Musselburgh won back the Jardine Cup from close rivals Preston Lodge yesterday in a friendly at the MRFC Club Open Day at Stoneyhill.
On an exciting day which also saw our 2XV play against Penicuik in a losing effort by only 2 points, it was to be the 1XV who would reign supreme in an action packed encounter and reclaim the Cup they lost at Pennypit last year.
PL took the lead early on when Scott Clark darted through the Burgh defence for the first try, but this was cut out no more than 5 minutes later when Colin Arthur took the ball from the back of a maul and found his way over the line for the hosts first try.
But the visitors retook the lead when Clark became the creator this time and offloaded to Blair Robertson, with Falgate adding the extras to make it 12-5 to PL.
But once again Burgh found the points to bring the game level, this time Matty Crawford shrugging off the defence for the easiest of tries under the posts. Danny Owenson scored the conversion to make it 12 a piece.
It wasn't long before Sandy Watt was found on the wing for Burgh's third try and to take the lead for the first time in the game. The missed conversion, followed by a successful penalty kick from Falgate for the visitors brought the gap to two as the half trickled down.
Burgh managed to increase the gap just before half time with Preston Lodge down to 13 men, with Colin Arthur once again picking the ball up from the back of a maul and darting down to score. Owenson's successful conversion meant the score was 24-15 at half time.
Preston Lodge scored first in the second half with Burgh down to 14 men, Jack Pollard darting through the defence to score. But this was once again cut out thanks to another successful driving maul, Matty Crawford getting his second of the match. The score was now 31-22.
With 10 minutes to go and Burgh once again down to 14 men, quick thinking from Jack Gordon from a quick tap penalty found the gap in the Burgh defence to put the visitors back in the game. A successful conversion once again meant the score was only 2 points once again as the clock kept running down.
But Burgh wrapped up the win with Rory Watt running down the wing, allowing space to be freed for Tom Foley to win back the Jardine Cup and sealing the victory with the final score 38-29.
1. Ross Brown 2. Darren Miller 3. Colin Arthur 4. Jack Haynes 5. Joss Arnold 6. Jordan Lister 7. Matthew Crawford 8. Michael Badenhorst (VC) 9. Fionn Call 10. Danny Owenson 11. Sandy Watt (VC) 12. Ben Heber 13. Rory Watt (C) 14. Ollie Craig 15. Rory Hindhaugh SUBS 16. Craig Owenson 17. Donald Grant 18. Aidan Barry 19. Gavin Inkster 20. Paul Cunningham 21. Jack Anderson 22. Tom Foley