Sport in brief: All-Edinburgh final in Scottish Schools cup

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GEORGE Watson’s College and Merchiston will contest the final of the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Under 18 Cup at Murrayfield a week on Thursday.

At Inverleith, Stewart’s-Melville College came agonisingly close to victory but, ultimately, Watson’s forward strength decided the tie.

Stewart’s-Melville led 17-15 at the break with tries from winger Scott Murchie (2) and full back Ryan Frost and a conversion from Scott Docherty to tries for the Myresiders by props Mike Gillespie and Dougald Berisford and stand-off Adam Hastings. Watson’s added second-half tries by Berisford and wing Ben Robbins and a penalty from Hastings, Stewart’s-Melville scoring through wing Jamie Batho,

At Mayfield, a strong second half gave Merchiston a 33-0 win over Dundee High School. Merchiston had a 9-0 interval lead from three penalties by full-back Gavin Parker. But, in the second half, a hat-trick of tries by No.8 Magnus Bradbury and a touchdown from Parker, who kicked two conversions, gave the Colinton side a comfortable win.


Czech out the doubles

TOMAS Berdych and Radek Stepanek gave the Czech Republic a narrow lead in the Davis Cup final in Prague when they beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.

Berdych, pictured, will take on David Ferrer and Stepanek faces Nicolas Almagro in today’s decisive singles matches.


Derby win for Inverleith

INVERLEITH moved into fourth place in the men’s first division with a comfortable 5-1 win over Edinburgh neighbours Watsonians, with goals from Adam McKenzie (2), John Harris, Andrew Sinclair and Tom Cousins.

Glynhill Kelburne moved to the top of the table with a five-goal mauling of Western Wildcats, Jonny Christie (2), Alan Forsyth, Ben Peterson and Ed Greaves on target for the champions. Elsewhere, PSL Clydesdale beat AAM Gordonians 4-0 at Titwood.

n Cala Edinburgh’s run of good results in the women’s league came to an end when they went down 4-2 to champions Grove Menzieshill on Tayside. Inverleith claimed their first points in the top flight with a narrow 3-2 win over Grange.


Rocking the West Country

GLASGOW Rocks’ back-to-back weekend down south got off to a winning start last night as they won 97-84 at Plymouth Raiders.

Having been in front most of the game, Rocks still only led 79-76 with four minutes remaining but an 18-8 run ensured the Glasgow outfit a third straight BBL win.

Rocks’ Great Britain international Kieron Achara, who hardly missed a shot all game, led all scorers with 23 points. Plymouth’s Michael Ojo had 22 points.