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Six try show from improving Highland side after dominant 40–10 victory over Watsonians

By Alasdair Fraser

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DAVE Carson is confident Highland are heading in the right direction in National League One ahead of a massive home test against leaders Melrose next weekend.

Highland ran in six tries against Watsonians.
Highland ran in six tries against Watsonians.

The Canal Park head coach watched his side recover from an early mistake and lost try on Saturday against Watsonians to dominate much of the rest of the match.

The ultimate 40-10 triumph over the bottom of the table team made it four wins in a row since two early season defeats, with some of the eye-catching rugby on show delighting the head coach.

“They got a bit of momentum going, rolling it down from the halfway line and keeping the ball,” Carson said. “A tackle was missed and we lost an early score, but we came back into it really well. I was pleased with the performance.

“We went 19-10 up by half-time, and really pushed on and kept them to nil in the second half. To score 40 points in National One is always good.

“We had the close one the week before against Dundee where we scraped it by a point. We didn’t play that well and the boys were disappointed we didn’t get the bonus.

“We were lucky to come away with the win in the end with 13 men.

“On Saturday, we played some really good rugby and probably left three or four tries out there. It got quite wet midway through the game, so one or two balls were being dropped when we got it out wide.

“We’re delighted – it is another home victory and a great five points in the bag. We’re moving in the right direction after two early season losses. That’s four on the bounce we’ve won.

“Confidence and momentum are massive. The results are coming slowly but surely and it leads up to a massive game this weekend at home to the leaders Melrose.”

After falling seven points behind inside six minutes, Stephen Murray’s try five minutes later set Highland back on track.

Scott Fraser would convert all but one of the day’s six home tries, with Adrui Murituki, Andrew Kellock, Callum Carson, Craig Findlater and Rory Cross sharing the scores.

With the bonus point secured, Highland sit joint fourth in the table. There was the added plus of a 15-minute appearance for replacement Hugo Cross, back fit after his ankle break in the opening day defeat to Ayr. Johnny Milton also completed 80 minutes.

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