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Melrose 24 Murrayfield Wanderers 50

Result (home team first): 24 - 50
30-10-11 (L)

Melrose were left to rue a fatal ten minute spell at the start of the second half when an abeyance in tackling allowed the runaway league leaders to rattle in four tries which ultimately proved to be the difference between the teams. Any lapse of concentration is going to be punished at this level which is a pity because for the other 70 minutes of a fine open game Melrose had matched and traded scores with their illustrious opponents. The final score failed to do justice to a good effort from the home team who suffered a number of injuries but managed to reshuffle and regroup their limited resources to give “Wandies” a hard contest but finally had to settle for the single try scoring bonus point. Good possession won by the forwards saw the backs create enough space to exploit the pace of Lauren Harris who ran in four tries. In the end the visitors were just that bit sharper all round and deservedly hang on to their top spot but Melrose proved their right to be in this top tier.

Melrose scorers were Lauren Harris (4) and Nicola Halfpenny who converted two.

Melrose: E.Pate, L.Harris, G.Inglis, K.Cook, T.Elms, N.Halfpenny, L.Skeldon,  J.Hall, L.Purves, M.Maciver, M.Young, B.Todd, E.Hackney, L.Gilchrist, R.Wood. Subs: K McClements, L.Whillans, R McCann, D.Durham.


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