Rose in full bloom for Co-optimists

Boroughmuir back-row Andy Rose went a long way to securing himself a spot in the Scotland club international squad for their matches after the new year following a great showing for the Co-optimists yesterday.

He may have only been on the pitch for 49 minutes at Raeburn Place, but Rose put in a dynamic openside showing as the select side defeated the hosts Edinburgh Accies 31-14.

Rose was one of many Edinburgh-based players looking to impress club international coach Ally Donaldson ahead of matches with Ireland and France in early 2012, after the Co-ops kindly gave them permission to run the rule over possible caps in this match.

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And as well as Rose, Currie’s James Johnstone continued to show that he is the in-form back in club rugby at the moment, and his Malleny Park team mate Dougie Fife was explosive in the centre.

The Co-ops led 17-7 at the break thanks to tries from second-row Murray Douglas, winger Callum Anderson and Fife. Accies’ first half points came through a converted Josh Pecqueur try.

The Co-ops’ two second-half scores came through Heriot’s back-row Fraser Brown, who was on as a replacement, and captain Sean Crombie, who is the Boroughmuir hooker.

Accies’ second try came from “on loan” Scotland under-20 player Alex Henderson, with Ruairidh Bonner converting.