Brothers in arms as Musselburgh hit top spot

Musselburgh Rugby Club who have four sets of brothers playing in their starting XV. Picture Greg Macvean
Musselburgh Rugby Club who have four sets of brothers playing in their starting XV. Picture Greg Macvean
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It was another case of brothers in arms at Stoneyhill on Saturday as Musselburgh posted a 33-10 win over table-toppers Hamilton Bulls to leapfrog their opponents and assume pole position in the BT National Division Two table.

Burgh had forced their way into a challenging position with big wins over Greenock Wanderers in recent weeks when they fielded a side featuring four sets of brothers. On Saturday it was the Watt family who stole the limelight with four of ’Burgh’s five tries.

The home side had three unconverted scores as they reached the break with a 15-3 lead. They went on to claim two further touchdowns and complete a win that puts them four points above Hamilton but having played two matches more than them and three more than third-placed Howe of Fife, who are a further four points adrift.

Winger Rory Watt bagged a hat-trick and his brother Sandy also dotted down, while another of the fraternity, scrum-half Danny Owenson – whose brother Craig played at prop – booted two penalties and a conversion to complete the win. Preston Lodge had the opportunity to move into the top two in Division Three with a win over Dunfermline at Pennypit. The East Lothian men were equal to the task, running in seven tries by seven different players to see off the Fifers 39-7. Johnny Brash, Dean Cunningham, Chris Dixon, Jason Riley, Alec Jessop, Scott Rodgers and Cammy Simpson all crossed the line, and Hamish Munro kicked two of the conversions.

PL now sit three points behind Lasswade and two clear of Dumfries Saints as the title race heads for an exciting finale.

In Division One, Watsonians had another free Saturday after their match with league leaders Selkirk was postponed because of call-ups to the Scotland Under 20 squad, while Livingston’s Division Two match at home to Whitecraigs and Murrayfield Wanderers’ trip to face West of Scotland in Division Three were also called off.