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Carson happy with Highland improvement in Stirling win


By Andrew Henderson


Dave Carson was happy with how Highland responded to their Melrose defeat with a 29-22 win at Stirling – even though they almost threw away a commanding lead.

Highland were cruising to a bonus-point win until yellow cards reduced them to 13 men in the final 10 minutes, nearly proving costly.

Scott Fraser was on decent form for Highland, scoring three conversions and a penalty. Picture: Callum Mackay
Scott Fraser was on decent form for Highland, scoring three conversions and a penalty. Picture: Callum Mackay

Carson’s men had to stay strong on the back foot, and held out for the win.

“For 70 minutes it was fine,” head coach Carson explained.

“The referee was really good – he reckoned Kevin Brown had interfered with a guy and not backed 10, and the other one was a high tackle.

“Rupeni Rokoduguni hit him in the chest and slid up around his shoulders. Nowadays, some refs give it and some don’t. It’s just a penalty sometimes, but he decided it was two yellows.

“We responded really well from the defeat at Melrose. The things we didn’t execute before we really did.

“It was a good all-round display in Stirling, a lot of what we worked on during the week was executed really well, which was perfect.”

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