Boroughmuir 12

Southern Knights 31

David Morrison

at Meggetland

THE monkey has finally been driven from the back of Southern Knights as they deservedly picked up their first win of the Super 6 campaign.

High winds and heavy rain made for awful playing conditions on Friday evening in the capital.

But it was the Borders team who adapted quickest by storming into a 12-point lead.

Gavin Wood raced onto Struan Hutchison’s clever kick to the corner for the opening try in the 20th minute.

Just eight minutes later Ewan Mcquillan powered his way over the line following a poor attempted clearance from the home team.

Jason Baggot made it 12-0 with the conversion.

Just before the break Boroughmuir managed to get on the scoreboard as Jordan Edmonds crashed over during a line-out drive.

Laidlaw made it 12-7 with the kick.

With the wind at their backs, though, the Knights re-established their advantage early in the second half as Russell Anderson completed a line-out drive in the corner.

Baggot again was accurate with the conversion.

Boroughmuir came powering back with Ewan Stewart finishing off some powerful carries by the pack.

The Knights, though, finished strongly in the final quarter.

Mcquillan muscled his way over from close range.

And in the closing minutes Joseph Jenkins completed the visitors’ scoring with a fifth try.

Knights head coach Rob Chrystie believes the win was down to his squad’s hard work and determination during their barren opening months.

He said: “The players have worked extremely hard behind the scenes to make sure we improve.

“We’ll not get carried away as we know we have to continue improving as a group.”

Southern Knights: F Thomson, C Whyte, J Jenkins, G Wood, P Anderson; J Baggott, S Hutchison; G Shiells, R Anderson, E Mcquillin, C Young, A Runciman, R Knott, D Taylor & J Head. Reps: B Colvine, T Galbraith, F Renwick, S Gunn, D Redpath & C Crookshank.