Coach Else praises brave Accies despite B&I loss

Jonny Else: Picture: Contributed
Jonny Else: Picture: Contributed
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Edinburgh Accies coach Jonny Else conceded that his men had been outmuscled by a potent London Scottish side in their British & Irish Cup tie at Richmond. But, he praised the efforts of his men who had touchdowns from Ruaridh Bonner, Alex Allan and Shaun Strudwick in a 55-19 loss that featured nine tries for the Exiles.

“It was an outstanding effort by the boys. We scored two wonderful tries and at times troubled London Scottish,” said Else before acknowledging the superiority of Accies’ professional opponents, adding, “They used their power to be clinical.”

Meanwhile, on RBS Premiership duty, Currie suffered another setback when they succumbed 30-10 to leaders Melrose. As had been the case in previous weeks, the Malleny Park side battled gamely, claiming a try through Callum Kerr, but ultimately the league leaders had too much all-round strength for Currie, with a late try from Gary Holborn sealing the bonus point win.

Boroughmuir reached the midway point in the RBS National League campaign with their unbeaten record intact after posting an eighth bonus point win when they saw off GHA 28-15.

The victory, combined with results elsewhere, leaves ‘Muir 12 points clear at the top of the table and firmly on track for an immediate return to the top flight. Rob Cairns bagged a double, while Josh Edmunds and Trent Sutton had a touchdown apiece, as ‘Muir emerged unscathed from a tough test which was only decided in the closing stages.

With pacesetters Jedforest having an unscheduled day off, Musselburgh had the opportunity to assume top spot in RBS Championship Division B, when they welcomed Hawick YM to Stoneyhill. And the hosts seized their chance, running in a tally of 15 tries as they swept the Borderers aside to claim top spot in the table.

Lasswade’s home clash with Jedforest was postponed due to the home side having a shortage of front-row players. The Hawthornden side can now expect to suffer a points deduction as a result – a precedent was set earlier in the season when Murrayfield Wanderers were docked two points for failing to fulfil a fixture in similar circumstances.

Wanderers were on the road to face a Haddington side that has enjoyed an upturn in form over recent weeks. Coach Bryan Craig had praised the efforts of his pack in the previous week’s win over Hawick YM. And the forwards again created the foundation for the success as they eased to a 32-11 win that yielded a bonus point and gave them fifth spot. Sandy McCutcheon bagged a double and he was joined on the scoresheet by Garry Cockburn and Kris Paterson, with Nick Bell landing three conversions and two penalties.

Joining the Scarlets in mid-table are Livingston, who completed the first half of their league programme with win number five after Ross Neil and Andy MacMahon dotted down for a try apiece, while Gavin Douglas and Kerr Anderson shared the kicking duties to contribute the rest of the points in a 26-16 success at home to Aberdeenshire.