Linden wounded by medics

Hawick Linden.............13

Edinburg Uni Medics...34

The Linden failed to secure their first rugby win of the season at a sun-kissed Wilton Lodge Park, as Edinburgh University Medics were just that bit tighter around the breakdown and direct in their running, emerging as deserved victors.

Linden cheaply coughed up the kick-off to hand the students possession and territory which they dominated for the early part of the game.

The Royal Blues eventually found their way to the other end of the field and won a penalty in front of the posts which they chose to run but came to nothing.

The Medics went ahead in 23 minutes with a converted try, while Kieran Murphy responded with a penalty goal for the Linden.

Thompson was on the end of an overlap to touch down for a second time for the students.

With the last play of the half, Thompson made another break before being well tackled just short of the try line.

A forward picked and drove over but Gavin Stirling did well to get under the ball and prevent downward pressure.

However, the referee awarded a try, and this appeared to knock some heart out of the home team as they were 17-3 behind at the break.

Edinburgh scored another try eight minutes into the second period but, five minutes later, the Linden hit back.

After a couple of tap penalties and some phase play, Matthew Bell benefited from the overlap created to race over.

The city team added two more tries before the Linden had the final word, when Murphy took a quick penalty and shot over.

Disappointment for the Linden that they couldn’t exert the control they would have liked on the game.

Euan Wood had an encouraging first start at scrum-half and John Frew was, once again, full of determined running, always posing a threat when in possession.

Reece Hartdegen and Connor Tofts worked hard up front with sound support from the Hair twins.