The first half saw us playing some of our best rugby of the season, the return of Cash at 10 energising the back division and causing chaos in the Kelso ranks.
We had scored no less than five tries by half time, with scores coming from Willie, MoMo, Banger, Matt Morrell and Mike Hanning. Cash only managed to convert one of the scores – they were all wide out, to be fair – but that still amounted to a 27-0 lead.
Mike grabbed his second try in the opening seconds of the second half, but we then got drawn into a scrap with the hefty home pack that put the brakes on our scoring spree.
Kelso got on the scoresheet with a penalty try, awarded after Mike had knocked a high ball over the dead ball line to prevent a possible Kelso score; both he and Sangy were yellowed after that passage of play.
The Kelso pack then managed a pushover try to take the score to 32-12, but that was the last time the scoreboard was troubled during a fairly dour second half.
The win lifts us to fourth in the table, two points behind Selkirk and seven behind Watsonians. The men from Myreside visit Inverleith on Saturday – should be a cracker!
The 2nd XV had a harder time of it on Saturday, going down 33-8 to Ayr at Millbrae. The 2s now sit second bottom in their league, and welcome bottom club Hillhead Jordanhill to Inverleith for a crucial game on Saturday.