Rugby: Boroughmuir boost their survival hopes with six tries
Boroughmuir head coach Fergus Pringle insists Saturday’s six-try haul in a 40-20 RBS Premiership win over Dundee High has been some time in the making.
He is now urging his players to repeat their effort in the coming weeks as the Meggetland side bid to secure their top-flight survival.
Rob Cairns and Sep Visser had a try apiece and Sam Johnson bagged a double as ’Muir reached the interval with a 25-3 lead, Harry Leonard booting a penalty and a conversion, while Jack Steele landed a penalty for the visitors.
Steele converted a Richie Hawkins try early in the second half but Leonard was on target with a penalty before slotting the conversion after Stevie Wilson dotted down for Boroughmuir’s sixth try – Malcolm Clapperton having claimed the fifth – to seal ’Muir’s third win of the campaign.
Even late tries for Dundee from Brandyn Laursen and Steele failed to tarnish Pringle’s satisfaction with the efforts of his men.
“I was pretty happy with that performance. It was really a big game for us.
“I thought we set the platform with our defence and took the opportunities when they came our way,” said the coach, who believes the mood in the ’Muir camp has been on a more positive trajectory for some time.
“For me it changed a while ago, probably about six weeks ago, but we haven’t had a lot of league games to show that. We know we have turned things around on the training paddock, it’s just a case of showing it on the field,” he added.
While the result has hauled ’Muir to within striking distance of the teams immediately above them in the league table, Pringle knows that nothing has been achieved by one impressive performance, adding: “We wanted to get a result and the boys were really desperate to show that we have turned things around,” he stated.
“Obviously we have a lot of big games coming up but we want to take them one game at a time and this is a start.”
Elsewhere, Edinburgh Accies took a massive step towards safety and boosted their chances of securing a British & Irish Cup place with a gutsy 20-19 success over Melrose at the Greenyards.
Accies had tries from Dan Teague, Nyle Godsmark and Iain Berthinussen, plus a conversion and penalty by Ruaridh Bonner as they rallied after trailing at half-time to build a lead before holding off a late fight back by the Borderers.
Haddington posted their third win of the Championship B campaign when they saw off Perthshire 32-12 at Neilson Park. Although still occupying a relegation play-off spot, Haddington are now within striking distance of the teams above them, with a trip to face basement side Morgan Academy next on the schedule.
Meanwhile, Watsonians remain second behind Hawick in the RBS National League but a 24-10 defeat at home to Capital rivals Stewart’s Melville on Friday night has dealt another blow to their chances of securing a return to the Premiership.
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