MURRAYFIELD Wanderers outscored Watsonians by three tries to one but still ended 22-19 losers in last night’s Edinburgh Regional Cup match at Murrayfield.
Injury-hit Watsonians had to thank scrum-half Brian Walls for their victory, the former Musselburgh player slotting five penalty goals and the conversion of the Myresiders’ only try by winger Jamie Niven.
For Wanderers, outside centre Alex Cox ran in two tries – the other touchdown coming from Murray Johnstone. Wanderers also had conversions from Cox and Liam Thomas.
In the other game in the east of Scotland, Biggar cruised to a 76-5 win over Lasswade, while in the west Hamilton out-muscled Cartha QP 37-18. At Anniesland, Glasgow Hawks were 22-6 winners over Greenock Wanderers with tries from replacement hooker Callum Kerr (2), scrum-half Paddy Bowyer and left wing Jono Wright. At Hughenden Hillhead/Jordanhill beat Ardrossan Accies 40-0.
Meanwhile, victory today in their RBS West Regional Cup tie with GHA would see Ayr become the first side to retain the Bill McLaren Shield for four home matches and have their name engraved on the trophy. Sylvain Diez, David Young and Peter McCallum have all been given starting berths.
Ayr skipper Calum Forrester and club international Scott Sutherland are rested for the tie, which kicks off at 12.30pm, with young talent Danny McCluskey brought on to the bench.
GHA, who lead RBS Championship A, will be underdogs at Millbrae, but with experienced players such as Andy Henderson and Hefin O’Hare in their ranks will be out to cause a shock.
Last week both teams started the event with a win, Ayr over Hillhead/Jordanhill and GHA against Ardrossan Accies.
Elsewhere in the West section, Dumfries take on Whitecraigs and West of Scotland travel to Dalziel.
In the RBS Edinburgh Regional Cup, Haddington face Musselburgh while the Stewart’s Melville v Heriot’s tie has been postponed.