MELROSE’S poor form in the British & Irish Cup went on when they were comprehensively beaten by Welsh side Llandovery, writes Caio Iwan at Church Bank.
But the Borderers, who currently lie fourth in the RBS Premiership, reduced the margin of their defeat thanks to two late tries.
It was the home side, an equivalent fourth in the Principality Building Society Welsh Premiership, who soared into a 27-0 lead at the interval with stand-off James Garland converting each of their five tries.
The best was saved for last after a well-worked move among the backs was finished off by winger Aaron Warren, which gave the hosts a 34-point margin, with Melrose yet to get on the scoresheet.
Llandovery’s dominance was forcing the visitors into making mistakes, which led to the game’s first of three yellow cards.
Melrose flanker Hamish Watson was yellow-carded for killing the ball before his opposite number Shaun Miles was also binned. Llandovery’s Matthew Jacobs was then given ten minutes in the bin and Melrose, who had the cold south Wales wind behind them in the second half, managed to claw back some points in the final few passages.
Tries from scrum-half Bruce Colvine and full-back Fraser Thomson, left, gave the visitors a more respectable scoreline.
Melrose welcome Doncaster Knights in the competition next week, knowing that even a bonus point win would not be enough to see them through to the next round.