Edinburgh romp to Pro Cup title
April 18, 2003

Edinburgh Gunners romped to the first ever Bank of Scotland Pro Cup title with a clinical 44-7 demolition job on the Borders at Meadowbank.

Frank Hadden's players earned the tag of Scotland's top seeds for the Heineken Cup, thanks to an amazing five-try burst just before the break.

Borders had started in positive fashion to claim the first try through Craig Moir, goaled by Gareth Morton.

But that was the cue for Edinburgh to cut loose in devastating style.

The Borders' downfall began when Campbell Feather was sin-binned for illegal handling at a ruck - and minutes later the contest was effectively over.

Scrum-half Mike Blair launched the spree by sniping round the front of a line-out, then barely a minute later Conan Sharman rain in from 40 metres.

Duncan Hodge slotted both the tricky conversions - but there was much worse to come for Borders, and substitute stand-off Stephen Cranston in particular.

Brendan Laney celebrated his return by cruising over after a sloppy Cranston pass, then Sharman completed his quickfire double when Cranston's clearance kick from behind his line was half-blocked.

To complete a magical Gunners sequence, Simon Taylor snapped up touchdown number five with a gallop from 30 metres in stoppage time before the break to make it 32-7.

The spree continued on the hour when Blair bagged his second score from long range after opposite number Iain Fairley spilled the ball in front of him.

Sub Chris Paterson rounded off the rout by adding the conversion to his own try.

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