Two wins out of two for Blacks

MURRAYFIELD 19BERWICK RFC 40Berwick made it two wins out of two in National League 3 when they beat Murrayfield Wanderers in Edinburgh, despite a spirited second half showing from the capital side.

Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 9:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th September 2019, 10:57 am

In windy conditions, Berwick played with the elements in the first half and by the break they had built up a 0-21 lead by scoring three converted tries.

Rory Hindhaugh gave the Blacks an early advantage with Jack Webster adding the conversion.

Play then became scrappy until Seb Trotter went over for a second score after 25 minutes, Webster adding the extras for 0-14.

Gareth Hill then added a third touch down after 32 minutes, Webster making it three conversions out of three in the first period.

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Just three minutes into the second half, Berwick were reduced to 14 men when James Grieve was yellow carded and sin-binned.

But that did not prevent the visitors from scoring again, Aidan Rosie going over for the bonus point try, which Webster converted for a commanding 0-28 lead.

Murrayfield then got themselves on the scoreboard with a converted try for 7-28, but almost immediately Berwick struck back with Rosie going over for his second score, Webster kicking the conversion for 7-35.

As play swung from end to end the home side started to gain the ascendancy and they went over for another two tries, one of which was converted, and suddenly they were back to 19-35.

Nathan Melrose and Hurez then picked up a second and third yellow card for Berwick as they came under increasing pressure, but a late unconverted try saw them complete the victory.

Man of the match was Rory Hindhaugh.

The win, following on from their beating of Howe of Fife on the opening day of the season, sees the Scremerston side top of National League 3 on ten points, equal with Ardrossan, and two ahead of Greenock Wanderers.

This Saturday (September 21), Berwick are at home to Strathmore on Saturday, a side who have won one and lost one of their two opening fixtures.