Things have got much tighter in RBS Premier A after the first weekend of competition. Some ten points now separate Melrose in first and Ayr in fifth.
To the impartial rugby spectator, perhaps the most interesting two results lay at opposite ends of the country, where Aberdeen Grammar stopped Gala’s run of eight victories in a row, winning 18-5 at Rubislaw, and in the Borders where Dundee shocked Melrose with a 37-35 win at the Greenyards, despite being 35-9 down with 20 minutes to go.
Dundee HSFP head coach, Ian Rankin, said: “We came into today’s game concerned about the amount of competitive rugby we had played in the last month and knowing we were taking on Melrose at the top of the table we knew it was going to be hard.
“We struggled with their pace in the first half but there was always a belief that we were never out of the game.
“All credit to the guys for sticking in and bringing us back from the dead, we certainly left it late to take the lead.”
All in the game produced seven tries. For Melrose Ross Ovens, Fraser Thomson, Bruce Colvine and Andrew Skeen all touched down and for Dundee Richard Hawkins, Neil Dymock and Cam Wyper all scored a try. A fourth penalty try was also awarded to Dundee. The tries were then matched with three penalties a piece from the boot of Skeen and Jack Steele, but it was Alan Brown’s four successful conversions which tipped the balance in the end.
Elsewhere in the league, Ayr beat Stirling County in a tight match at Millbrae, 25-13 and over in the east Currie were victorious with a 20-7 victory at Malleny Park.
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