National One: Boroughmuir youngsters claim first win of campaign

Melrose and Highland continue to set the pace in the third tier of Scottish club rugby, while basement boys Kelso must recover from heavy defeat

Dundee HSFP v Boroughmuir by Ally Hay 2
Boroughmuir picked up their first win of the season in Dundee on Saturday.

BOROUGHMUIR head coach Richard Sievwright praised his side’s young players after they secured their first win in Tennent’s National League Division One on Saturday.

The Meggetland men had lost heavily in week one at Biggar and then were edged out by Ayr seven days later, so they headed to Mayfield to take on Dundee HSFP desperate to get their season up and running.

And they secured the bonus point win in the City of Discovery thanks to tries from Gavin Welsh, Ben Renton, Jack Hamilton, George McLean and Elia Zampoli, plus 13 points from the boot of Robin Weersma.


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After the 38-20 triumph, Sievwright said:  “I am really pleased for the guys to get a win because we had played well in the first half against Ayr the week before and then trained very well leading into the Dundee game.

“Myself and the other coaches have been working hard with the players to try and work on our game shape and the style of rugby that we want to play and we saw some good stuff against Dundee.

“It was good to have Dylan Powell back in the front-row while a number of young guys showed up well and Elia Zampoli did really well when he came off the bench. Now we hope to build from here.”

This home reverse leaves Dundee second bottom of the table on one point.

Kelso are bottom after they were humbled 98-3 at Cartha Queens Park.

Cartha went into the Dumbreck meeting having lost their first two games, but they were on fire in this one with Ryan Flett the star of the show with five tries.

Sam Harrison and Graeme Docherty both scored hat-tricks, with Fraser Paul, Michael Robertson and Alex Boyle also dotting down, as well as two penalty tries being awarded to the home side. Graeme Docherty kicked seven conversions.

Kelso will need to dust themselves down this week ahead of a tough home match with Highland next Saturday.

Melrose and Highland both secured home wins to stay unbeaten, the Borderers are top of the table with 15 points and the Inverness outfit second on 14 points.

A David Colvine penalty put Melrose 3-0 up at Annay Road against Watsonians before Donald Kennedy scored a converted try for the visitors. Richard Ferguson and Gary McWilliam then scored tries for Melrose and Colvine stayed on song with the boot as Melrose led 21-13 at half-time.

Willie Thomson and Harry Fisher scored tries to put Watsonians 27-24 up with 28 minutes to play before Melrose found another gear. Chris Raymond, teenager Trystan Andrews, James Brown and Douglas Crawford all crossed the whitewash to complete a 50-27 home win.

“I am happy with scoring 50 points, we scored from all over the park and you can’t argue with that, but we aren’t happy with the 27 points we leaked and have said that to the players,” said Melrose head coach Stuart Johnson.

Gala were 11-5 up in the first half at Highland after a John Frew try and two penalties, but the hosts battled back to win 34-18. The home side’s tries came from Lewis Sinclair, Connor Ross, Andrew Findlater, Hugo Crush and Stuart MacDonald Butler.

Heriot’s Blues and Biggar are third and fourth in the table respectively after good wins over Stirling County Wolves and Ayr respectively.

The Heriot’s try scorers in their 55-12 triumph at Bridgehaugh included Fin Hutchison, Scott Robeson (2), Sean Johnstone, Oisinn Quinn, Craig Robertson and John Rae.

Biggar recovered from a loss at Highland last time out to turn on the style by seeing off Ayr 62-15 at Hartreemill.

National League Division One results –

21/09/19
HIGHLAND RFC34 - 18GALA RFC
CARTHA QUEENS PARK RFC98 - 3KELSO RFC
STIRLING WOLVES12 - 55HERIOT'S BLUES
MELROSE RFC50 -27WATSONIAN RUGBY
DUNDEE HSFP RFC20 - 38BOROUGHMUIR
BIGGAR RFC62 - 15AYR RFC

Table as it stands –

Nat 1PWLDFADTBLBPts
Biggar RFC7610280861946030
Heriot's Blues75203201761447128
Melrose Rugby7610198149494028
Highland RFC7520212162505126
Stirling Wolves7421202170325124
Ayr RFC7421192176164123
Watsonian FC7331173208-353017
Cartha Queens7250246247-15114
Gala RFC7241185209-243114
Boroughmuir7250121219-982111
Kelso RFC716098258-160228
Dundee HSFP7070117284-167101

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