Jed-Forest 17 - 26 Peebles
Confidence was high within the Jed ranks for the first big Border derby of the league campaign. Peebles were always going to be formidable opponents though and had only lost twice in their first eight league games.
For the second week running Jed had to battle against a very strong wind in the first half. Jed were not phased though and started the match much the better team. Playing with a great pace we kept Peebles in their own half and soon went 3 - 0 up from a Donald Grieve penalty. Jed were the dominant team but some very sloppy tackling gave Peebles a try under the posts. Just as Jed were once again pressuring the Peebles line an almighty double blast of the refs whistle signaled trouble and it was Jed's back rower, Graham Robson who was shown the red card for violent play on the 20 minute mark. Robert Hogg also limped off around this time to compound Jed's problems. True to form Peebles were quick to punish us with their second converted try. Jed had the last word of the first half however when Cole Lothian was rewarded for backing up Jed's break down the middle and a brilliant off load from Donald Grieve send him in close to the posts. Guido Danil converted and no more scoring gave Peebles a 14 - 10 half time lead.
The second half started with Jed actually taking the lead when David Gobby danced up the wee stand touch line and even managed to get under the posts for a great try. Guido converted to give Jed a 17 - 14 lead. The wind had died down to a few gusts and as expected Jed were tiring. Peebles then took control of the game scoring tries after 55 and 63 minutes. Jed were still fighting and were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes left. Perhaps the points should have been taken bur we went for the corner. We did have chances to score but Gobby's off load was too difficult for Greg Walker and Scott Raeburn couldn't hold on when trying the crash ball. The final score remained 26 - 17 to Peebles.
Too many senior players played poorly today with too many panic plays giving ball away. We need to relax and sort it out before Selkirk next week.