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1XV MATCH REPORTS

Jed-Forest Vs Melrose | Saturday 24 August | Riverside Park | Booker Border League Fixture

A hot and sunny afternoon welcomed in the 2019/20 season at Riverside for a Bookers Border League encounter, but with a cohort of potential Super 6 players absent the Melrose team showed several less than familiar names. Despite this the youngsters performed extremely well and, had it not been for some lineout overthrows, the result could have been in Melrose’s favour. Five minutes into the game Jed won a lineout on halfway and broke down the far side ending with Gary Munro scoring a try and kicking the conversion between the posts, to which he added a penalty five minutes later.  Within a couple of minutes Jed put in a fine handling move across the pitch letting Gregor Law skip into the right corner for an unconverted try. Was the writing on the wall? Certainly not if the Melrose boys had anything to do with it. With 19 minutes played Melrose put in a rolling maul from a lineout 5m out in the left corner. Illegal disruption by the Jed players gained Melrose a penalty try. Eight minutes short of the interval Donald Crawford side-stepped the Jed defence for a try between the posts with David Colvine adding the extras. With two minutes until the break Elliot Lauder irritated the referee and gained himself a yellow card. Unfortunately, Colvine’s kick was wide of the posts.

Half time – Jed-Forest 15 Melrose 14.

From the re-start kick-off Jed were awarded a penalty, but Munro’s kick failed to add any points. Five minutes later Melrose won a lineout in the right corner and, from the resulting maul, Chris Raymond claimed the unconverted try to give Melrose the lead for the first time. Colvine increased this lead with a penalty at 63 minutes. Three minutes later Lewis Young made considerable headway up the far side with the ball, eventually, coming off his foot over the line for him to touch down and allow Callum Young an excellent conversion from the right touchline to level the scores. With four minutes remaining, from an attacking scrum 5, Gregor Young nipped in for the winning try which Munro converted.

Jed-Forest 29 Melrose 22.

Jed-Forest – Lewis Young, Rory Marshall, Gregor Young, Monty Mitchell, Robbie Shirra-Gibb, Robbie Yourston, Gary Munro, Grant Paxton, Karl Lamont, Harry Meadows, Gary Young, Gregor Law, Daniel Wardrop, Jack Howe, Othello Heka. Replacements – Cole Lothian, Finlay Campbell, Adam Keeler, Elliot Lauder, Nik Stingl, Callum Young, Josh Laing.

Melrose – Kieran Clarke, Lewis Mallin, David Colvine, Gary McWilliam, James Brown, Donald Crawford, Finlay Broomfield, Mak Wilson, Ben McLean, Callum Crookshank, Thomas Brown, Gregor Lindsey, Chris Raymond, Harri Morris, Grant Runciman. Replacements – Richard Ferguson, Sean Fisher, Craig Fairbairn, Tristan Adams, Callum Wilde, Thomas Klein, Cameron Meager.

Referee – David Young. Assistants – Brian McGuff & Steven Dyer.

Peebles 7s | Saturday 24 August 

Pool B

Edinburgh Accies 27 Heriots 5

MELROSE 28 Heriots 12

Edinburgh Accies 10 MELROSE 14

Semi-final

Jed-Forest 24 MELROSE 7

Final

Jed-Forest 26 Hawick 7

MELROSE Squad - David Colvine, Gavin Wood, Lewis Mallin, Ethan McVicar, Douglas Crawford, Donald Crawford, James Brown, Chris Raymond, Thomas Klein, Matthew Klein, Jack Mundell, Finlay Broomfield.

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