National Two: Dumfries Saints march to a big win over Whitecraigs

Peebles and Stewart’s Melville also have two wins from two, while Peebles flashed their teeth with convincing home win over Glasgow Accies

IN week one, Dumfries Saints picked up a bonus point win at Kirkcaldy with a late winning score, but their first home match of the season against Whitecraigs was much more comfortable. Bobby Douglas led the way with four tries as they saw off the Glasgow outfit 83-12 to make it 10 points from a possible 10. Whitecraigs tries came from Michael Christine and Jack Ramage.

“We got off to a strong start with a couple of early tries before a bit of a drop off in the middle of the first half,” said Dumfries head coach Euan Mack. “We picked things up again before half-time and then in the second half things became a bit unstructured, but credit to the boys for scoring a few more points.

“I am pleased with our form so far, but we are certainly not getting carried away. We have a lot of big games coming up and that is our focus now.”


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Peebles had won at Gordonians in week one and this weekend they were at home against Glasgow Accies. They picked up the bonus point victory thank to tries from Greg Raeburn, Kieran Brown, Scott Stoddart and Roddy Guinea. Raeburn also kicked two conversions and a penalty in the 27-0 triumph.

Stewart’s Melville defeated Kirkcaldy at Inverleith in a tight game with the wind affecting things. In the end, the Edinburgh side got home 19-13 and scored tries through Sean Murchie, Matt Sanderson and Joe Bailey, with Euan Morrison kicking two conversions.

“Kirkcaldy have a good pack and some good backs led by Josh Laird so we knew that this would be a tough game,” Stewart’s Melville head coach Jonny Else said. “We got off to a flying start, but just couldn’t get points on the board and then the wind came into play.

“After that it was a forwards battle and nip and tuck and w managed to score with 10 minutes to go before Kirkcaldy scored at the end to keep things interesting until the final whistle. We have now toughed out two wins from two and want to build from here.”

Kirkcaldy took home a losing bonus point and their last gasp try to earn that point came from Thomas Glendinning.

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GHK hit top gear at home to Falkirk to get their first league win of the season. The Glasgow side have now scored 80 points in two matches, showing that their attack is working well under head coach Peter Wright.

They are fifth in the fledgling table after this 44-17 triumph. The GHK tries in the first half coming from Walter Gilbert, Angus Lindsay and Nick Hurn with Jack Cuthbert kicking seven points. Falkirk scored just before the break to make it 22-17 to GHK though.

After the interval, GHK stepped things up a gear and did not concede a point whilst scoring 22 through tries from Ben Frame, Ben Hutton, Danny Campbell and Eddie Waller and two Cuthbert conversions.

Gordonians came up short at Pennypit, suffering a 32-19 loss to Preston Lodge; and Hamilton Bulls lost out 22-20 at Newton Stewart. The Bulls points came from two Josh White tries, one from Scott Alexander and a penalty and a conversion from Owen McLeish.

National League Division Two results –

GHK 44 Falkirk 17

Newton Stewart 22 Hamilton Bulls 20

Stewart’s Melville 19 Kirkcaldy 13

Dumfries Saints 83 Whitecraigs 12

Preston Lodge 32 Gordonians 19

Peebles 27 Glasgow Accies 0

 

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Dumfries Saints6600311852265029
GHK7520215143725227
Peebles RFC7520174138363124
Hamilton Bulls7430254187675223
Kirkcaldy RFC7430178129494222
Preston Lodge7331192201-95221
Newton Stewart733111311123219
Stewart's Mel642012012001118
Falkirk RFC7250178229-514113
Glasgow Accies7151101244-143208
Whitecraigs7151141307-166208
Gordonians7160113196-83105

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