BORDERS SEMI-JUNIOR LEAGUE
A DOMINANT PSA side kicked off their league campaign with an excellent victory at Haylodge Park.
Playing into a strong wind, the Hawick side’s pack immediately took control of both scrum and lineout, but strong Peebles defending kept the score at nil.
The young Teries were creating opportunities but their execution was poor, with dropped passes or turnovers in the ruck and maul causing frustration. Eventually the try came from a ruck in the Peebles 22, Kirk Ford receiving the ball and with the home defence expecting it to be passed along the line, Ford stepped inside and crossed for an excellent solo touchdown.
There was no more scoring before half-time, although Peebles were pinned in their 22 for long periods.
Now with the wind at their backs, PSA started to kick behind the Peebles defence and with scrum and lineout still one-way traffic, a score was inevitable. Jordan White driving over from close range for a well-deserved try.The conversion was unsuccessful.
It was all PSA, with the hosts unable to get their hands on the ball except for the odd PSA lapse in concentration. But even then all Peebles could muster was a kick-and-chase which was snuffed out by the Teri defence.
PSA’s third score came from a lineout on the Peebles 10m line, from where the ball was caught and the maul driven upfield, tying in all the Peebles defenders, allowing Gavin Blair to run in unopposed for a great forwards’ try. The kick was missed from the touchline.
That was the end of the scoring and although Peebles rallied late on, the Hawick defence stood firm to secure a great start to the season.