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Boroughmuir :19 - Currie :67

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A View from the Touchline – BT Premier League: 11.3.17

Boroughmuir 19 pts (t 3, c 2) v Currie 67 pts (t 10, c 7, pg 1)

Those who travelled the short distance to our near neighbours at Meggetland on this mild spring day witnessed a convincing Currie win. The scintillating performance gave Currie the points that they required for a place in the Premiership play-offs, and extended their season for at least another match; be it after yet another three week gap with no rugby. Who the hell organises such a fiasco? Thankfully, the Currie result also helped to ease the pain of those rather disastrous proceedings further south, at Twickenham!

It was anticipated that Boroughmuir would still be smarting following their last-minute exit from the Cup at Stirling County on the previous weekend. It was also obvious from Currie’s dynamic start, that Ben Cairns had primed his team for a backlash which did not really materialise until the closing stages, when the good-sized crowd could only speculate on what could have been if a below-strength ‘Muir had been on song from the start. Within a few minutes Jamie Forbes was putting his controlling stamp on the game with some elusive running, precision positional kicking and accurate passing that put his runners into space.

The excellent Stephen Ainslie galloped twenty metres through a gap as the home team did their best to slow the rampant Currie attacks. An unfortunate tip-tackle and yellow card for lively scrumhalf Sam Johnson did not help matters, and ‘Muir were forced to defend the resulting penalty lineout. Stephen Ainslie secured the throw-in and the pack drove over for Ross Weston to score after four minutes of play. Jamie Forbes converted the try which started a festival of fast open rugby that registered the bonus point before halftime.

After another forward drive and unconverted try from Graham Carson, Boroughmuir did mount a series of assaults from which they were unlucky not to score, but a stout Currie defence frustrated their efforts and when Scott McGinlay executed a turned-over, ‘Muir were ripped apart by Jamie Forbes and Robbie Nelson, who took a return pass for a try at the other end; the writing was on the wall for the Meggetland team! Jamie Forbes converted this and the next try from prop John Cox, who steamed in from 25 metres, or was that 50 metres?

With fifteen minutes to the break, Currie had hit their purple patch with some wonderful back-up play and exquisite handling at lightning speed; this was all top-drawer stuff. Ben Robbins bagged what must be a contender for the ‘try of the season’; the ball went three-quarters the length of the pitch and through six pairs of hands for a corner flag finish. This was not converted, but Jamie Forbes did add a penalty goal that followed a fine ‘Muir try scored by Greg Cannie; Chris Laidlaw converted to give the home team some hope and a little confidence for the second half.
Halftime Score – Boroughmuir 7 pts, Currie 34 pts
After the break, Currie resumed at the same tempo: they were well aware of ‘Muir’s fighting spirit which had gained them success with gutsy second half performances this season. Currie wasted an early chance when the ball was not moved to a three-man overlap, but the one-way traffic continued. Within fifteen minutes a further three converted Currie tries had been scored through Ross Weston, Robbie Nelson and Harvey Elms; ‘Muir were struggling to stay in the game.

Now at full fitness, scrumhalf Matt O’Neil was back to his industrious best, distributing with speed and accuracy as well as being on hand to link with Currie’s many flowing moves; his final inside pass to Harvey Elms was intelligent play that guaranteed the fullback’s try under the posts. As Currie emptied their bench, the replacement players started to make their mark; it was good to see Ruairidh Young return after his long period of injury. Dan Marek, was prominent and gobbled up the metres with carries that helped to keep his team moving forward. As the Currie score sailed past the fifty points mark, ‘workhorse’ Mike Vernel was instrumental in assisting Ross Weston to his hat-trick with try number nine. The tenth try was not far behind; it was another peach. Jamie Forbes put Matt Hooks into space; the big centre accelerated for the corner flag to crown his excellent afternoon’s performance. With less than ten minutes remaining, minds were turning towards TV coverage of the 6 Nations tussle, but ‘Muir remained focussed and started to get their act together. In the space of a few minutes Rob Cairns and Jordon Edmunds had crossed the Currie line, but it was much too late for any rescue mission. Currie now travels to the Greenyards for a play-off semi-final match on Saturday 1st April. IJS,12.3.17.

Updated 12/03/2017 by Ian Gidney