Currie Chieftains skipper Robbie Nelson admits that there are areas for development before the Malleny Park side can be considered BT Premiership title contenders.
However, the powerhouse centre is happy with the way the campaign is taking shape after a 45-22 win at home to Watsonians.
Nelson was an impressive contributor to a victory that was built around the guile of the forwards against a powerful Watsonians pack, and the searing pace of a back division that looks capable of inflicting damage against any defence in the league.
“Obviously we are chuffed to get the win at home. First home game of the season, that’s exactly what we were looking for. There are things to work on which is always the case. I think you need to get that week-to-week but we are just delighted to get the win against a good Watsonians side,” said Nelson.
It was a second successive defeat for Watsonians whose coach Steve Lawrie acknowledged the need to erase defensive frailties, saying: “We are going to have to work hard – that’s a 55 and a 45, so obviously defence is an issue.”
Nevertheless, Lawrie could take heart from the attitude of his men, who repeatedly battled back into a game that Chieftains only made safe with a rousing finish.
The home side led 21-12 at half-time with Ben Robbins, Glen Faulds and Rhys Davies touching down for the hosts and Jamie Forbes adding all three conversions, while DJ Innes and Michael Fedo had a try apiece for Sonians, with Andrew Chalmers converting the first of those scores.
Chalmers booted a long range penalty before Thomas Gordon and Michael Allen exchanged converted tries. However, the hosts raised the pace a notch and Forbes added a penalty before Harvey Elms and Robbins touched down in the final ten minutes and Forbes added the extras to complete a comprehensive win.
“They were always there,” added Nelson in reference to Sonians. “We wanted to get the first score after half-time and put them to bed. But we maybe took the foot off the gas and a few wee mistakes let them back in. But I think we finished pretty strongly in the last 20 minutes and we just need to focus on doing that for the full 80.”
A telling factor in the haul of six tries by the hosts was the speed of execution, which was exceptional at times and proved too much even for a Sonians back division that had its fair share of pacey individuals.
“We want to play a fast-paced game. You look at our guys in the wide channels and Charlie (Shiel) at 9 and they are lethal. So we want to get the ball in their hands as much as possible. We have a big, mobile pack as well, so we just want to play to those strengths” said Nelson.
Chieftains are now one of four unbeaten teams, three of them having a perfect ten points after two matches. The other three Capital sides remain winless, after both Heriot’s and Boroughmuir joined Sonians in suffering away losses.
The Goldenacre men took a narrow defeat bonus point for the second week in succession after going down 24-22 against top flight newcomers Marr. Murray McCallum touched down and there was a penalty try while Michael Liness bagged the third Heriot’s touchdown, with Ross Jones kicking the other points for a 22-13 half time lead. However, as had happened the previous week, Heriot’s succumbed to a second-half fight back, with a last-minute penalty handing Marr the win.
Boroughmuir lost 51-15 to a free-scoring Melrose in the Borders, who have now dotted down 17 times in only two matches.
Dan Marek and Lewis Carmichael scored a try apiece for Muir, who had several first choice players unavailable. Ciaran Whyte kicked the other points for the Meggetland men whose next task is a home fixture against Currie.