Plenty of effort, but Blacks fall just short

BERWICK 27

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 08:59 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 10:39 am

PERTHSHIRE 33

After last week’s lacklustre performance the spectators were treated to a polar oppositewith both sides trying to play running rugby.

The game kicked off and after a few minutes Berwick Old Boy Gary Holborn who was lining up for his current side Perthshire gave away an early penalty by not rolling away.

Berwick signalled their intent for tries by kicking down the touchline which was quickly followed by a good catch and drive.

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The Scremerston lads were playing with passion and the pressure eventually gave up a penalty opportunity which Jack Webster converted to give Berwick the early lead 3-0.

Perthshire immediately showed how dangerous they could be by getting a try almost straight away. The restart was retained and then after a few phases full back Miller burst through to score. The conversion from Clow was a formality and the score was 3-7 to Perthshire.

Berwick continued to play open rugby and this attacking verve was punished with Perthshire scoring an interception try. Webster tried a longer pass which winger Zropf snatched out of the air to run in easily. The conversion was missed though and so Perthshire had made it 3-12. Both sides continued to run the ball and next up it was Berwick’s turn to score.

A solid scrum from Berwick provided the platform for the ball to be moved along the line. Lee Douglas showed great awareness by cutting back inside to cut through a gap before fending off a couple of would be tackles to stretch over the line to score. The conversion was missed but Berwick had closed the gap to 8-12 again.

Perthshire got the next points with a penalty from Clow to make it 8-15.

The next attacking chance came from Berwick through winger Jordan Brown. It was a straight forward run up the line but his pace caught everyone by surprise including the support who managed to knock on after Brown had made a good 30m.

The crowd didn’t have to wait long for the next score though. Another solid scrum from Berwick again allowed the forwards to move forward and then with a quick ruck the ball was moved along the backline where centre Tommy McColl was able to break through to dot down. Webster slotted the conversion and the game was all tied at 15 points each.

It was Perthshire’s turn to put some pressure on Berwick and they were rewarded with a penalty and a try. The try came first after some good interplay amongst the Perthshire backs created the narrowest of gaps out wide for full back Miller to squeeze into. The conversion came off the posts but soon after Berwick offered a penalty chance which was taken by Clow. This brought the half time score to 15-23.

The entertainment continued in the second half. Berwick played much the better rugby in the early minutes and eventually the pressure told. After a series of attacks on the line Perthshire were penalised with Jamie Pick taking a quick tap penalty to dart over before the defence could regroup. The conversion was good from Webster and brought Berwick right back to 22-23.

The excitement continued with both sides mounting good attacking moves. Berwick conceded another try after a series of rucks created space out wide in the back with Rae touching down. The conversion was missed but Perthshire led 22-28.

The game swung back in Berwick’s favour through a number eight pick up from Gilchrist was quickly out to centre Tom Riddell who was able to break through before allowing Gareth Hill the glory of finishing the move off for the try. The conversion was missed but the score was 27-28. Perthshire then had the best spell of the game for them and after scoring a try through Andy Jack to make the score 27-33 they squeezed out the last few minutes with some forward pick and go’s to eat up the clock. Berwick just couldn’t get the ball back and the final whistle brought the curtain down on an entertaining game 27-33.