West of Scotland 17

Peebles 24

Allan Beveridge at Burnbrae

With the scores tied at 17-17 with five minutes remaining this match had a draw written all over it.

Peebles had several forward drives at the home team line but their close defence was good.

But with time running out scrum-half Murray Johnstone threw an outrageous dummy from another ruck to dive over and secure a much-needed victory.

With five players unavailable from the team who enjoyed a recent good run of wins Peebles boarded the bus for the long journey to the other side of Glasgow in the knowledge that this was going to be a close game.

On arrival in Glasgow one player had forgotten his boots and was only able to play after borrowing a spare pair from the touch judge.

Even with the borrowed boots Peebles started badly and were trailing by seven points within five minutes.

West kicked to the corner after winning a penalty, and they drove over from a line-out ruck with Billy Dineen toucjhing down.

Blair Smith converted.

A Ryan McConnell try in response was converted by Greg Raeburn.

Callum Lecky took a good lineout catch and on this occasion it was Peebles who drove over the home line.

Raeburn had the small band of Peebles followers on their feet a short time later when he side stepped his way out of defence and made good ground up the right side of the pitch.

However West were able to clear their lines.

Darren Kerr had a good run up the wing before he too was brought to ground in the West 22.

West of Scotland regained the lead in the 25th minute when Blair Smith landed a penalty from just inside the Peebles half.

Once again Peebles responded well with Ryan McConnell and Callum Lecky combining to take play with good runs into the West 22.

A penalty was awarded after a bit of foul play by the home team's flanker and he was sin binned.

Peebles kicked the penalty to the corner and won the lineout. After several drives at the line the ball was sent out by Johnstone, through the hands of Raeburn to Cammy Pye on a 'crash' ball and he scored under the posts.

Raeburn converted for a 14-10 lead.

Into the second half and Peebles were now playing with the wind and Raeburn stretched the advantage with another penalty.

West did reply and on this occasion the Peebles defence was caught out at a line out.

The Peebles forwards normally have a tried and tested ploy when defending driven lineouts in their own territory but on this occasion the ploy failed to work.

Second row Tom Grey crashed over for the try for the home team which was converted Smith.

At 17-17 and with time running out Peebles threw everything into attack and well done Johnstone for scoring that important winning try.

There was almost one last twist as Peebles drove for a bonus point try in the final minute but the Gytes men were penalised.