BT Leagues ROUND-UP: Chieftains see off Watsonians in a round of tries and upsets
Currie Chieftains welcomed Watsonians to Malleny Park in an Edinburgh derby that delivered rugby to match the pristine conditions.
An interesting first period saw both teams play to their strengths and make inroads – five tries keeping the supporters satisfied.
Currie had the better of the opening minutes and a Watsonian error gave them the opportunity of a lineout in the 22, which saw Ben Robbins diving over, before a quick reply from Watsonians levelled the scores.
Watsonians’ scrum had the upper hand but the Chieftains were able to capitalise in open play, with running rugby leading to Glen Faulds jinking over before team-mate Rhys Davies powered through to widen the gap further.
More power from the ‘Sonians set-piece turned over a Currie attack deep in their half before they took advantage at the other end of the field, mauling over to cut the home lead to nine points just before the break.
Half time: 21-12
It was more of the same in the second half as the visitors continued to contest set-piece well while the Chieftains explored the loose.
Almost 50 minutes had passed before the first shot at goal, which the maroon and whites slotted from long range, testament to the positive play from both teams.
The Chieftains wasted no time in striking back, securing the try bonus well within the hour mark when Thomas Gordon thundered over from close range.
Patience from Watsonians saw them score in the corner, but an infringement shortly after the kick off saw Currie build the lead back up from the tee.
It was one way traffic thereafter as Currie struck twice more from deep to run out convincing winners.
Full time: 45-22
Elsewhere, Melrose continued their fine start to the season with another thumping victory over Boroughmuir, while newcomers Marr marked their first BT Premiership home match with a win over Heriot’s.
Champions Ayr were shocked at home by Glasgow Hawks while Stirling County scored seven tries against Hawick to ensure that both sides remain unbeaten.
In the BT Women’s Premier League Hillhead Jordanhill broke the 100 barrier once again in beating Stewartry while Cartha Queens Park won a tight one on the road against Ayr.
Murrayfield Wanderers saw off Watsonians Women comfortably and Stirling County women managed to deny RHC Cougars a losing bonus point in their wins at home.
BT Premiership Results:
Currie Chieftains 45 – 22 Watsonians
Stirling County 56 – 29 Hawick
Melrose 51 – 15 Boroughmuir
Marr 24 – 22 Heriot’s
Ayr 18 – 28 Glasgow Hawks
BT Women’s Premier League Results:
Stirling County Women 27 -19 RHC Cougars Women
Hillhead Jordanhill Women 122 – 0 Stewartry Women
Murrayfield Wanderers FC Women 46 – 10 Watsonians Women
Ayr Women 5 – 14 Cartha Queens Park Women