Melrose hit back to knock Boroughmuir out of cup

Holders Melrose battled back to defeat Boroughmuir 36-28 in a cracking Scottish Cup first round tie in Edinburgh last night, writes Gary Heatly.

Jason Baggott of Melrose. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS/SRU

There were also wins for Stirling County, last year’s runners-up, and Jed-Forest, against Glasgow Hawks and Selkirk respectively.

At Meggetland, a break by Paddy Anderson caused the Boroughmuir defence problems and the Melrose forwards rumbled over for the opening try, converted by Jason Baggott.

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Muir got back into things with penalties in the 18th and 28th minutes by Gavin Parker to make it 7-6. An interception try by Kerr Gossman put the home side ahead. A penalty by Struan Hutchison for Melrose pulled things back to 11-10 at the break.

The hosts got off to a dream start to the second half, a penalty being followed up by a converted try to make it 21-10.

Melrose got it back to 21-17 through a converted Anderson try, but with 15 minutes left, were trailing 28-22. A try from Baggott, converted by Hutchison, put them a point up and a converted Iain Moody effort at the death sealed it.

At Bridgehaugh, Stirling County scored four second-half tries in a 27-12 win over Glasgow Hawks.

Jed-Forest beat Selkirk 18-10 at Riverside Park.