Murrayfield Wanderers 58
Hawick Linden 10
Linden made the trip to Murrayfield on Saturday and took on Wanderers on the 3G pitch in the shadows of the National stadium. It was cold and wet with the rain turning heavy during the game but thankfully the artificial surface ensured there were no mud bath conditions.
The Royal Blues got off to a promising start, dominating the early possession and playing with great control. Reward came with a well-struck Kirk Ford penalty goal, and Linden were on the attack again when turnover ball on halfway was ruthlessly capitalised on by Wanderers as they went over for a converted try.
Their speedy winger crossed for his second touchdown for a 14-3 lead after 22 minutes. Just after the half-hour, Peter Drysdale was yellow carded as Murrayfield drove a lineout to the line, and while he was off, three further tries took the half-time score to 31-3.
Drysdale returned just before the break and looked likely to score after a powerful break but a clip to his ankle broke his stride enough for him to be caught with the line agonisingly in sight.
The more physical home pack started to exert themselves in the second period, but it did not deter the young Linden side who continued to play rugby when they had possession. James Hogg was extremely unlucky as the home stand-off dropped a pass, Hogg kicked on and was certain to score but the referee had blown immediately for the knock-on.
The visitors weren’t denied for too long as Simon Spalding plunged over after a tap penalty and Ford converted.
The home team had the final say, though, as they added further scores to secure a 58-10 win.
Peter Drysdale was outstanding in the pack well, supported by his youthful comrades. Kirk Ford was the pick of the backs especially after switching to stand-off.