Clean sweep for south

Jericevich
Jericevich

WHITECRAIGS looked capable of continuing their ascent up the leagues during a dream start to their Premier two campaign.

A bonus point win against Peebles at West Lodge on Saturday began after a series of extended pressure when centre Phil Nicol burrowed his way over for a try after 30 minutes.

With half time approaching Peebles stunned Craigs with a quick-fire penalty and converted try to be up 5-10 at half-time.

Whitecraigs began the half with renewed vigour when Nicol put Stuart Henderson through for a rare score.

Just ten minutes later, he added his second from a set move, with Ryan Moffat kicking the conversions.

Now up 20-10, Craigs were forced to defend and Peebles managed to add a try to set up an exciting finale.

Peebles could do nothing when Steven Whittet used his pace to beat three defenders and score in the corner to secure the bonus point and a 25-15 win.

Meanwhile, in Premier three, GHA secured a 30-13 win, but were left to rue missed chances which denied them a bonus point.

The victory against Dumfries at Braidhom looked unlikely when Dumfries went up 10-3 with two tries after 24 minutes.

However, GHA were within a point after 33 minutes when scrum-half Andrew Gillman slotted two penalties.

Just three minutes into the second half, new recruit Craig Sorbie picked up his own chip and chase to score under the posts. Gillman converted to make the score 16-10.

Dumfries scored a penalty soon after and from there Dumfries laid siege to the home line but GHA’s defence held out.

With the ball now in hand, Hefin O’Hare used his pace to finish a try which began from a Henderson break, and then Jericevich scored another.

Gillman converted both but GHA’s late handling errors sacrificed a bonus point.

Cartha squeezed out a 26-27 victory against a tough Greenock side, thanks to two tries from Ross Gilmour.

Next week, Cartha host Howe of Fife and GHA visit Morgan Academy. Meanwhile, Whitecraigs will welcome Selkirk to West Lodge.