Winger Adam Greig was the star man with a try treble as Stewart’s Melville progressed to the second round of the BT National League Cup with a 47-31 win over Gordonians at Inverleith.
But, while the hosts displayed pace and flair as they chalked up seven scores, a shaky defence that leaked five touchdowns will be a source of concern ahead of Saturday’s league opener at home to Edinburgh Accies.
Stew-Mel raced from the blocks and their power and crisp handling yielded tries for Tom Croy, Sean Murchie and a double for Greig, all converted by Scott Docherty for a 28-0 lead after only 20 minutes.
However, having struggled to cope with the hosts in the opening quarter, the Aberdonians battled back and crossed the whitewash three times for a 28-19 half-time scoreline.
Greig completed his hat-trick and Jamie Sword raced in for a fine solo effort before Nathan Ross dotted down to make the victory safe. The visitors who had the final word with two more scores in the closing minutes.
Musselburgh also eased into the last 16 of the newly-introduced competition when they posted a 39-27 success over Glasgow Accies. Colin Arthur, Ruaridh Young and Andrew Cook had a try apiece, with Greig Leitch booting two conversions for a 19-10 interval lead. And further tries by Craig Owenson, Cook and Leitch, who also landed a penalty and a conversion, capped a solid performance by Burgh.
Preston Lodge and Lasswade served up a high scoring encounter at Pennypit, with the hosts taking their place in the next round after a 49-34 win.
Haddington will also feature in the last 16 after beating West of Scotland 30-8 at Neilson Park. Kyle Adams, James Ferguson, Colin Stuart and Kyle Hamilton all touched down and the Scarlets also had a penalty try.
Elsewhere, Edinburgh Accies gave Heriot’s a stern test in their friendly at Raeburn Place, where a late try gave the visitors a 33-28 win. Boroughmuir completed the build up to Saturday’s league kick off with a 42-26 win at Tynedale, Currie Chieftains were 73-19 winners at Malleny Park and Watsonians went down 21-12 in their match against Darlington Mowden Park.