Champions Heriot’s returned from their trip to face Selkirk with a bonus-point win. But the Goldenacre men were given an almighty scare by a home side desperate for BT Premiership points.
Two penalty tries plus a touchdown apiece for Michael Liness and Jack Turley, all converted by Graham Wilson, eased Heriot’s into a 28-10 lead at half time, with the bonus point already secured. Murray McCallum added a fifth try leaving the score 33-17 entering the final quarter.
However, Selkirk, despite a red card for prop Cata Gaur, scored two late tries to make it 33-29 for the title holders, while the Borderers had two bonus points to show for their efforts.
In BT National Division One, Edinburgh Accies posted a first win of the campaign when they saw off Stewart’s Melville at Inverleith.
Accies went into the match knowing that, even at this early stage, anything other than a win would leave them with a massive task to feature in the promotion race. And, after having suffered narrow defeats in each of their two opening matches, they turned on the style to win 30-11.
The visitors raced from the blocks with a first-minute try by Neil Armstrong, converted by Facundo Beltramino, who added three penalties to hand Accies a 16-3 lead at half time – Nick McCashin banging over a penalty for StewMel.
McCashin clawed back three more points for the hosts, but a converted touchdown from Jamie Sole made the win safe entering the final quarter when Ross McCann dotted down for StewMel and Jamie Winks crossed for the visitors, with Beltramino adding the conversion. The misery was completed for the hosts when Matt Stevens was shown a red card in the dying minutes.
For the third weekend in succession, Musselburgh’s match went to the wire when they welcomed Watsonians to Stoneyhill. The hosts again displayed their battling qualities to inflict a first defeat of the campaign on the Capital side – a penalty by Danny Owenson a minute from full time snatching a 31-29 victory for the hosts.
In Division Two, Preston Lodge extended their winning run to three with a 52-14 victory at home to Biggar. Lasswade tasted defeat for the first time this season when they succumbed 31-10 at home to Hamilton Bulls, whose success leaves them as one of three sides with a flawless haul of three successive bonus-point wins.
Haddington returned from Dalziel on Division Three duty on the right side of a 57-19 score to move into the top five in the league. RHC Cougars chalked up a first win of the season when they saw off Berwick 30-11 at Barnton, but there was disappointment for Livingston who went down 25-7 away to Perthshire.