The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

High­land’s good run brought to shud­der­ing halt

- Sports · Caithness · League One · National League · Inverness

North­ern Cale­do­nian’s two most northerly teams, High­land and Caith­ness, suf­fered de­feats on the road, giv­ing their coaches much to think about in the com­ing week.

High­land’s good run in Na­tional League 1 came to a shud­der­ing halt at Mel­rose, where it took the In­ver­ness side deep into the sec­ond half before they scored a point in their 31-14 de­feat at the Green­yards.

Head coach Dave Car­son said: “Mel­rose played par­tic­u­larly well, but we made it easy for them in the first half when we kicked out of hand poorly and gave away a stream of penal­ties.”

High­land were three points down in three min­utes after fail­ing to re­lease the ball in a ruck, but par­ity ruled for the rest of the half un­til just before the break when, after con­ced­ing five penal­ties, the home side plun­dered the High­land for a con­verted try.

At only 10-0 down go­ing into the sec­ond half, the In­ver­ness side were still in the game but were hit by two quick con­verted tries and not helped by a yel­low card given to lock Tom Smith and a fur­ther con­verted try to trail 31-0.

Smith re­turned to the fray to par­tially com­pen­sate by scor­ing a fine try, which was con­verted by full-back Ru­peni Roko­duguni, who then scored one of his own to which he added the ex­tras to make the fi­nal score 31-14.

Newly-ap­pointed Caith­ness head coach Ewan Boyd suf­fered a 44-5 de­feat at West of Scot­land in his first game in charge.

Boyd said: “There’s ob­vi­ously work to be done but I saw enough to en­cour­age me in the bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion. We were 27-0 down at half-time but put in a bet­ter ef­fort in the sec­ond half, scor­ing a good try through Jack McLeod, while prop John El­der put in a huge 80-minute shift in the front row.”

 ??  ?? Think­ing to do: High­land coach Dave Car­son
Think­ing to do: High­land coach Dave Car­son

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