Peebles 34

Lasswade 7

Allan Beveridge

at The Gytes

IT wasn't until the last five minutes of this match that Peebles earned that all-important bonus point try.

But the fourth score was certainly worth waiting for as David Wills, Greg Raeburn and Scott Stoddart all moved the ball well to present the chance for Neil Hogarth to power over the line.

It was Raeburn, who added the final conversion, who had also opened the scoring with two penalties in the first quarter of the match.

But Lasswade showed their intent just a few minutes after going 6-0 down when scrum half Nick Elliot caught the home defence flat-footed with a quick penalty to nip over the line.

Matthew Smith added the conversion to give the visitors a 7-6 lead.

The try certainly woke Peebles up and it wasn't long before they responded.

Several forward drives took play into the Lasswade 22 for Wills to throw a long pass for Raeburn to deliver a perfect crash pass to allow Murray Brown to burst over the line.

Raeburn's conversion restored the six point advantage.

Lasswade continued to keep the ball tight with Elliot looking dangerous behind the pack.

But Peebles managed to snuff out the threat and went on to score a further two tries before the interval.

Elliot collected a yellow card inside his own 22 and from the resultant penalty to the corner Richard Harrison caught cleanly to set up Ruaridh Britton for the try.

Raeburn's conversion gave Peebles a 20-7 lead.

And just a minute before the break Jack Harrison ran some 40 metres before chipping the Lasswade full back for an excellent individual score.

Raeburn was on target again to make the score 27-7.

While the first half was open and exciting, the second half slowed down somewhat.

Peebles did create some good attacking moves which Lasswade did well to stop.

And just when it looked like Hogarth was about to go over for the crucial fourth try, after running some 40 metres, he was brought down inches from the line.

But patience was key as the final try arrived in the 76th minute after some excellent passing.

All in all it was a good afternoon for Peebles as they jump a place in the League.

This weekend sees Peebles back on the road with an away game at Prestonpans.

The East Lothian side gave the Gytes Men a good run for their money in the reverse fixture early in the season and this will again be a difficult game.

Kick off is at 3pm.