After losing to Murrayfield last week on league duty, Musselburgh had the opportunity for early revenge in the shape of an Edinburgh Regional Cup encounter at Stoneyhill.
Injuries dictated six Burgh changes from last week, giving a debut to French flanker Quentin Berthonnaud, with Scott Walls making a rare appearance at scrum half in the position once filled by his brother Brian.
Murrayfield scrum half Beattie got proceedings under way and soon set the visitors on the offensive. Burgh appeared to be making another slow start as drives by props Hastings and Anderson backed by Bayliss and Cox gave Wanderers the early edge.
The visiting pack was on top, and in Lyons and McFarlane, they had canny lineout operators winning plenty of possession.
Wanderers’ centres Cox and Hardie, as in recent matches, were testing Burgh’s defence and were ably backed by winger Bayliss. Musselburgh have not made such a lacklustre start to a match all season, and for virtually the first quarter were unable to get out of their own half.
The inevitable score duly arrived when, following a recycled ball, winger Bayliss went over for the opening try, which was converted by Beattie for 0-7 and a richly deserved lead for the visitors.
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