Last Minute Muir Make Cup Quarter-Final

GHA were denied a memorable afternoon at Braidholm today when a last-minute Boroughmuir try ended their hopes of a place in the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup quarter-final.

Despite a positive start from GHA, a stuttering - but forgivingly clinical - Boroughmuir had established a comfortable 9-22 lead at the half, scoring four tries through Freddie Lait, Angus Martyn, Ben Fisher and Ed Mills, however the off-form foot of Muir stand-off Matt Canon meant the visitors were still in sight.


GHA were denied a memorable afternoon at Braidholm today when a last-minute Boroughmuir try ended their hopes of a place in the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup quarter-final.

Despite a positive start from GHA, a stuttering - but forgivingly clinical - Boroughmuir had established a comfortable 9-22 lead at the half - scoring four tries through Freddie Lait, Angus Martyn, Ben Fisher and Ed Mills - however the off-form foot of Muir stand-off Matt Canon meant the visitors were still in sight.

A spirited fight back from GHA in the second-half saw them cross the whitewash twice through inside-centre Ross McClymont and lively scrum-half Andrew Gillman.

A Canon miss-penalty was contrasted by the competent boot of GHA fly-half, Jim Noonan, who notched a penalty either side of the tries, putting the lead back in the hands of the home side after 68 minutes, 29-22.

A tiring GHA had just four minutes left to hang on as waves of Boroughmuir phases crashed against a dogged defence before Muir centre Apenai Kororua stepped his miss-matched defender to run in under the posts.

Canon’s boot could not miss from such close range and the game was level with minutes remaining, 29-29.

Boroughmuir continued their offence from the restart and it appeared that only one side would emerge as victors as GHA struggled to maintain possession in the face of a hungry Boroughmuir.

Continued possession and recycling found the visitors camped on the five metre line for the remainder of the half until Malcolm Clapperton scored the seemingly inevitable try – and resulting missed conversion from Canon – in the 40th minute.

The game restarted only to be kicked out of play to the sound of the final whistle, 29-34.

Boroughmuir will host Heriot’s at Meggetland on Saturday 18 April in the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup.