Eddie Pollock happy with win but frustrated over sin-binnings

STIRLING County coach Eddie Pollock confessed to feeling mixed emotions in the wake of a 32-24 triumph over West of Scotland at Burnbrae.

While delighted with the outcome, he said: "The big disappointment was seeing Craig Deacons and Bruce McFarlane ending up in the sin bin. Maybe it was because we hadn't played many games recently, but I thought the guys were being lazy and not rolling away from the tackle.

"I am not blaming the exchange referee from England (Wayne Fella] because he was excellent - the 20 minutes we spent with 14 men was our own doing.

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"Between times we controlled the match really well and dominated up front.

"I would say that our level of performance in the first 25 minutes was as high as I have seen all season, but our poor discipline allowed West to stay in the contest."

On his side's prospects for the rest of the season, Pollock added: "We are well placed now to stay in the top flight and one win from our final three games should be enough."

West coach Keith Robertson said: "County are a good side who know how to be clinical. We could only show what we could do in the last 20 minutes.

"We are now left with a battle to stay up and it is an uphill struggle. We are going to have to box cleverer."

Struan Robertson, Murray McDonald, Gordon McRorie and Alex Moffat made sure of the precious bonus point for County, while Brian Archibald kicked three conversions and penalty. Stuart Edwards weighed in with an opportunist drop-goal.

Watsonians edged out Selkirk 19-18 in a tense encounter at Myreside. Craig Sorbie emerged as the homester who mattered most, crossing the line for two tries. Grant Somerville snapped up their other effort, with Jamie Forbes converting twice.

Scott Hendry had two touchdowns for Selkirk, with David Cassidy slotting their other points. Edinburgh Accies had the boot of Ruaridh Bonner to thank as they sneaked past Gala 6-5 in a dour match at Netherdale. Tom Weir was in the right place at the right time to claim Gala's try.

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Aberdeen embarked on a second-half scoring spree at Rubislaw to bury Peebles 47-3. They only led by four points at the break, but clicked into gear in clinical fashion. Murray Douglas set the tone with two touchdowns, the rest coming from Stevie Aitken, Niall Shannon, Fraser Lyle and Martin Flaville, who also scored twice. Rob Aloe was also in fine form with the boot, while Neil Warnock clipped over the only Peebles penalty.

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