BHS came back off their Christmas lull with a bang last weekend having already played Earlston down at Eyemouth in January it was again Earlstons turn to travel away as they ventured out to BHS this time round.
At S1 level a huge amount of heart and commitment was shown throughout the game with the squad scoring 4 very strong tries, certain players are starting to put their hands up and lead from the front with a big display from the forwards and some speedy powerful, direct running from the backs.
the 4 tries were scored by Bruce Logan, Jordan Patterson x 2 and Liam all showed strength and even a turn of speed to get over the whitewash, with notable performances from Matthew Sanderson and Joseph Donkin to give a very respectable and worthy scoreline of 6 tries to 4 in favour of Earlston. Considering this score line was more than twice that in favour of Earlston at the start of the year shows just how far this young squad has came in a short space of time and with a little bit more training they will be a force to be reckoned with.
The S2 squad were sporting some brand new strips (Pictures Included) courtesy of Robertson's Bus Hire. A massive thank you to them for their continued support.
The match was, as the cliche goes, a game of two halves. With the first half being dominated by well drilled Earlston team, the second by a passionate display from Berwickshire schools.
The half started with an almost instant score from the Earlston No.12 clearly a player with bags of pace and a wicked step which was a thorn in the Duns side all day.
after a further Earlston score the game was brought back into a contest by a very opportunist score from Duncan Hardie, to the amazement of the crowd, a long kick down field from Rory Hamilton trickled into touch and was gathered by the Earlston winger, who tried to throw a quick line out to...someone... who he was aiming for is quite unknown and the ball was picked off by the ever alert Hardie who run in unopposed to score under the posts. Hamilton converting.
Earlston then scored again just before half time. At which time a quick talk about commitment and determination seemed to flick the switch.
Berwickshire Stormed out of the blocks and physically stepped up to their much larger opposition. Euan Wilson was fantastic in defense, along with Duncan Hardie, who played his first game of the season at flanker, usualy a 10, Duncan played like a man possessed, not only scoring but showing that the backs are not just the pretty boys of the team as he stuck in right to the end hitting tackle after tackle and ruck after ruck. Declan Renton also showed signs of strong aggressive running. In the backs Oscar Chapman looked very dangerous with ball in hand, with Gregor Murray back after a lengthy injury pulling the strings very well at 9.
The seconds try came from a swerving run from Lewis Heatley, who moved from center out to the wing with try scoring consequences, sheer pace took him clear of the cover tackle to score near the posts.
Almost straight from the kick off a long arching run from seconds row Joe Logan almost ended up in a score, to quote the late Bill McLaren Joe resembled a "Mad giraffe" as he galloped towards the corner flag only to get bundled into touch a yard out, another new player this season who is growing with every outing. Earlston were then gifted a soft score 5 minutes later which took them into a 4 tries to 2 lead.
The match was concluded by a final word from Berwickshire as the returning Rory Hamilton showed good power and pace to stretch over in the corner. Rory has been out for quite a while with injury and looked strong at half back with fellow returner Gregor Murray. other notable performances were Callum Rhind in the pack and Jacob Cross who came on at 2nd row and caused problems for the Earlston team whenever he was given any space. final score 24-17
A strong 2nd half performance which can hopefully be followed up this weekend.
At Under 15 level Berwickshire Schools took the Earlston scapl with a 4 try to 1 beating of their opponents in a fine team performance.
Tries came from their resident speed freak Zander Martin who (according to him) could have been SBW's on saturday...a debatable fact, however he still put in a strong performance at outside centre, showing pace and power in his running.
Captain Patrick Anderson was also on the score sheet with a score and 2 conversions. Pulling the strings well from stand off.
Battering ram Michael Thomson managed to grab a brace of tries to secure the victory, playing among a strong pack who dominated the contact area. Praise must go to George Hamilton and Screw Lamb for this teams fantastic form this season, taking some big names on and turning them over through grit and determined performances.
This week the lads are away to Gala Academy.