First defeat of season for Blacks

GREENOCK WANDERERS 27BERWICK RFC 19Berwick rugby suffered their first defeat of the season in Scottish National League 3 when they were beaten at Greenock Wanderers.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 08:51 am
Updated Monday, 30th September 2019, 09:34 am

After winning their first three games, which had taken them to second in the table, just one point behind the leaders, Greenock themselves made it four wins on the bounce to take over at the top of the table.

The Wanderers needed only six minutes to open their account with a converted try (7-0).

They then added a second unconverted score for 12-0 before Gareth Hill went over for the Blacks, Rory Hindhaugh

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adding the conversion for 12-7.

Berwick then lost Tom Jackson with a knee injury. They started to lose their discipline a little, but they managed to get to the break without conceding another further points.

The visitors then made a great start to the second half, a try from Tommy McColl, unconverted, levelling the scores at 12-all.

But within minutes Greenock had re-established their advantage, a converted score putting them 17-12 in front.

And they added another quick fire try to make it 24-12, a penalty extending their lead to 27-12.

Late in the game Berwick managed to add a third try, converted for 27-19, but it was too little too late as they suffered their first reverse of the campaign.

The loss puts Berwick equal third in the table on 14 points, with new leaders Greenock on 18. Next Saturday Berwick are home to Lasswade, who have an identical record to the Scremerston outfit with three wins and a defeat from their four games played, also putting them on 14 points.