Borders end on a high
May 2, 2003

Edinburgh 13 Borders 20

Borders smashed their Edinburgh jinx in their last outing of the Pro Cup campaign - but they had to weather a late storm to claim the glory.

Gary Armstrong's men seemed to be racing out of sight as they opened up a 16-3 lead, only for the young Gunners to stage a stirring fightback.

Then Samoan breakaway forward Semo Sititi emerged as the local hero by barging over for the decisive touchdown.

Ally Warnock made a sparkling start at Netherdale by edging Edinburgh in front after just three minutes.

Borders responded in positive style to create a try as Campbell Feather scooped up the ball from the dominant scrummage and peeled away to score. Centre Gareth Morton confidently added the conversion.

Borders looked the hungrier outfit after the restart and appeared to have killed off the Gunners by adding eight quick points.

First, Morton slotted a penalty after the visiting forwards were guilty of handling on the ground.

Then scrum-half Iain Fairley, on for Armstrong, claimed the second try as he was driven over following a tapped penalty.

To add to Edinburgh's woes, skipper Graeme Burns was yellow-carded for a professional foul on his own line seconds before the touchdown.

The Gunners were far from dead, however, and they staged a spirited rally to set up a dramatic finale.

Warnock reduced the leeway with a penalty before Brendan Laney came off the bench to manufacture a fine try for Conan Sharman in the corner.

The kick was from the widest possible angle, but Warnock hit the target to make the difference just two points but Sititi ploughed over near the touchline for the clincher.

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