McConnell, J Edmunds, D Reekie, S Visser; C Laidlaw, J Adams; R Wilson, C Davies, J Latta, A Best, I Moody, A Rose, M Bradbury, M Entwhistle. Subs: D Miller, A Wallace, C Keddie, S Johnson.