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Highland hold on for victory against Dundee in Inverness

By Will Clark

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HIGHLAND Rugby Club managed to squeeze a 19–15 win over Dundee despite having to close out the match with just 13 men.

Highland v Kelso, Canal Park, Inverness...Rupeni Rokoduguni running at Kelso...Picture: Callum Mackay..
Highland v Kelso, Canal Park, Inverness...Rupeni Rokoduguni running at Kelso...Picture: Callum Mackay..

It is their third victory in a row as they continue their resurgence in National One after losing their first two matches of the campaign.

Highland came from 3–0 down to lead 7–3 when Adriu Murikoti scored the first try of the match with Scotty Fraser landing the conversion.

They went into the interval with a 14–6 lead when Rupeni Rokoduguni broke clear of the defence at the Dundee 22 yard line to score their second try which Fraser also converted.

Dundee came storming back in the second half with two penalties to make it 14–12.

Highland scored an unconverted try to increase the gap to seven points. But two yellow cards in the closing stages reduced Highland to 13 players.

Dundee scored a penalty to make it 19–15 but were unable to find a try to win the match.

Head coach Davie Carson says it was a hard fought victory against Dundee.

“It is another home win, although we didn’t quite get the bonus point,” he said.

“But at the end of the game we were lucky to get away with winning.

We were just pleased when the whistle went we got the four points.

“Dundee have improved massively and we were not able to get away from them.

“They were up there until the last second of the game and always in it.

“We were down to 13 men for the last eight minutes and had to hold our own line.

“For the lads to take a scrum against the head and get the ball to safety gave us much relief at full time.”
The victory put Highland in sixth place, level with Kelso but behind on points difference.

Highland are six points behind leaders Melrose who they face after Watsonian’s next weekend.

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