Musselburgh scrape through a scrappy encounter

Haddington RFC v Musselburgh RFC

Haddington RFC v Musselburgh RFC

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The late autumnal cup tournament continued apace as Burgh made the short trip to face County rivals Haddington for what proved as always to be a spicy derby match.

Musselburgh for the second consecutive week, rang the changes in personnel as Ritchie returned at scrum half, Willie Todd at stand-off for David O’Hagan and Jonathan Hall started at prop in place of Hutchison who was on the bench. The most curious change in the side was the inclusion of Gus Milton at flanker showing his versatility as he is normally deployed at centre.

Haddington kicked off and Nick Bell soon set his pack in motion with Davis, Berber and Cockburn to the fore in the early exchanges. The home side, with the prevailing wind attacked and only fine tackling by Fleming, Berthonnaud and Andrew Cook, as always managed to repel them.

Burgh, having made what could be described as a slow start, suddenly stung Haddington in the most clinical fashion, a great entirely typical, barrelling run by Lance Gahan bursting the home defence, before releasing James Murray for the first try of the match, which was unconverted for 0-5.

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