A tremendous bonus point away win against close contenders.


A tremendous bonus point away win against close contenders.

In the latter stages of a very tight promotion race with five teams still in contention, all matches are important. With Lasswade in second place and Ardrossan in fourth, this tie was all the more crucial for Lasswade. Win it and they increase their grip on second place. Lose it and they drop two or three places.

Lasswade fielded a close to first choice team for this encounter with no novices or debutants.

As forecast the rain started just before kick-off and continued steadily at least until no side and ensuring the pitch was soft and somewhat treacherous. With the wind blowing straight across the park it was unlikely to be of much assistance to either side.

Ardrossan kicked off and the first scrum inside the Lasswade 22 they showed a dominance that was to continue throughout the half and forced a penalty which their standoff duly slotted.

Lasswade’s response from the restart was to camp in the home 22 for the next ten minutes until Robertson forced his way over beside the posts making for an easy Matt Smith conversion and 3-7.

The next 10 minutes was between the 22’s until Ardrossan earned a 5m scrum and used their heavier pack to drive over for Lamont to touch down for a seven pointer and 10-7.

The set scrum may have been struggling but everywhere else Lasswade had the edge but had to settle on a Smith penalty conversion to level up the scores at 10-10 for half time.

The second period restart set Lasswade up in the home 22 and a series of controlled rucks and recycling set Robertson up for his second try of the game under the posts for an almost guaranteed Smith conversion with barely 3 minutes gone.

The exchanges remained pretty even for the next 20 minutes so when a deliberate knock-on penalty opportunity arrived just into the final quarter Smith duly obliged to extend the lead to 10-20.

With the Accies visibly tiring and losing heart, Lasswade stepped up the pressure in the last 15 minutes. Their third try was a rather bizarre affair when there was a major melee in the right corner close to the home line from which the ball squirted out across the park and Burns had the relatively simple and unopposed task of scooping it up and dotting it down under the posts for Smith to make it 10-27.

With 5 minutes remaining the hunt was on for the bonus point try and the icing on the cake. Sure enough, as the clock clicked into overtime, Matt Smith took a tight side pass from a 5 metre scrum to drive over in the corner and take his personal tally to 17 points and the final score of 10-32.

This was another powerful display by all of the Lasswade squad but not for the first time their player of the match award went to Matt Hart whose elusiveness and mobility make up for the fact that he is not the biggest of wing forwards.

This win increases Lasswade’s grip on second place with Berwick 8 points ahead and Greenock Wanderers 3 points behind but with both teams having played an extra game.

The Six Nations takes control this weekend and the League contest returns with a full fixture card on March 21, Lasswade welcome Carrick to Hawthornden. Kick-off 3pm.


Unfortunately due to adverse weather, travel and pitch conditions both senior matches have been called off today!

Lasswade 1st XV v Caithness 1st XV – OFF

Peebles 2nd XV v Lasswade 2nd XV – OFF


Try bonus in the bag by half time!


With Storm Dennis wiping out fixtures elsewhere West’s all-weather pitch saved the day albeit that the wind, the cold and the rain made for a slightly error-strewn game for both sides. West are hovering just above the relegation trio while Lasswade are at the other end of the table as well as having a pretty solid record of wins from previous visits to Burnbrae. The odds very much favoured the visitors.

Against those odds West kicked off with the wind at their backs and kept their visitors pinned in their 22 for the opening five minutes then settled for a penalty off Nicholson’s boot as the Lasswade defence held solid.

Their lead lasted barely three minutes before Hunter broke from a scrum on halfway, finessed three would-be tacklers and, when the fourth stopped him, had Gladstone on hand to finish off the last 20 metres. Matt Smith had no trouble with the conversion.

Answering a penalty with a converted try was to become a bit of a pattern for the next 20 minutes.

With 18 minutes gone Nicholson slotted his second penalty and just two minutes later Blair Smith took the perfect angle for a pop pass to take him through the opposition line to the posts and another Smith conversion.

Fast forward another ten minutes and Nicholson punished a failure to release to make it 9-14 and Lasswade used a penalty a few minutes later to set up a line out 10 metres out. When the catch and drive stalled a couple of ruck recycles set Hunter up to drive over and Smith’s almost ever reliable boot added the two points.

