Sat 05
1st XV
R Combe, L Wichary
M Smith
Berwick 38 Lasswade 12

Berwick 38 Lasswade 12

By Richard Payne
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A promising start but a bit of a rout later on

Berwick and Lasswade started this fixture with near identical statistics from their first four league games. For the first 30 minutes it looked as if it was going to stay that way. Lasswade scored after 10 minutes of being slightly on top and the half hour had passed before Berwick took the lead but after that things unravelled for the visitors as their hosts ran in four tries before the interval and three more in the second half to just one in reply.

Lasswade enjoyed some dominance of possession and territory in the early exchange but it was a counter attack from their own 22 started by Robertson and finished off by Coomb that opened the scoring with the conversion falling short.

Berwick came alive in the next twenty minutes closing up their defence and showing some strong running especially amongst their backs. It was their forwards though that opened their account with a catch and drive from a short range lineout touched down by Melrose and converted by Webster.

By not committing too many players to the breakdown, the Berwick side all too easily created overlaps for their speedy backs and tries followed for Trotter and Hill numbers 13 and 14
respectively and Melrose added the extra points for a fairly comfortable 21-5 half-time lead.

The second period began in much the same vein when Hindhaugh finished off a breakout that started in the home 22 followed a few minutes later by an attempted clearance being charged down in the Lasswade 22 and touched down by Hill again.

The visitors stemmed the flow and regained some pride in the last quarter hour when Andy Hall found space and chipped ahead for Wichary to win the chase and touch down under the posts for Smith to make it 31-12.

Virtually from the restart, Berwick restored their lead with a try from Gilchrist and a final conversion from Melrose.

This Saturday Lasswade welcome West of Scotland to Hawthornden. In the League Cup away trip at the start of the season Lasswade took the honours 14-61. The Milngavie based team have since lost the last four of the five league games to date. With added home advantage this is a must win for the hosts. Kick-off 3pm.

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Sat 05, Oct 2019




Tennents National League Division 3

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