Falkirk earn bonus point in overdue win over Peebles

Falkirk returned to winning ways against  Peebles
Falkirk returned to winning ways against Peebles

Despite making heavy weather of it at times, after getting off to a promising start with a try in the first minute, Falkirk did manage to achieve an all important win with a bonus point to boot.

The Sunnysiders opened sensationally – obviously conscious of the vital importance of winning their remaining fixtures, which will decide whether they play either National or Regional rugby next season.

A sparkling piece of slick interpassing between Jonny Hope, Bob Wyllie and Nathan Watts provided the build up for Mark Bruce to scamper his way over for the opening touchdown, which full-back Jonny Hope presently converted.

However after such a positive start, perhaps some anxiety crept in and, after such encouraging lead-ups, Falkirk began to falter. It was most certainly not helped by the fact that Peebles countered with a well worked try of their own when lock forward Kenny Clyde barged over from a ruck in the 25th minute.

Re-asserting themselves well, the home side retaliated five minutes later, when right winger Matt Morrell darted over for a try after lengthy spell of concerted pressure on Peebles try line. Jonny Hope converted successfully for a 14-5 half-time lead.

As they had done at the start of the first half, Falkirk commenced the second with a bang, when in a practice three-quarters move which came straight from the training ground, centres Graham Gillilands and David Lyle both interpassed to set up the intervening Jonny Hope who then celebrated the try with a spectacular dive.

Nevertheless Falkirk were temporarily brought back down to earth when referee Mhairi Hay yellow carded hooker Bruce Simpson in the 55th minute for ten minutes in the bin.

Falkirk managed to keep the visitors from scoring during that time, but Peebles added their second try just shortly after Simpson retook the field when their blind-side wing forward Ryan McConnell got the ball down from a ruck near the corner flag in the 69th minute.

With the end of the encounter fastly approaching the hugh sigh of relief from the onlooking home supporters must have been heard and felt on the field as Graham Gillilands broke his way through under Peebles uprights for the Sunnysiders’ bonus point award-winning try in the 77th minute,with Jonny Hope joyfully slotting over the subsequent conversion.

Falkirk travel to Burnbrae on Saturday to play West of Scotland. Kick off 3 p.m.