In the closing minutes of the half Lasswade entered previously less well-charted territory by chalking up the fourth and bonus point try. A penalty in the shadow of the posts was too tempting for Robertson as he tapped and barged his way past three defenders. Smith made it four out of four shots at goal.

The 9-28 half time score soon looked slightly less secure when, just four minutes into the second period, the ball slipped out of hands in a Lasswade attack and Cochrane kicked through and won the chase to touch down. Nicholson’s conversion narrowed the gap to 12 points.

As Lasswade tightened up their game they reduced any risk of further losses and with just 7 minutes left made the game safe. Having been held up over the line it took two resets of the 5 metre scrum to release the ball to debutant Orsi on the right wing to force his way down the tight side for the ideal start to his senior playing career.

Another penalty for Smith in the final minute finalised the score at 16-41.

In a solid squad performance Matt Hart secured the player of the match for seemingly managing to be everywhere and being an expert pickpocket and stealing the ball back from some unlikely situations.

Lasswade move up to second place after this win, 8 points behind Berwick and 3 points ahead of Greenock Wanderers both of whom have played an extra game. Ardrossan in fourth place are still well in the mix just four points behind Lasswade with a game in hand.

League Rugby largely gives way to the Six Nations this Saturday and Lasswade’s next fixture is at home to relegation-threatened Caithness at 3.00pm on 29 February.

Ladies Day 2020 – POSTPONED

Sadly, after some consideration we have decided to postpone Ladies Day due to variables out with our control – particularly the ongoing affect of coronavirus on sport and gatherings.

LD will now be held on 25 April, when Lasswade play Caithness on the last day of the season. We felt that this gives enough time to be clear of the manky weather and hopefully the virus situation.

We appreciate this may not suit everyone who has committed already but seems the sensible option at the moment.

Any tickets purchased will be valid on 25 April and hope everyone can join us then.

Thanks, Gayle.


A solid if slightly nail-biting win with the bonus try frustratingly close.

By Richard Payne.

With seven wins (including away to Ardrossan) and a home draw (against Berwick) from fourteen, Hillhead were sitting plumb in the middle of the table like a banana skin for any visiting team.

Lasswade needed to dig further into its playing strength this week but none of the call-ups were debutants.

Fair weather overhead and a reasonably firm pitch promised some open rugby and both sides did not disappoint. The “opening exchanges” lasted all of the first quarter as ply swung from end to end gains. With the clock ticking into the second quarter Harte opened Hills’ account by punishing and offside at a ruck.

Just 5 minutes later Lasswade strung together a series of rucks before swing the ball wide out left and Hall found a gap to break down the wing and when about to be stopped, Gladstone was on his shoulder to take the offload and run in the last 20 metres to the posts for a straightforward Smith conversion.

Lasswade stayed slightly on top in the territorial and tactical departments and a few minutes past the half hour earned a short range penalty. A quick tap and go to Robertson, whom Hills had already found difficult to stop, who barrelled through the defence line to set up a converted try.

Hillhead replied with an assault on the visitors 22 but gave away an interception and Morris took the offload to win the 60 metre race to the corner and for once Smith’s conversion drifted wide.

3-19 looked like being the half-time score but another series of recycling rucks put Hills’ within striking distance and Scott picked a good angle to cross over but too far out for their kicker leaving the score at 8-19

Hills made the livelier start to the second period and within 5 minutes Harte touched down to narrow the gap to a perilously close 6 points.

With the twin incentives off making the game safe and earning a try bonus, Lasswade turned up the heat and twice looked to have scored in the corner only for it to be chalked off because of brush with the touchline on the way in.

Hills’ had their own chances but the Lasswade defence stayed solid.

It was some relief to all from Midlothian when the final whistle blew mixed with disappointment about the elusive bonus try.

Lasswade stay in third place but now just one point behind Ardrossan and eight points behind Berwick who have played one more game.

The Six Nations fills this weekend and Lasswade’s next fixture is a trip to West of Scotland on 15 February. Kick-off now back to 3pm.



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