Stewart’s Melville too strong for Musselburgh

Musselburgh v Stewart's Melville FP

Musselburgh v Stewart's Melville FP

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Musselburgh were back in action for the first time in three weeks for what was originally scheduled as a home fixture, but with Stoneyhill still unplayable, both clubs agreed to switch venue to Inverleith.

Stewart’s stand-off Trotter got proceedings underway and both sides originally showed eagerness to attack, with Lance Gahan for Musselburgh and the home centres Lingard and Marshall breaking to good effect.

A series of penalties early in the match awarded against Musselburgh served to give good field position to the hosts and following lock Fraser Morrison taking an attacking line-out several drives to the line resulted in Scott Brewster going over for the opening unconverted try and 5-0.

Musselburgh produced a commendable reaction to going behind and spirited play by Lamb and Lovett was complimented by neat play by scrum-half Ritchie.

Play was fairly fluid at this stage although the packs were evenly matched with Hutson and Lamb talking well and scavenging for loose ball on the ground.

The home pack however appeared to gain a series of penalties often when the Burgh pack appeared to be on the front foot. When Stewart’s did move the ball they had dangerous runners in centres Lingard and Marshall who were being serviced by scrum-half MacDonald, who was playing well.

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