Currie took a massive step towards securing a place in the BT Premiership play-offs with a five-point haul against leaders Ayr in an engrossing contest, writes Colin Renton at Malleny Park.
There were numerous performances of note on both sides but the contribution that stood out in the Malleny Park gloom was that of rising star Blair Kinghorn. The teenage Edinburgh pro, pictured, touched down for two of Currie’s four tries and displayed calmness under pressure as well as an impressive turn of pace.
After a cagey opening, the game sparked into life in nine minutes when Kinghorn gathered a clearance and raced from deep inside his own 22, exchanged passes with James Semple, then sprinted in at the corner.
Ayr responded three minutes later when they stole a lineout in opposition territory and surged forward where the recycled ball found its way to hooker Lewis Anderson who plunged over. Frazier Climo added the extras.
Ayr’s second score was a fine solo effort by Junior Bulumkau whose power took him through one tackle before he rounded the final defender and dived over at the corner.
Semple clawed back three points with a penalty but Ayr’s riposte was another outstanding individual touchdown, this time from Climo who gathered on his own 10 metre line, burst through one tackle and sprinted in at the corner. Then he managed to harness the wind and slot the conversion.
However, by the break Currie were right back in the game after Semple banged over two more penalties to leave them 19-14 in arrears.
The hosts snatched the lead when skipper Ross Weston applied the final touch after a powerful drive following a lineout and Semple was on target with the conversion. The momentum was now with Currie and as they applied further pressure, Ayr’s Craig Gossman was shown a yellow card that proved to be costly for his side. In the winger’s absence, the hosts bagged two more tries.
The first came after a scrum five metres from the Ayr line when a clearance kick was charged down and Kinghorn reacted quickest to claim his second score of the afternoon.
And the teenager turned creator with 16 minutes to play when he gathered a kick and raced from his own half before releasing Ruaridh Smith who completed the job to secure the four-try bonus.
Ayr finished strongly but failed to add to their tally and ended the afternoon empty handed.