BT Edinburgh Shield semi-final

Ross High 21 Penicuik 0

ROSS High set up a BT Edinburgh Shield final against East 2 league rivals Barnton after a hard-fought win over Penicuik in Tranent on Saturday.

Ross were favourites ahead of the match, having won a league meeting of the sides 66-0 in November, and they carried over their impressive form against a much-improved opposition.

They took the lead when Tom Docherty barged over after good work by his pack colleagues and Ryan Hook converted for 7-0.

Hook then scored their second try, a fine solo effort which he then converted to double Ross High’s lead at 14-0.

Their safe passage was secured when prolific Australian Rob Peden grabbed a third try.

Although neither side was able to affect the scoreboard in the second half, Ross High were dealt a double blow as they lost prop Nick Tinlint to a red card and try-scoring Docherty saw yellow.

Those indiscretions saw Penicuik on top for large spells, but Ross kept them at bay to seal victory.

And head coach Adam Hook – brother of try-scorer Ryan, who ended with an 11-point personal tally – was pleased with the win.

He said: “Penicuik proved to be a tough challenge in difficult conditions so it was good to get the win.

“The wind was a big factor and I think it prevented us from moving the ball as quickly as we would have liked.

“Obviously going down to 13 men didn’t help us; however, it was pleasing that we didn’t concede any points. “

Ross High are without a league match on Saturday but do have a band of supporters travelling to Wales for their annual match with Markham and to take in the Six Nations.

Hook’s side return to league duty on February 17 as they host Edinburgh University Medics.