Five try showing sees Watsonians back to winning ways

Watsonians delivered an impressive five-try showing to kick-start their weekend in convincing fashion against capital rivals Edinburgh Accies at Myreside tonight (39-19).

Outside back Rufus McLean was the stand-out performer in the first 40 minutes scoring two tries (and creating throughout) with his first-half brace putting his side 17-5 to the good at the break.

There was no faulting the visitors for their efforts, particularly in battling for what could have been two bonus points at the death (targeting a fourth score and being within seven points) but ultimately their haste was their eventual undoing and they left, agonisingly, empty handed.

Match report…

McLean opened the scoring after he latched on to a lovely grubber on the far side and raced to the corner flag to dot down under pressure. Lee Millar converted (7-0).

Early credit was finding its way to the Accies’ defensive efforts, holding firm and winning combative breakdown penalties against a Watsonians side with their tails up.

The pressure was telling, however, and McLean showed great hunger to come in off his wing and onto an inside ball around 50 metres out.

There was still plenty to do but an impressive turn of pace saw him race over on the diagonal and dot down for a fine sore, which Millar converted (14-0).

It was then the turn of Accies to apply some pressure, first by charging down a Watsonians clearance, then pressurising to force a handling error and have the scrum feed, from which they then earned a penalty and kicked to the corner.

The lineout was won and the ball went wide to Cameron Gray who was waiting on the far side to race over at the corner. Mill's conversion came off the post (14-5).

With the momentum at stake Watsonians opted to bank points at the break to make the lead that little bit more comfortable.

HALF-TIME | Watsonians 17-5 Edinburgh Accies

Watsonians were back on the scoresheet early in the second-half as full-back Josh Rowland cut a great line to come inside the Accies' defensive line from the 22 and cross the whitewash unscathed. Millar converted once again (24-5).

Accies then hit back through back-row Jamie Sole who, after some industrious stuff from the big men battering away at the host's 5m line, was slipped the ball to round and fend his opposite man and score.

Mill converted, before Watsonians' Millar added another penalty to take the hosts beyond a two-score game (27-12).

There was no relenting from Accies who worked their way back up field and powered away for a few phases at the host’s line, only to be held up at the paint, before conceding a penalty at the resulting scrum, handing the initiative (and the get-out-of jail free card) to their opponents.

The sides then exchanged scores as the game continued to ebb and flow, Mclean involved again as creator for Rowland, before Edinburgh Accies' back-row Michael Badenhorst galloped in for the visitors at the other end to take the game to 32-19.

Accies were understandably desperate to be rewarded for their efforts that saw them one short of a try bonus and six points shy of the losing variety (drop-goaling their last conversion to make best use of time) but, after the restart, their desperation turned into loose and, ultimately, turnover ball before an established Watsonians maul of maroon bodies piled over the line to score, DJ Innes taking the plaudits and Millar converting once more.

FULL-TIME: Watsonians 39-19 Edinburgh Accies

WATSONIANS: 15. Josh Rowland; 14. Angus Guthrie, 13. Paul Cunningham, 12. DJ Innes, 11. Rufus McLean; 10. Lee Millar, 9. Murray Scott; 1. Greg Jackson, 2. Ross Graham, 3. Jack Stanley, 4. Jamie Hodgson, 5. Craig Borthwick, 6. Gregor Nelson, 7. James Miller, 8. Michael Fedo. Substitutes: 16. Fraser Renwick, 17. Finn Hobbis, 18. Charlie McKill, 19. Ewan Fox, 20. Rory Steele.

EDINBURGH ACCIES: 15. Vincent Hart; 14. Cameron Gray, 13. George Spencer, 12. Neil Armstrong, 11. Robbie Chalmers; 10. Richard Mill, 9. Robbie Davis; 1. James Pearse, 2. Nick Hall, 3. Cole Imrie, 4. Ronan Seydak, 5. Robert Lovett, 6. Michael Badenhorst, 7. Jamie Sole, 8. Lawrie Seydak. Substitutes: 16. Rory Simpson, 17. Martin McGinley, 18. Nick Stephen, 19. Sam Johnson, 20. Robbie Kent.