Gutsy Reivers Roar To Capital Victory

Border Reivers 10, Edinburgh 3 The Border Reivers clinched their second Magners League win of the season at Netherdale tonight, and what a sweet victory it was. In a typical derby game, both sides were fired up for the fixture which saw the Reivers score the only try of the game having missed three penalties in quick succession in the opening 30 mins.Border Reivers 10, Edinburgh 3

The Border Reivers clinched their second Magners League win of the season at Netherdale tonight, and what a sweet victory it was.

In a typical derby game, both sides were fired up for the fixture which saw the Reivers score the only try of the game having missed three penalties in quick succession in the opening 30 mins.

Edinburgh took the lead after only six minutes with a penalty from stand-off Duncan Hodge.

Hodge’s penalty was closely followed by a period of concerted pressure from the visitors as they sought to extend their lead even further.

The Reivers pounced on a spill ball and cleared their line, as fullback Ben Cairns went to challenge for the high ball, he clashed with Chris Cusiter and failed to keep his hands on the ball. As Cusiter lay on the floor, Cairns gave him a boot in the groin as a parting gift.

As the visitors spun the ball wide mounting an attack, Matt Dey knocked on and conceded a scrum.

It was in the proceeding 13 minutes that saw the Reivers fail to take a nine point lead as winger Garry Law couldn’t find the target with three straight-forward penalty opportunities.

Just before the break, the Reivers levelled the score as Steve Jones took over the kicking duties and slotted a penalty.

Straight out from the dressing room, the Borders worked the ball right with Bruce Douglas putting in a flashy ‘Toony flip’ to Ross Ford. As they brought play back to the left, Garry Law was out on the wing and ran in at the corner to touch down for the only try of the game. Jones converted.

Four minutes later, the Reivers’ lead was put in jeopardy as he was sin binned for punching. However, it only took three minutes until Matt Mustchin followed suit for the same offence.

The closing stages of the game saw Edinburgh pound the Reivers line but the home defence remained solid.

The ball was edged out of the ruck and was spun out wide where it was knocked on. As the Reivers got their hands on the ball, a questionable spear tackle was dished out to lock Opeta Palepoi.

Cusiter cleared the ball over the Buccleuch Stand to signal the Reivers victory and the home support were brought to their feet.

Man of the match: Chris Cusiter (Border Reivers)

Official attendance: 1,444

Border Reivers: Stuart Moffat; Dougie Flockhart, Ben MacDougall, Bryan Rennie, Garry Law; Gregor Townsend, Chris Cusiter CAPTAIN; Gavin Kerr, Ross Ford, Bruce Douglas, John Dalziel, Opeta Palepoi, Scott Newlands, Andy Miller, Kelly Brown
Substitutes: Brendon Daniel for MacDougall (8 mins), Steve Jones for Daniel (22 mins)
Unused: Steve Scott, Ed Kalman, Richie Vernon, Scott Forrest, Rob Chrystie

Edinburgh Rugby: Ben Cairns; Matt Dey, Marcus Di Rollo, Rob Dewey, Lucio Lopez Fleming; Duncan Hodge, John Senio; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Geoff Cross, Matt Mustchin, Scott Murray, Alasdair Strokosch, Allister Hogg CAPTAIN, Dave Callam
Substitutes: Phil Godman for Hodge and Ali Warnock for Cairns (both 46 mins) for Dey (56 mins), Ross Rennie for Hogg and Greig Laidlaw for Senio (both 73 mins)
Unused: Andrew Kelly, Dave Hewitt, Chris Bentley