Rbs Premier A Review: Round 4

Stirling County are showing a continued threat in RBS Premier A which is growing stronger every weekend.

On Saturday they welcomed Gala to Bridgehaugh and beat the borderers, 24-18, their seventh consecutive home win in the premiership.

Winger Graham Lindsay, centre Danny Gilmour and hooker Alex Moffat all scored tries for the hosts with their efforts complemented on all occasions by centre Brian Archibald. Archibald also knocked over a single penalty.

 

Centre Lee Millar scored one try for the visitors and winger Craig Robertson scored two, but the difference in the score line was down to a lack of conversions from Gala. Millar kicked one penalty.

Stirling County head coach, Graeme Young, said: “I’m really pleased with the win, the effort the players are putting in is great and they have come on significantly since the start of the season.

“I’m particularly impressed by the work of our back-row and Alex Moffat; he is getting better and better every week. We have also had a number of personnel changes in recent weeks, but every player who has come in has acquitted themselves well and understood our game plan.

“We are taking heart from beating everyone in the league at least once apart from Boroughmuir, but we’re still to play them again.

Elsewhere in the league, Melrose are inching ever closer to a successful defence of the RBS Premier A title after beating Currie 26-22 at Malleny Park on Saturday and reclaiming the Bill McLaren Shield.

A try apiece for full-back Fraser Thomson and winger Joe Helps plus six successful kicks from Andrew Skeen (two conversions and four penalties) was enough to see out the host’s three tries from Loma Kivalu, who scored two, and Fraser Strachan. They now sit at the top six points ahead of Dundee HSFP in second.

Melrose head coach, Craig Chalmers, said: “We have had a couple of tough games in recent weeks and our victories have been hard-fought against our British and Irish Cup counterparts, Ayr and Currie. 

“There is still a long way to go in the league. We have to win all the games from here on out.”

Ayr and Boroughmuir also recorded wins on Saturday in front of home crowds.

Ayr ended Dundee’s winning run in RBS Premier A beating the east coasters 24-13. It was a spirited forwards display which saw flanker John Willis, lock Colin White, and scrum-half Murray McConnell, who finished off a series of pick and goes, all cross the whitewash. Winger Andy Wilson converted all the tries and added one further penalty. The scorers for Dundee were Cameron Wyper with a try and Cam Brown with a conversion and two penalties.

Finally, Boroughmuir and Aberdeen Grammar went head-to-head at Meggetland to fight it out at the bottom of the table. Boroughmuir came out on top recording their first win of the New Year with four tries to their name. Hooker Sean Crombie scored on two occasions followed by centre Malcolm Clapperton and no. 8 Iain Moody. Erland Oag was the scorer for the visitors.  The final score was 27-7