The first group match in the Edinburgh Regional Shield brought welcome relief from the intensity of the League for Preston Lodge on Saturday and the visit to Dalkeith allowed the chance for some old bones to be rested while some much younger ones were tested.
It didn’t take long for hooker Calum Wilson to make his mark after the PL pack had dominated early possession and he was on the end of a Peter Johnston pass and able to barge his way over in the corner to score the opening try.
Two minutes later, it would be the turn of two of PL’s young stars to grab the limelight after Graeme Patterson had found some space down the left and found Blair Robertson in support. He confidently took the ball on and had plenty of time to send his midfield pal, Paul Glynn, clear with a pass that took a bit of controlling before he safely gathered and touched down under the posts. Patterson had no trouble with the conversion and PL were 0-12 up after only six minutes.
The rest of the half would not be so easy though as the massive Dalkeith pack would dominate the set piece and prevent PL from controlling any quality ball.
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