Ross High 20 - 3 Dalkeith

ROSS High opened their East League Division 2 campaign with victory over Dalkeith on Saturday.

Tries from front-row duo Steven Henderson and Nick Tinlin and an incereption breakaway from Mathew Martin sealed victory for new head coach Adam Hook.

The opening quarter was a cagey affair, with neither side able to take control of proceedings.

Dalkeith took the lead with a penalty shortly before the half-hour, but Ross High hit back when scrum-half Jamie Muir found veteran hooker Henderson, and he charged over for Ross High's first try of the campaign.

James Peel missed the conversion, but Ross High turned round 5-3 to the good.

And shortly after the restart, Peel made amends for his earlier miss, slotting a penalty to extend the Ross lead to five points.

Hook's side scored a second try as prop Tinlin crashed over from 10 metres out after a short pass from Nathan Hood.

The hosts held a 10-point advantage, and kept the Midlothian men at bay with some impressive defensive work, before they sealed victory as Martin intercepted a wayward pass to sprint 60 metres and touch down.

Peel converted from under the posts, and Ross High opened with an impressive win.

An opening day win will give new coach Hook and his side confidence as they travel to Liberton on Saturday.