Boroughmuir Bears 71; Murrayfield Wanderers 2nd XV 15
For the second time this season, the Boroughmuir Bears had to forfeit home advantage in order to fulfil a fixture, due to the Meggetland pitches being unplayable. Unlike the Forrester fixture three weeks ago though, the match was played on a near perfect surface at Murrayfield and with not one parasitic worm to be seen on the 4G pitch.
The Bears enjoyed a comfortable win in November in the away fixture against Wandies. However, the Bears were not complacent going into the game, with the focus on recording another win and retaining top spot in the league.
There were a couple of first outings in a Bears shirt this season for forwards Darren Miller and Liam Black, who have both struggled with injuries in the past few months. In the backs Stu Currie returned at full-back for his first game in a few months as well.
The Bears started the game at a ferocious pace and produced quick ball from the ruck, which after five minutes, allowed scrum-half Ed Zuiderent to burst through a gap to score the opener. Centre Rory Scott slotted the conversion.
Frank “The Fijian Tank” Yawayawe was back in the Bears fold, after a few weeks of being demoted to the seconds! In the earlier season fixture, Frank had scored four tries after terrorising the Wandies backs. He was on similar form in the first half and scored a couple of excellent individual efforts, either side of his fellow wing Malcolm Jack’s score. Polar opposites in almost every sense, (age, pace, eyesight, hair styles etc etc), both wingers were very effective in the first half. It was great to see Jack score his first try in what he believes to be five years, especially after solid games versus Peebles and Forrester.
The try bonus point was secured by the twenty minute mark but the Bears refused to let up and full-back Currie hit the line at speed to score. Shortly after this, Frank worked his magic once more and looked to be cantering in for his hat-trick, but in a blatant display of jug avoidance offloaded to prop Richard Marshall who was in close support.
The returning duo of Miller and Black rounded off the first half try-scorers for the Bears and the half-time score was 54-0.
Coach Kev Robertson and Manager Goggs Laidlaw were full of praise for their teams performance in the first half and asked for more of the same in the second half. With a strong replacements bench at his disposal, Coach Kev made two changes in the back-row, Myles Skirving and Roy Stewart being replaced by Luke Tarry and Greg Jones.
Early in the second half, Frank was back to his usual tricks, this time off-loading with the try line beckoning to replacement prop Ross Smith. With two counts of Jug-avoidance Frank Yawayawe had firmly secured the Dick of the Day award!
Wandies were much more competitive in the second half, as the Bears lost their shape and concentration at times. The set-piece was also a problem area in the second half for the Bears, especially the scrum. Wandies used this to their advantage and scored three unconverted tries from close-out.
The Bears managed to add to their tally as well. Firstly hooker Miller was able to power through the Wandies defence after some good build up play in the twenty-two, to secure another try. Then, with not long left, the Wandies backs tried to launch a counter attack close to their line. An ill-judged pass from one-time Bear Neil Kemp was plucked out of the air by opposite number Rory Scott, who cantered in for an intercept try.
When the referee blew the whistle, the final score was 71-15 to the Boroughmuir Bears.
With another “home” win in the bag and Peebles beating closest rivals RHC on Saturday, the Bears sit on top of the RBS Reserve League East 1 with a five point lead. The squad will now turn their attention to a crunch match against RHC on 1st March. This game is a home fixture and the Bears will hope they can make home advantage pay, and effectively secure the league title at the same time.
‘Mon the Bears!
Tries: Ed Zuiderent, Frank Yawayawe (2), Malcolm Jack, Stuart Currie, Richard Marshall, Liam Black, Darren Miller (2), Ross Smith, Rory Scott
Convs: Rory Scott (7), Chris Evans (1)
15. Stu Currie, 14. Malcolm Jack, 13. Chris Whitelock, 12. Rory Scott, 11. Frank Yawayawe, 10. Derek Murray, 9. Ed Zuiderent , 8. Liam Black, 7. Roy Stewart, 6. Myles Skirving, 5. Andy Clark, 4. Rod Hutchison (c), 3. Sandy Hewitt, 2. Darren Miller, 1. Richard Marshall
Replacements: Ross Smith, Lewis Robinson, Derek McLeod, Andy Hood, Luke Tarry, Greg Jones, Chris Evans, Elliot Wynn-Higgins, Andrew Wildgoose
Pictures Courtesy of Matt "The Lens" Walker