BT Premiership: Currie 20 - 13 Melrose

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A BARNSTORMING solo try by flanker Travis Brooke was the difference between the teams that won it for Currie to end a three-match losing sequence.

The blindside broke free around the halfway line and charged all the way to the try line, leaving a host of defenders trailing in his wake.

Melrose coach John Dalziel admitted the try was the “killer blow” that meant his team would not build on last week’s home victory over defending champions Heriot’s.

Currie had gone in at half-time 10-3 down. A Joe Reynolds penalty was their only reply to a try, conversion and penalty by Melrose winger Joe Helps.

In the second half, after Helps missed a relatively easy penalty that would have extended the Borderers’ lead, Currie began to claw back the deficit with a try from a classic lineout and maul combination. It was skipper Ross Weston who got the touchdown at the bottom of the heap, with the conversion bringing the teams level.

Then came Brooke’s inspired effort that left Melrose playing catch up for the final quarter. Helps added a penalty that rescued the bonus point, but otherwise made no impression on a defence that was rock solid all afternoon.