Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hero Cross Helps Borders Win Thriller

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hero Cross Helps Borders Win Thriller

Article excerpt

The Borders produced one of their best performances of the season to take the Celtic League points in a dramatic game at Netherdale. Scoring three tries to one, the Borders deserved their long-awaited victory, but had to hang on in the final 10 minutes as Ospreys put in a late surge.

Hero of the night was prop forward Geoff Cross, who had to leave the field for 10 minutes for attention to a head wound but returned to score two tries, one in each half.

However, kicking still remains a problem for the Borders and after Gareth Morton had missed three times, Clark Laidlaw took over and the stand-off sealed the game with a penalty in injury time.

Coach Tony Gilbert said: "I am delighted for the players. They showed a lot of character and stood their nerve when it counted."

The Borders fell behind to an early try by flanker Gavin Thomas, who drove over from a line-out and Gavin Henson converted.

The Borders, however, refused either to buckle or to give away points as they had done in previous games and they were level in 32 minutes when good work by Morton and Colin Stewart allowed Cross to stretch over the line for the opening try and Morton converted. …

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