Rosie's second try earns late win for Berwick RFC
Berwick secured a gutsy and hard fought win over Forrester in the BT East Regional Division at Scremerston on Saturday.
Berwick began well, pressurising the Forrester line and were awarded a penalty in front of the post that was easily dispatched by Webster to give them an early three-point lead.
Soon after the restart Berwick stole the ball and after some fine passing it was Nathan Trotter who off-loaded a terrific pass to Aidan Rosie who scored a fine unconverted try in the corner.
Then it was Forrester’s turn to attack Berwick’s line and after a couple of missed tackles their number 10 touched down under the posts to score and leave a simple conversion to make the score 8-7 to Berwick.
It was Berwick who scored next and a fine forwards drive resulted in captain Black crossing the line for a converted try.
Berwick should have been looking to go into the interval with a comfortable lead, however, indiscipline cost them dearly and from scoring a try until the interval, Berwick gave away two simple penalties, meaning that they went into the half-time break with a narrow 15-13 lead.
Indiscipline continued to haunt the home side at the start of the second half and shortly after the kick-off they gave away another penalty that the Forrester number 10 slotted over from the touch line to give the visitors the lead for the first time in the game.
But Berwick fought back and after a number of infringements it was Forrester who gave away a penalty in front of the posts that Webster converted to put the home side two points ahead.
Forrester were still pushing for victory and they continued to attack at every opportunity, and their persistence was rewarded when they scored a try in the corner to take a 21-18 lead with only seven minutes left.
But credit to the Berwick team who did not let their heads go down, and after a fine take from Scott Owens from the kick-off, they went on the hunt for the score that would give them victory.
And it was young Rosie who kept a cool head and dived over in the corner in the last movement to give Berwick the narrowest of victories.
Both teams can take a lot of positives from the game and Berwick will be particularly pleased by the fine performance of debutants Andrew Forrest and double try scorer Rosie, who both moved up from the Colts this season.
Congratulations went to all Berwick teams at the weekend with the Colts recording a fine victory at Kelso and the under-13s, 14s, 15s and 16s all recording victories against their respective teams from Musselburgh.