A poor start seen Jed 14 – 0 down after 5 minutes after the Stew Mel 7 broke through only to be stopped by desperate scramble defence but after several more phases Smellie smashed over for the first try converted by Haining. Stew Mel extended the lead to 14 points when Full Back Liam Steele broke the line and put his winger away under the posts. After this Jed woke up and after several spoiled lineouts in the Smellie 22, Lewis Young
scored in the corner only for the referee to overrule the touch judge to deny Jed the try. Several minutes later from a scrum on the Smellie 5 Metre line, Ross Goodfellow
went over in the same corner but this was chalked off as the referee ran into Goody over the line and called interference. From the reset scrum Smellie were penalised for offside infront of the posts and Iain Chisholm
converted the penalty to make the Score 14-3 to Stew Mel.
Jed started to dominate the game both upfront and outwide with Robert Hogg
and Nua Fono-Hunt keeping the Smellie defence on their toes. And after 25 mins Lewis Young
went round his man to score out wide. Conversion was good from Chisholm. Stew Mel went on the attack again and on the half hour mark Jack Sudlow
was sent to the sin bin for not rolling away.
Straight from the kick off Stew Mel were on the score board again after Ross Goodfellow
thought he had plenty time coming back on the ball and a lucky bounce gifted the Smellie 13 with a converted try. Another controversial moment in the game occurred after heavy pressure from Stew Mel, Chisholm tried to clear but was charged down with the ball bouncing into the in goal Lewis Young
dived on the ball and ran for a quick 22 but the referee and his touch judges seemed adamant that if this happens it’s a five metre scrum to Stew Mel. The resulting scrum ended with a try in the blind side corner for the stew mel winger.
A turn over from the kick off seen Fono-Hunt make a half break to offload to Elder who carried well. The ball was recycled and quick hands from the backs put Lewis Young
away down the stand side who gave the scoring pass to Chisholm to score in the corner. Chisholm converted his own try.
A kick off catch and clearance followed by a Glen Young
line out steal had Stew Mel pinned in their own 22. Ross Goodfellow
charged down Haining and the ball fell nicely into his hands to score in the far left corner. Conversion was missed. At this point Jed were driven and desperate an offside penalty on the 22 was converted by Chisholm to make the score 31 – 25 to Stew Mel with only 10 minutes to go. Great work from the forwards driving Smellie off their own scrum ball gave Jed a chance to attack. The ball was shifted wide and held up for Lewis Young
to hit a gaping hole and score under the posts leaving an easy conversion for Chisholm. Jed kept up the pressure in the Stew Mel half and a last knock on gave Jed the win.
The forwards were superb in the set piece and the backs hands were slick. With the ground hardening up Jed played at a pace that is hard to cope with for any team.