The match started well for Peebles, with them pressing the attack from the start. This was quickly followed with a charge through the frontline by Peebles centre, Duncan MacDonald, who went in to score the first try, successfully converted. Shortly after this Musselburgh exacted their revenge, with a try by winger Andrew Cook. Peebles second try followed a minute after, in the sixth minute, scored by Dan Boughtwood. In that same minute, straight after the kick off, Musselburgh scored again, but failed to convert, bringing the score up to Musselburgh 12, Peebles 14. After this Musselburgh attempted to gain ground, but to no avail, as Peebles’ steel defence stayed as strong as ever. Peebles managed to push Musselburgh back into their own half, and Musselburgh kicked the ball straight into touch from just outside their own twenty-two. Unfortunately for Peebles, they went back to their old ways, with them throwing away possession from their line out, and Musselburgh using this ball to charge out of their own half. Peebles were not going to stay in their own half all day, and they pushed out with their devastating pack of forwards breaking though their opposite numbers.
Peebles arrived on the Musselburgh 5 metre line, and after breaking down the Musselburgh defence, Duncan MacDonald went over for his second try of the match. This went unconverted as a kick was booted wide. Half way through the first half Donald Sangster was forced to go off injured with a hamstring problem. This did not look good for Peebles, as Donald Sangster had been playing well in the Peebles back row. Just before the thirtieth minute Peebles got a penalty, which Dan Boughtwood, playing centre, smashed over like a rifle bullet. Peebles were put on the defensive line after this, with wave after wave of Musselburgh players crashing against them, and their backs passing fluently along the line. Peebles tackling was poor and their defence finally cracked, giving Musselburgh a penalty they so desperately needed. This was kicked with the eagerness of an animal after the kill, but it hit the post, with a surprised Drew Moore gratefully catching the bounce to clear, and the three points being snatched away. The first half ended that way, with the score Musselburgh 12, Peebles 22.
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