National One round-up: Biggar march on with Boroughmuir win

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Biggar defeated Boroughmuir at Megetland to consolidate their position at the top of the table. Image: Nigel Pacey
Biggar defeated Boroughmuir at Megetland to consolidate their position at the top of the table. Image: Nigel Pacey

BIGGAR now have a 20 point lead at the top of National League One after they secured to a hard for a bonus-point win at Boroughmuir on Saturday. The 26-0 triumph in Edinburgh was not their most complete performance of the campaign to date, but that was down to the hosts giving it everything for 80 minutes as they continue to battle against relegation.

While Biggar have now played 17 matches of their 22 and closest rivals Heriot’s Blues have only played 15, the Hartreemill men still remain big favourites to get promoted to the Premiership come the end of March.

Andy Jardine, Ewan Stewart, Rory Hutton and Richard Bassett scored the Biggar tries with Jardine adding three conversions.

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“I was very impressed by Boroughmuir as a whole, from where they were at the start of the season  [when Biggar beat them 53-7] to now is a credit to them,” said Biggar player/coach Craig Borthwick. “They caused us real problems at points in the game, their lineout really functioned and they got good ball from that all day.

“For us it was really pleasing to ‘nil’ them and having to problem-solve on the pitch when we weren’t getting things all our own way at all. These things will do us no harm moving forward and be a good learning curve for a young team.”

While this praise from Borthwick is nice, it doesn’t change the reality for Boroughmuir that they are still 11th in the table and 12 points behind 10th placed Ayr, who lost 47-12  at Watsonians at the weekend.

That means Watsonians are back up to fifth place and are still unbeaten at home all season. Young Corann Henderson led the way for the home side with a try double while Thomas Klein also scored two. Angus Small, Donald Kennedy and Callum Lauder all scored a try each, with Kerr Stoddart kicking five conversions and skipper Chris Bell one.

“I was delighted for the boys, we had a really good week of training leading up to the game and that paid dividends,” Watsonians head coach Bruce Ruthven said. “We started the game really well, dominating possession and scoring some early points and we never looked back.

“There were some great individual performances from Stuart Allison, Andrew O’Neill, Thomas Klein, Angus Small and Chris Bell. The guys who came off the bench also did well and we want to kick on now.”

Cam Black and Morgan Leatherbarrow scored Ayr’s tries with Cieran Wood kicking a conversion.

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Kelso are now ninth after a 33-30 victory in a real Border battle against Melrose at Poynder Park. The win owed much to a superb first half performance from the hosts, which out them into 33-15  lead before they had to weather a Melrose fightback.

Frankie Robson (2), Andrew Ford, Paudie Lawlor and Dwain Patterson scored Kelso’s tries with Craig Dods converting four.

“It was an awesome win for us at home,” said Kelso captain Murray Hastie. “We played some great rugby in the first half and scored some cracking tries. We then made it difficult for ourselves with our discipline in the second half and Melrose took their chances to get back into the game.

“Our defence on our own line in the last 10 minutes was brave and they couldn’t get over. I am extremely proud of the lads and their performance.”

Kieran Clark scored a try double for Melrose, but they just left themselves too much to do after the interval, although they can take some comfort from picking up two bonus-points from the match to stay fourth in the table.

National League Division One results –

Kelso 33 Melrose 30

Watsonians 47 Ayr 12

Boroughmuir 0 Biggar 26

How it stands –

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  1. No stopping Biggar this year
    Scoring for fun .playing for each other
    Big crowds .Great atmosphere .much better than boring Super 6

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